Personalities | The Hives | Twenty-First Century | Rock
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1993–present)
Sweden’s Hives – Pelle Almqvist (vocals), Niklas Almqvist (guitar), Mikael Karlsson Åström (guitar), Mattias Bernval (bass) and Christian Grahn (drums) – suffered relative obscurity in their home country until the UK’s garage rock obsession in 2000, after signing to the Poptones label. Immaculately attired and only slightly serious, the band excelled at an almost pantomime ability to wow an audience, often leaving them uncertain if the mock arrogance, particularly from vocalist Almqvist, was genuine or not.
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