It was nearly twenty years ago that those dashing, dangerous Swedes The Hives unleashed their debut album, 'Barely Legal,' and set the music world on its head. In the two decades since, the unlikely black-and-white rock-and-roll heroes have filled the
mantels of Hive Manor with countless awards, sold millions of records, and blown even more minds with a superhuman live show that shakes the halls of Heaven and rattles the bowels of Hell. Front man Howlin' Pelle Almqvist would like you to believe this was all part of the plan from Day One, but the truth is a little more complicated.
"As a kid, I used to have this feeling that you shouldn't be in a band for more than three records," Almqvist says with a laugh. "I didn't think any band had made more than three good records consecutively, but I've changed my mind now."
But what's next for the boys in black-and-white? What mountains remain to be climbed, what lands are yet to be conquered? Will we ever hear from them again? Maybe. For The Hives, it's all or nothing, perfection or silence, make their greatest album yet or die trying.
"Something's brewing in Hive Manor," Almqvist cryptically promises. "We'll see if it makes the whole house explode and The Hives disappear forever, or if we can actually create something wonderful and magical and come back to everybody, because we know that’s what they want."
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