Everybody has a favorite song from Tyrannosaurus Hives, the more than excellent 2004 record by The Hives (mine is “No Pun Intended”). Some might even say their favorite Hives tune goes back to 2000’s Veni Vidi Vicious. Others cite their favorites from 2007’s danceable The Black and White Album. Whatever the case may be, it’s no secret that the Hives have been providing excellent garage rocking Swedish goodness for a decade and a half now. This year marks their first record in five years – Lex Hives. And in typical style, the album totally rocks. No fat around the edges and no bullshit, the Hives are back, and this weekend, they bring their famously wild live show to MFNW.
Showing up in tuxedos and accompanied by a gang of ninjas, you might think it’d be hard to take The Hives seriously. But as the swedish garage rock group proved with their performance at the Doug Fir Lounge, if you can’t take em seriously, you’re probably taking the wrong things seriously, and you’re probably having a lot less fun. In what would be the performance of a lifetime for almost any other band, The Hives put on an incredibly energetic performance, rocking the small venue and shaking it’s many timbers to the core.
“We like an audience who screams,” announced lead singer Pelle Almqvist halfway through the set, as though this had not already been made abundantly clear, “and you like a band in top hat and tails.” With little to no regard for the FCC, the size of the stage, or his own personal safety, Almqvist spent the entire show drumming up as much mischief, mayhem, and excitement as he possibly could, parading through the crowd, unzipping his pants, borrowing a KEXP camera momentarily, and of course, saying “fuck” a lot.
If you’re in Portland make sure to catch this band tonight at the Wonder Ballroom, and if you have an internet connection, check back every day until the live video of this performance is posted. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.