Part of the same generation as
the Hellacopters and
the International Noise Conspiracy,
although lumped with the great rock'n'roll swindles of the 2000s (the White Stripes, the Strokes),
Swedish garage-rockers Hives
(fronted by vocalist Howlin' Pelle Almqvist)
debuted with the EP Oh Lord! When? How? (1996)
and the mini-album Barely Legal (Burning Heart, 1997 - Gearhead, 2002),
which included their anthem A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T.
The real treat was Veni Vidi Vicious (Burning Heart, 2000 - Gearhead, 2002), one of the most serious offenders of the era
(Hate to Say I Told You So, Main Offender).
Your New Favourite Band (Poptones, 2002 - Sire, 2004) is an anthology.
Tyrannosaurus Hives (Interscope, 2004) was a disappointment, a largely
watered-down version of their classic sound. It includes
A Little More for Little You,
Walk Idiot Walk (reminiscent of the Who's I Can't Explain)
Love in Plaster, Dead Quote Olympics,
Diabolic Scheme and Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones.
Each of these could have competed for stand-out of their career, except
that here it is played with an odd sort of indifference.
The three worthwhile ditties out of
The Black And White Album (A&M, 2007), namely
Tick Tick Boom,
Giddy Up and T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S, are wildly different in style
from each other, but share one common attribute: they all sound like
parodies of the 1970s.
Lex Hives (2012) sounds like a vain exercise in nostalgia: there are
echoes of classic rock in almost every song, and never particularly well
The single Go Right Ahead is reminiscent of the
Electric Light Orchestra's
Don't Bring me Down.
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