LISTEN UP! The Hives ‘Tyrannosaurus Hives’

The masters of high energy, foot stomping, garage punk riot music THE HIVES came to prominence in the early 2000’s as one of the faces of the ‘Rock Revival’. THE HIVES are a band that have managed what many of the bands of that time have not, that being longevity, which is in many cases a testament to their 2004 release Tyrannosaurus Hives. Why? Well because it’s that coveted release which manages to be better than the album the band first came to prominence with.

As an album Tyrannosaurus Hives is as bold as it is to the point. Void of fluff or filler tracks, Tyrannosaurus Hives runs at a slick 30minutes, without a wasted second. If there is any mentality that is most obvious when listening to these tracks it is that they are there to rock hard. Get in, get out.

Pelle Almqvist vocal performance is a grounding force of these tracks, there is a charisma and a personality in his voice that is hard matched with any performer today. You never get these sense that he isn’t having the time of his life. When looked at in the context of the ‘Rock Revival’ of the early 00’s Almqvist helped as a major distinguishing factor away from the screeching or laid back vocals of Jet, The Libertines or The Vines.

As far as the tracks are concerned ‘Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones’ and ‘Walk Idiot Walk’ still stand up as some of the better tracks of THE HIVES, and have not aged a day. But a track that may have gone unnoticed in the sea of pounding beats and blasting guitars is the Kraftwerk-esk ‘Love in Plaster’, surprisingly harrowing breakup track.

Words by Luke Letourneau