The Hives

Record Reviews

Phases and Stages

The Hives

Veni Vidi Vicious (Sire/Burning Heart/Epitaph) The amalgam of labels behind this troupe's second LP tells the tale of the music within. Sire released music by the Ramones, arguably the most influential punk rock outfit; Burning Heart is the Swedish independent imprint that first took a chance on the Hives; and Epitaph is known for their raw and oftentimes loud titles. As on their debut, Barely Legal, this hard-rockin' fivepiece merges polish (appearing in matching dapper black and white outfits) and chaos with short, sharp, bursts of Euro-punk. The Hives may be from Sweden, possessing a Northern European sense of style and self-mocking aggrandizement, but this their nom de guerre, and vocals are in English, emulating the hypothetical bridge between early incarnations of the Beatles and the Clash. On Veni Vidi Vicious, the band plays like rascals on their way to jail, with the prospect of conjugal visits depending on the music's extroverted energy, "Outsmarted" and "A Get Together to Tear it Apart" being case in point. While guitar-driven overall, the howlin' singer sometimes provides propulsion, as on "Supply and Demand," where you can nearly hear spit hitting the microphone. With Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue riding a mechanical bull in her skivvies to the sounds of "Main Offender" in a British telly ad for lingerie, it's a safe bet you'll be hearing from the Hives more in the future.

*** .5

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
William Harries Graham
Jakes (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, April 12, 2019

Texas Platters
Rebecca Loebe
Give Up Your Ghosts (Record Review)

Christina Garcia, April 12, 2019

More by David Lynch
Rock & Roll Summer Reading
How Can I Keep From Singing?: The Ballad of Pete Seeger

May 30, 2008

Texas Platters
That Damned Band
999 Surreal Eyes (Record Review)

Feb. 15, 2008

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle