The Hives Biography
Pleasantly inspired by upstart Garage-Rock and sheer Pop style, The Hives came together in the small industrial town of Fagersta, SWEDEN, in 1993; comprising vocalist Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, guitarists Nicholaus Arson and Vigilante Carlstroem, bassist Dr. Matt Destruction and drummer Chris Dangerous, the quintet gigged around the area and began recording soon after.
Two years later the quintet released a mini-CD entitled "Oh Lord!
Their debut full-length album, "Barely Legal", came out in 1997 and was supported by their first European tour.
A year later followed an EP called "A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T" and their first tour dates in the United States.
The year 2000 saw the release of the group's finest moment to date: "Veni Vidi Vicious"; the disc achieved much attention and two years later their second effort managed to crack The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with a peak of #63. It contained the breakout hit "Hate To Say I Told You So" which peaked at #6 on The Modern Rock Tracks and eventually hit the top 30 of the National British chart; the second single, "Main Offender", was another U.K. top 40 hit for the Swedish alt-rockers.
The Hives returned in the summer of 2004 with "Tyrannosaurus Hives" which quickly became a #1 hit in their native country, rose to #7 in U.K. and peaked at #33 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums list, while the main single, "Walk Idiot Walk", crawled up to #19 on the U.S. Modern Rock chart and stormed into the British Sales chart at #13.
October 2007 saw the Swedish quintet unleash "The Black And White Album"; the CD reached the #65 position on The Billboard 200 led by the infectious Moder Rock top 40 hit single "Tick Tick Boom".
The Hives ended a long break from recording in 2012 issuing their fifth album, "Lex Hives", in June; it included the single "Go Right Ahead" which spent only one week on the top 40 of The Alternative Songs chart.