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The Hives Biography

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Birth Place: Fagersta, Sweden
Years Active: 1993–present
Genres: Garage Rock Revival, Punk Rock

The Hives are a Swedish garage rock band that first garnered attention in the early 2000s as a prominent group of the garage rock revival. The Hives are known for performing in ever-changing, matching black-and-white suits. The band puts emphasis on their energetic live shows, notably with lead vocalist Howlin' Pelle Almqvist's engaging onstage banter and his guitarist brother Nicholaus Arson's crazy stage antics. The rest of the band is comprised of guitarist Vigilante Carlstroem, bassist Dr. Matt Destruction and drummer Chris Dangerous.

The band recorded a demo titled “Sounds Like Sushi” in 1994. The following year they were signed to Burning Heart, a Swedish skate punk record label. The following year they released their debut EP “Oh Lord! When? How?” In 1997 issued their debut LP, “Barely Legal” (an early stage name of guitarist Vigilante Carlstroem), and they began touring. The following year they released their second EP “A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T.”

They released their second studio album, “Veni Vidi Vicious, in April 2000 through Burning Heart Records. The album yielded the singles “Hate to Say I Told You So,” “Main Offender,” “Die, All Right!” and “Supply and Demand.” The band then signed to the Poptones label which released a best of compilation, “Your New Favourite Band,” in 2001, which proved to be their breakthrough record, reaching #7 on the U.K. Albums chart. Following the success of the album, the band re-released singles “Hate to Say I Told You So” and “Main Offender” which reach numbers #23 and #24 respectively on the U.K. Singles chart. The band also re-released “Veni Vidi Vicious” in the U.S.

It was during the promotion of Veni Vidi Vicious and Your New Favourite Band that The Hives signed a record deal with Universal Music, reportedly worth $50 million. This led to a dispute between The Hives and Burning Heart, who claimed that The Hives were still contracted to them for one more album.

After extensive touring, the band retreated to Fagersta to record their third album. The result was 2004's “Tyrannosaurus Hives,” their first new material in four years. The album included the hit singles “Walk Idiot Walk,” which debuted at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart, “Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones,” another Top 50 hit and “A Little More for Little You.”

“The Black and White Album,” was issued in 2007 in the U.K. on Polydor and in the U.S. on A&M/Octone. It was mostly recorded in Oxford, Mississippi, Miami, and in their native Sweden. Production of the album was handled by Dennis Herring, Jacknife Lee, Thomas Öberg, The Neptunes and the band.

2012 saw the release of their fifth studio album, “Lex Hives.” The album was self-produced by The Hives and mixed by Grammy Award winner Andrew Scheps with two additional tracks mixed by D. Sardy and Joe Zook.