Saturday, 3 March 2018
The Hangups - Addicted
The Hangups are a melodic punk rock 3 piece from Malmo, Sweden who formed in 2015 and who's line up consists of Ale Hangup (guitar/vocals), Hugo (bass/backing vocals) and Jimmy (drums). They released their debut S/T ep digitally in 2016 but it's only recently become available on 7" vinyl from Monster Zero Records. Influenced by the likes of The Ramones, The Queers, Screeching Weasel, Teenage Bottlerocket etc, I find that this is a genre where the good bands often get lost amongst a surfeit of mediocrity. Not on this occasion though as The Hangups seem to get pretty much everything spot on. The songs are catchy & fun and the production is bang on the mark.
Opener Addicted will rattle around in your head like the best ear worms do. I Don't Wanna Be With You ups the pace nicely and is about realising you want out of a shitty relationship, Alone is a bright and breezy Teenage Bottlerocket style tune and closing track It Is You keeps things at a high tempo leaving you wanting more. Luckily there's plans for another ep later this year.
If you like what you hear you can get the 7" here : https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/hangups-the-s-t-7
Digitally it's available here : https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/s-t
For more info, including details on their gig with The Ramonas, give them a like on Facebook.... https://www.facebook.com/thehangupssux/
Give them a listen, I'm betting you'll end up Addicted.....