The Hives are a punk band from Fagersta, Sweden, that emerged in the US and United Kingdom 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. The band claim that their songs are written by an honorary 'sixth Hive', Randy Fitzsimmons.
Soon after, they began touring in the US and, finally released their 2000 US breakthrough album, Veni Vidi Vicious; the album included the hit singles "Main Offender" and "Hate to Say I Told You So". Their UK 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 US
See also: List of Swedes in music
- The Hives Official Site
- The Hives Bandnews
- Burning Heart Record Label
- Poptones Record Label
- Official Site