Having seen their name plastered about the internet, and with them also set to play the main stage at Reading & Leeds this year, I decided to give The Hives’ latest album Lex Hivesa listen. I know near nothing about the band, although I now know they’re Swedish and have been about a while, releasing five albums across a 30+ year career.
The first thing I think of while listening to The Hives are Ramones. Lead vocalist ‘Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist’s voice reminds me of that Joey Ramone way of pronouncing his ‘ers’, ‘rs’ and ‘ys’, the songs that made me make this comparison were Patrolling Days and These Spectacles Reveal The Nostalgics,however it’s not a copy, it’s still a fresh sound, but certainly nods at the legendary punk band.
Track 4, I Want More is one of the most bizarre yet exciting rock tracks I’ve heard in a long long time. It seems to fuse so many different inspirations together to create a concoction of rock that pays tribute to some of the genre’s greats. The intro/guitar sounds like AC/DC, the following drums sound like Queen’s We Will Rock You, the singing style, tempo and rhyming style reminisce Damon Albarn as 2D of Gorillaz and the supporting vocals look to the likes of U2. It’s a great song.
Lex Hives flies past and before you know it it’s over, it’s such an enthralling piece of music, the ‘this sounds like’s reach extraordinary lengths with Wait A Minute sounding like Blondie, Come On! sounding like The Heavy and 1000 Answers sounding like The Vaccines, a lot of people will feel at home listening to The Hives’ latest studio album, including myself.