*Hysteria mode ON* It is happening, guys! It is finally happening! The Hives are back to save us all from dull Pop Music! *Hysteria mode… still ON*
You know that anxiety when one of your favorite bands lays low for years? Of course you do. You also do know what inevitably happens : you get waaaay too much time to think about dreadful scenarios. And boy, our minds were busy.
Here are some of the most plausible hypothesis we considered :
1. The Almqvist brothers deciding to team up to start a new brilliant, though ephemeral, career in yodel.
2. Vigilante dying his beard blue and getting into hardcore electro.
3. The hiring of a hype stylist collective convincing them to trade their signature monochromeness for a palette of nudes and pastels.
Luckily, none of this happened and this year, all of us lucky bastards got to lay our feverish hands on not only 1 but 2 brand new banging singles.
With “I’m Alive”, our personal favorite, the Swedes boldly go where too few punk bands have gone before : Blues. And it suits them terrifically well. Still, they manage to keep everything we love about The Hives : heavy drumming, compelling riffs, visceral screaming and… Bells 🖤 How could we possibly resist some bells?
“Good Samaritan” is more classic-Hives with their trademark irresistible punk energy. The intoxicating riff and magnetic rhythm versatility will make you play it on repeat and sing/scream along the refreshingly cynical and honest lyrics.
Last but not least, as people of impeccable taste, they chose to release these two bangers with our beloved Third Man Records. Could it possibly get any cooler? Well, the Nashville website hints a possible album for later this year…
Welcome back The Hives! 👊🎩 Now time to go back to the kitchen, the oven just went “Ding”….