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The Hives

The Hives

Fact Sheet

Musical genre:Punk  
The Hives are a Fagersta, Sweden, punk band that emerged in the U.S. and U.K. in the early 2000s. The Hives are vocalist "Howlin'" Pelle Almqvist, guitarists Nicolaus "Arson" Almqvist and "Vigilante" Carlstroem, bassist "Dr. Matt Destruction", and drummer "Chris Dangerous".

The Hives formed in 1993, and released their debut recording, the EP Oh Lord! When? How? in 1996, followed by 1997's Barely Legal LP and 1998's a.k.a. I.D.I.O.T. EP on the Burning Heart Records record label.

Soon after, they began touring in the US and, finally released their 2000 U.S. breakthrough album, Veni, Vidi, Vicious; the album included the hit singles "Main Offender" and "Hate to Say I Told You So". Their U.K. breakthrough, Your New Favourite Band, a greatest-hits compilation, was released on the Poptones label in 2001. This was followed by extensive touring, as well as the re-release of previous recordings in the U.S.

A new album called Tyrannosaurus Hives will be released on July 20, 2004, followed by the release of their new single, "Walk Idiot Walk", which can currently be heard on radio and its video can be seen on music video channels worldwide.