The Hives' Howlin' Pelle Almqvist
The Hives' very own Howlin' Pelle Almqvist. Airborne for Art.

The Hives – Live At Reading 2014 – Past Daily Soundbooth

The Hives' Howlin' Pelle Almqvist

The Hives’ very own Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist. Airborne for Art.

The Hives – Live at Reading 2014 – Recorded live at Reading Festival August 23, 2014 – BBC 6 Music – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

The Hives in concert at the 2014 Reading Festival – Recorded and broadcast by BBC 6 Music on August 23, 2014.

The Hives rose to prominence in the early 2000s during the Garage Rock Revival. Their mainstream success came with the release of the album Veni Vidi Vicious, containing the single “Hate to Say I Told You So”. The band has been acclaimed by music critics as one of the best live rock bands.

The Hives have released five studio albums: Barely Legal (1997), Veni Vidi Vicious (2000), Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004), The Black and White Album (2007) and Lex Hives (2012). They have one compilation album, Your New Favourite Band (2001) and they have issued a live DVD, Tussles in Brussels (2005).

The band claims it was formed in 1993 (although formed in 1989 under a different name and sound) under the guidance of Randy Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons suggested that they form a garage rock band. He gave each band member a letter asking them to start the band. Fitzsimmons allegedly acts as a songwriter and manager for the band. The band recorded a demo titled Sounds Like Sushi in 1994. The following year they were signed to Burning Heart Records, a Swedish independent record label. The following year they released their debut EP Oh Lord! When? How? Almqvist decided to promote the band to Burning Heart.

In 1997 they released an album called Barely Legal (an early stage name of guitarist Vigilante Carlstroem), and began touring. The following year they released their second EP A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T.

All songwriting except covers on the band’s albums are credited to “Randy Fitzsimmons”. The band claim Fitzsimmons is an honorary “sixth Hive,” who along with writing their music, discovered and manages the band. The band has included hidden references to a sixth member of the band, including a hidden sixth pair of legs on the back cover of the Tyrannosaurus Hives album art. Randy Fitzsimmons is a registered pseudonym for Niklas Almqvist.

The Hives live show has been highly rated, with Spin magazine rating them 8th best in rock music. Pelle is known for his “colourful idiocy” on stage. When asked about their efforts to connect with the audience, Chris Dangerous replied that “there are so many bands out there that don’t say a word to the crowd. I don’t get it. They don’t even look at the audience and that’s ridiculous”. The Hives always dressed in matching black-and-white tuxedos because “it makes [them] look like [they] belong together”.

Considering the current atmosphere of life on Planet Earth at the moment, it would behoove you to crank this one up and enjoy the quarantine. Can’t do much else.




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