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Editors’ Notes

With their natty suits and stage names like "Howlin'" Pelle Almqvist, The Hives are a reminder that rock is supposed to be fun. Their brash and boisterous sophomore album takes its cues from classic garage bands, like The Animals and The Troggs. And it brims with meaty power chords—songs like "Hate to Say I Told You So" are bursts of pure energy. Thankfully, the woozy surf vibes of "Find Another Girl" offer a breather, because the rest of Veni Vidi is a blast of unhinged rawk.

Customer Reviews

Great Album

Such a fun album to listen to. The songs are great and really get you pumped. I highly recommend this!


Formed: 1993 in Fagersta, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Eight years into their career, the Hives rose from garage rock stalwarts to one of the trendiest bands of the early 2000s, along with the Strokes and the White Stripes. Mixing arty contrivances such as a strict black-and-white dress code and the guidance of a (possibly imaginary) Svengali named Randy Fitzsimmons with Stooges-inspired rock, the Hives -- Nicholaus Arson, Chris Dangerous, Dr. Matt Destruction, Vigilante Carlstroem, and Howlin' Pelle Almqvist -- formed in 1993 in Fagersta, Sweden, while...
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