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They're spunky, they're fashionable, they're The Hives!
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

The Hives
Thursday, November 1 - 9pm
The Showbox (Sodo)


Up until 2002, the hippest thing to come from Sweden was IKEA. Then came The Hives. The spunky quintet, with a fashion-foot forward approach to garage punk, have become the Scandinavian symbol for cool since the release of their cranking debut Veni Vidi Vicious. The five-piece went from a low-profile band of the month to magazine cover material in a short matter of time, and extended their hot streak to a second album, 2004's Tyrannosaurus Hives. And if you have yet to ear-sample these fine Swedish lads, know that their music is as catchy as their song titles. Catchier, I'm sure of it.

Led by Howlin' Pelle Almqvist (yes, that's his name), The Hives have found an audience amongst trendy punks. Almqvist was quoted in an interview as saying musicians actually sound better when they're wearing suits. Um, okay. Speaking of sound, this Euro-sporty group is all about being fast, loud, fun, and all the while, witty. This is what The Hives will bring to Seattle when they zip to The Showbox (Sodo) on Thursday night. They'll also introduce material from their new effort, The Black and White Album, which I have yet to listen to. Besides lead vocalist Almqvist, The Hives consists of Nicholaus Arson (guitar), Vigilante Carlstroem (guitar), Dr. Matt Destruction (bass), and Chris Dangerous (drums).

I've never seen The Hives in concert before, but I imagine it's a wild ride. Which is why Thursday is circled on my calendar - with sparkling glitter, of course. I'm eager to hear live versions of "Abra Cadaver", "Hate to Say I Told You So", "Find Another Girl", and "A Little More for Little You". Most definitely, The Hives will be decked out in suits - probably black and white - with shiny dress shoes. Check these boys out at www.myspace.com/thehives. If you consider going to The Hives show, know that The Showbox (Sodo) is the former Premier club located on First Avenue a block away from Starbucks main offices. Parking is free along the street, but I recommend a taxi because that area can sometimes be a bit shady at night. A. Rodriguez

Artist essentials: The highly entertaining DVD Tussles in Brussels is a great way to warm up to The Hives.


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