You need to listen to Makthaverskan’s ‘Antabus’ before the end of the decade
06.12.2019

You need to listen to Makthaverskan’s ‘Antabus’ before the end of the decade

Makthaverskan
Photo: Tobias Bauer
Words by Tobias Handke

Swedish act Makthaverskan might not have reached the post-punk heights of their contemporaries, but the energetic quintet is responsible for one of my favourite songs of the past decade.

‘Antabus’ is a breakup song in the purest form and one I had on repeat when I was dealing with the end of a relationship a number of years back. This is three minutes of pummeling punk rock detailing teen angst and the pain that comes with a broken relationship. Named after the drug prescribed to alcoholics that causes them to become violently ill if they drink, the song is very much like the drug itself, with heartfelt lyrics reflecting the pain and sickness you feel after being dumped.

As her friends tell her she’s “a fool” and “should get on” with her life, frontwoman Maja Milner finds herself alone at home yelling “Fuck you, fuck you” to her ex, something we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives.

Relatable, cathartic and, above all, easy on the ears, ‘Antabus’ is a simple yet effective breakup song from one of music’s most underrated acts.