Australia Australia
Top Album
Bernard Fanning - Departures
Top Single
Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell - Blurred Lines
USA USA
Top Album
Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
Top Single
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. + Pharrell - Blurred Lines
UK UK
Top Album
Black Sabbath - 13
Top Single
ROBIN THICKE / TI / PHARRELL - Blurred Lines
8761
The Hives
Photo by Ros O'Gorman

REVIEW: The Hives, The Palace, Melbourne, 26 July, 2011

By Andrew Tijs
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:48:57 +1000

Nothing can stop Swedish rock princes The Hives from being the most electrifying live band in the world.

Even a last minute moving of venues, from the cavernous Festival Hall to the decidedly smaller but more punter-friendly Palace Theatre, and the lack of a new album to plug wasn’t going to slow the dapper rock juggernaut that is The Hives.

How easily we forget how incredible this band is. Backed by a spooky puppeteer banner, the lads strode out in full tails, white bow ties and top hats (leaving us questioning: sartorially, how they can top that?), the band ripped through their jaunty, deceptively simple catalogue of definant tales of schoolyard rebellion.

They cherry-picked tunes from end to end – everything from the blistering ‘Die Alright!’ to the strutting ‘Walk Idiot Walk’ to the jittery ‘Won’t Be Long’ – all the while Greatest-Frontman-In-The-World Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist reminding us how privileged we were to be witness to the show.

He did the splits, climbed into the crowd, stood tall on the bass drum, chicken-walked a la Jagger, and roused the crowd into clapping along to song after song. It’s a Herculean effort to whip a crowd into such a frenzy and he was helped by scores of drumsticks tossed into the crowd from Chris Dangerous and the careless guitar-tossing moves of Nicholaus Arson.

This action would’ve been enough. The instantly catchy tunes would’ve been enough. Even the airing of a couple of promising new anthems would’ve been enough.

Then they did two things I’ve never seen at a rock show before.

At the crescendo of ‘Tick Tick Boom’ each band member froze mid-flail. The crowd went nuts. They remained frozen. They crowd went nuttier. They stayed like that for over a minute, which is like an eon when you’re talking about the constant action of a Hives concert, as the crowd applauded in growing disbelief. Then “Tick tick tick tick BOOM” and they were done.

But of course they weren’t done. They returned to the stage and got the entire crowd to sit down on the floor, which I’ve never seen a band accomplish without being a snoozy folk act. Then, up comes the crowd for another few killers until they closed with the greatest riff of the last decade (and a bit) from ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’.

As the cheers slowly subsided from deafening, Almqvist cheekily offers his top hat for tips and the band unites for a deep theatrical bow. Once again, The Hives teach every other band a lesson in rock n’ roll.

Heading_relatedcontent
  1. THE HIVES ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR DATES THIS SEPTEMBER

    The Hives will return to the U.S. in September 2012 for a West Coast run in support of their lauded new album Lex Hives. Kicking off September 6 in Vancouver, the band will make stops in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Oakland, Las Vegas and more.
    11:47am Jun 28, 2012
  2. THE HIVES TO TOUR EAST COAST OF OZ IN 2013

    In another boon for Australian punters, The Hives have just announced a cheeky little tour of the East Coast while they are here for the Falls Festival. At this rate I will need to win lotto in order to achieve maximum music punting action over summer.
    11:34am Oct 02, 2012
  3. THE HIVES TO JOIN PINK ON 2013 NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR

    The Hives will return to the U.S. in February for a nationwide tour supporting P!nk. The shows will commence February 13 in Phoenix, and take them to 25 cities across the U.S.
    10:54am Nov 13, 2012
Loader

  1. Catherine Britt - Undercover Interviews

    Catherine Britt chats to Undercover about her latest self-titled album release.
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  2. Dan Kelly - Undercover Interviews

    Dan Kelly plays the tracks ‘The Decomissioner’, ‘Dan Kelly’s Dream’ and ‘Drowning...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  3. Jamie Cullum - Undercover Interviews

    Jamie Cullum talks to Undercover about his music career.
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  4. Jason Derulo - Undercover Interviews

    Jason Derulo comes in to the Undercover Studio to chat about his music and life o...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  5. Stereophonics - Undercover Interviews

    Welsh band Stereophonics have a chat to Undercover about their latest music achie...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  6. Catherine Britt - USessions

    Catherine Britt comes into the Undercover studios to play a few songs off her lat...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  7. Dan Kelly - USessions

    Dan Kelly plays the tracks ‘The Decomissioner’, ‘Dan Kelly’s Dream’ and ‘Drowning...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  8. Darlene Love - Undercover Interviews

    Darlene Love has a chat to Undercover about her 50-years in show business.
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  9. Rebecca Barnard - USessions

    Rebecca Barnard comes into the Undercover studio to play a few songs off her late...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
  10. Lazy Susan - USessions

    Paul Andrews from Lazy Susan plays the tracks ‘Expecting To Change’, ‘Bad Hands’ ...
    4:25pm Jun 25, 2010
Heading_hottopics
Processing...
Closepopup
Ajax-loader_3