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The Hives
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By Marissa R. Moss on June 6, 2012


The Hives

Where you been, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist? The lead singer (and heir to Mick Jagger’s rooster dance) and the rest of his Swedish crew have been laying low since 2007’s The Black and White Album, which branched out a touch from their Stooges-infused formula with Jacknife Lee (known for work with U2 and R.E.M.) and Pharrell Williams collaborations. Lex Hives is about as true to their roots as it comes. Self-produced, there’s little pushing into new territory, just spunky, fuzzy, three-chord thumpers that pay tribute to Iggy Pop, Ramones and Operation Ivy. They’re not reinventing the wheel—even the single, “Go Right Ahead,” borrows heavily from Electric Light Orchestra’s “Don’t Bring Me Down.” Where The Hives really shine is live, and their recordings are merely reasons to hit the stage: you can visualize Almqvist hopping and howling, “My patrolling days are over / And I ain’t shot nobody since,” on the awesome “Patrolling Days.” Lex Hives won’t start a revolution, but it’s enough to keep the ghost of CBGB mighty happy in her grave. 

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