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The Hives

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Fagersta, Sweden (1993 – present)

The Hives are a garage rock band from Fagersta, Sweden that emerged in the US and the UK in the early 2000s, but existed for nearly a decade before that, playing punk rock.

The Hives are:
“Howlin” Pelle Almqvist (vocals)
Nicholaus “Arson” Almqvist (guitar)
Mikael “Vigilante Carlstroem” Karlsson (guitar)
Mattias “Dr. Matt Destruction” Bernvall (bass)
Christian “Chris Dangerous” Grahn (drums)

The band claims that their songs are written by an honorary “sixth Hive”, Randy Fitzsimmons. Since Nicholaus Almqvist can be found listed under the pseudonym Randy Fitzsimmons in the archives of STIM (the Swedish equivalent of the Performing Right Society) many believe Fitzsimmons is ‘fictional’. (Nicholaus Almqvist vehemently denies this.) The band are also known for their energetic live performances, with Howlin’ Pelle running around stage and saying outrageous things, and with everyone strictly dressed in black and white.

The Hives formed in 1993 (originally they wanted to call themselves ‘The HIVs’, but decided to change it slightly resulting in their current name) 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 Swedish skate punk oriented record label Burning Heart Records.

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