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The Hives, Lex Hives
Disque Hives Records, June 5

06/07/12



Definitely a theme in place this week — not only is this Swedish band getting old yet still sounding crazy, but they as well kick off their newest record with a song comprised of less than a handful of words, in this case “Come On.” You know these guys from “Tick Tock Boom,” a simple punk headbang tune that’s been used in commercials about as often as Blur’s “Song 2” (calm down, not everyone on the planet knows this stuff, just go make some crackers and peanut butter or something). Now fully aware of their infamy as crazy-sound crazy guys on stage, they dispense with any ¾-speed formalities and jump straight into Black Flag/Buzzcocks spazz mode for the first three songs, ripping off ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” on “Go Right Ahead” — no, they rip it off and kick it and give it a thorough noogie, which is just what you slack-jawed Shins-ruined kids need right now, like if you were sitting waiting for a job interview and a 25-year-old Iggy just cold busted down the wall and blasted a guitar in your face and screamed a litany of random rebellion in your ear with onion breath. Do I approve of this album? Yes, quite. A —Eric W. Saeger






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