Release Date: February 21, 2019

Format: Digital, Physical and Vinyl

Label: Monster Zero

Location: Malmö, Sweden

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ale Hangup – Guitar & Vocals
  • Hugo – Bass & Backing vocals
  • Poffe – Drums
  • Ludvig – Guitar & Backing vocals

Favorite Tracks: Stupid World, Out Of Order, Done With You, and Bigger Brain

Sounds Like: The Queers, Screeching Weasel, and old school Greenday


Sweden’s The Hangups have released their second EP called, “No Expectations” on Monster Zero Records. We reviewed their first EP here, I’m still rocking this record 6 months later. Today we get a brand new one!

I’m lucky I grew up during the time when Look Out Records was releasing some of the best punk bands from the 90s. “No Expectations” continues this tradition. One aspect I tend to dislike are outright depressing bands. I mean no disrespect, and we all need those bands at certain times in our lives. For a music reviewer 10 straight tracks of sadness, is seriously very depressing.


This is why I adore the Hangups. All of their songs put a Joker like smile on my face.

So let’s check out, “No Expectations”. I have to admit I do have high expectations since I loved their last release. “Stupid World” is the first track up and it will get that dopamine moving. The drums are excellent. I’m feeling the throwback effect already. The lead singer’s voice sounds almost exactly like Joe Queer.

“Out of Order” is the second track up. The track is super fast. Grab your best friend and head for the pit. The drums and riffs are the stars of the track. “Done With You” comes up next. This is pure and 100% break up punk. Everyone and anyone can relate to this song. Where was this song when I really needed it? Damn.

“Bigger Brain” is next and this ends this kick ass EP. This would be my second favorite track. The lyrics are addicting with a thumping bass line. Overall The Hangups record, “No Expectations”, should quickly join your collection. This a 4 track record that gives you that youthful, no fecks given feeling. It’s something we all need in order to remain positive in a world full of shite. Grab your board and pick this one up on vinyl today.


Track List Per Bandcamp

1.Stupid World

2.Out Of Order

3.Done With you

4.Bigger Brain


OK, so there’s kind of a sub-sub-genre that nobody talks about; or maybe it’s just that nobody ever gave it a name… but if nobody’s done it yet, I’m just going to go ahead and coin a term:

“Breakup Punk”

You know what I’m talking about… the music you listen to right after a breakup, that helps you feel strong at your weakest moments.  The stuff that helps you say “FUCK THAT,” and move on with your life with newly-discovered perspective into the way the world works; and what you do or don’t want for yourself in the future; and what you’ve learned about yourself!

Usually, it’s one album… enough for someone to get shit off their chest, and move on to the political shit.  Some bands, like Reel Big Fish, have made a career out of it.

When I first listened to “S/T,” by  The Hangups from Malmö, Sweden, this was my impression.

If you’re like me (and it’s probably safe to say that you are, if you’re actually reading this), then music is an intrinsic part of your life; and it takes the “right” music to help you through the hard times. If this sounds like you, then this is certainly an album that I would recommend to anyone that’s recently gone through the pain of a breakup; which is something that we all go through at one time or another.

It’s powerful, heartfelt, and the progressions and tempos have a definite harkening to the Ramones or New York Dolls.

Now, some might listen to the first track and think, “wait a minute… this isn’t a breakup song…”

… and to them, I say “NAY!”

ANYONE that’s ever gone through a breakup has “that phase,” where you’re going out all the time, getting shitfaced, and *pretend* to be having a good time.  While the first song may seem like a “party song,” don’t fool yourself… it’s aaaaaaaaall part of the breakup process…

I feel confident in saying, The Hangups have mastered the art of “Breakup Punk,” and I look forward to hearing their future releases, because quite frankly, this kicks ass!