Dr. Matt Destruction, Howlin' Pelle... The Hives were certainly theatrical. Their matching stage outfits, usually a striking mix of black and white, allied to scorching live performances, attracted the attention of Burning Heart Records in Stockholm. Shortly thereafter, the band debuted Oh Lord! When How?, a 'mini-album' that was followed by the longer Barely Legal (not to mention the brilliant Veni Vidi Vicious). They had and have a serious live reputation, and in 2001 Alan McGee licensed the band to his fledgling Poptones label. The timing turned out to be right; The Hives caught The White Stripes and Strokes wave full in the face, and promptly broke into the UK Top 10. A worldwide contract with Universal Music followed, and the group subsequently dropped 2004's entertaining Tyrannosaurus Hives, which added a moneyed studio gloss to their pin-sharp garage riffs. The aptly titled Black And White Album came three years later.
Followers: White Denim, Moneybrother
Influenced By: The Seeds, MC5, The Stooges, The Sex Pistols...