(2012) Main Offender

The Hives

... read moreAdminister a Main Offender blindfold test to a pop scholar and chances are they'll mistake the Hives for a garage band submerged in New York City's Lower East Side or suburban Detroit. In actuality, the Hives are a natty Swedish outfit that have mastered every noisy nuance of punk rock -- that is...

08′:19″ 3 Songs

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(Not available) Main Offender
The Hives
2:33
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(Not available) Lost And Found
The Hives
3:25
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(Not available) Howlin' Pelle Talks To The Kids
The Hives
2:21
Released 23 May 2012, 2001 Burning Heart Records

Review

Administer a Main Offender blindfold test to a pop scholar and chances are they'll mistake the Hives for a garage band submerged in New York City's Lower East Side or suburban Detroit. In actuality, the Hives are a natty Swedish outfit that have mastered every noisy nuance of punk rock -- that is attitude, cheap guitar licks, more attitude, a pounding backbeat, and, finally, attitude. Front maniac Almqvist takes Iggy Pop's ruptured blues howl up a notch and runs it through a blender of revved up chain-saw riffs while his cadre of hooligans raise the roof. The combustion of chaos and enthusiasm is often infectious, especially on "Howlin' Pelle Talks to the Kids," which proves beyond a reasonable doubt that three chords and a sense of humor, in rock & roll, is timeless. The EP is a primer for a full-length release on Alan McGee's Poptones imprint. ~ Tom Semioli