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The Hives’ ‘Lex Hives’ Hits Stores, Band Picks Out Records at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, June 5, 2012 05:33pm | Post a Comment
The Hives Lex HivesThe HivesLex Hives is out today, and it’s maybe the band’s strongest effort since Veni Vidi Vicious. I remember being in college and all kinds of people were into The Hives during the short-lived so-called garage rock revival of the early ’00s. Mostly “Hate to Say I Told You So” was just better and louder than anything else on the radio at the time, back when people were still listening to mainstream radio to find new and exciting rock bands.
 
It’s great to hear them in good form again on Lex Hives, exuding the same bratty appeal that made them so much fun in the first place. The band continues to veer from the garagey punk of their debut toward both the new wave feel of Tyrannosaurus Hives, like the Devo-esque “Wait a Minute,” and scuffed up ’70s arena rock, especially on first single “Go Right Ahead,” which is like a punk version of E.L.O.’s “Don’t Bring Me Down.” There are still plenty of garage-punk cuts to be had, like breakneck-speed rockers “These Spectacles Reveal the Nostalgics” and “If I Had a Cent,” but it’s nice to see them mess with the formula a bit to keep things interesting — “Take Back the Toys” sounds like someone left a cassette of the band’s biggest hit out in the sun, baked into crispy lo-fi, while “My Time Is Coming” begins a blues-y dirge before tearing into it.
 
Pick up Lex Hives online or in-store, and check out their “What’s In My Bag?” below, in which the band digs into punk, blues, Neil Young and Mitch Hedberg. Frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist is 34 this year, but still somehow looks 18. What do the Swedes know that we don’t?
 

 
Some of The Hives’ Amoeba picks:
 
Mariachi El Bronx II
Mariachi El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx II
 

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Behind the Scenes of our "What's In My Bag?" Video with The Hives

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 19, 2012 06:53pm | Post a Comment
Swedish garage rock quintet The Hives visited Amoeba Hollywood today for a What's In My Bag? video on their way to the desert for Coachella weekend #2. This is the band's second time playing Coachella (their first was in 2003) and, after last weekend's performance at the festival, they were excited to be heading back for another show. Their new album, Lex Hives - their first album in five years - is out June 5 on band's Disques Hive label.

At the end of the shoot, the band was joined by honorary Hives member and unofficial Amoeba mascot CASH the dog

The Hives at Amoeba

The Hives Pelle Almqvist Vigilante Carlstroem The Hives
Howlin' Pelle Almqvist (vocals)
Vigilante Carlstroem (guitar) 

Chris Dangerous The Hives Nicholaus Arson The Hives
Chris Dangerous (drums)
Nicholaus Arson (guitar) 

Dr. Matt Destruction The Hives
Dr. Matt Destruction (bass)

The Hives