I first heard The Hives on a compilation mix tape of Swedish punk and hardcore that Millencolin drummer Fredrik Larzon had made and gave me on the band’s first ever tour to Australia. The mix tape also introduced me to other great Swedish punk bands such as 59 X The Pain, Refused, Mindjive and more! As always, once I hear a band I love, I have a huge desire to share their awesomeness with the rest of the world so, I set out to interview them—not such an easy task at the time being located in Australia! There was no internet to simply shoot them an email, the band only had two EPs and one full length that you had to import order at the local record store; they weren’t really known outside of Sweden. I sent them a letter (old school style). Below is the correspondence that frontman Pelle sent back to me, featuring a self-portrait he drew and him citing Australian bands The Saints, Radio Birdman and The Victims as influences on the band. He super thoughtfully sent me a whole lot of band stickers too that I still have to this day.
Rolling Stone magazine is now streaming The Hives’ first single Go Right Ahead from forthcoming album Lex Hives (released June 5th). They’re also playing this year’s Coachella along with some of my favourite bands: Le Butcherettes, Refused, At The Drive-In!
Write a letter!
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*The Hives’ photo credit: Stephen Booth (one of my favourite photographers ever!)