A quick review of The Hives at the Corn Exchange below.
Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
If The Hives’ sense of humour and general joie de vivre barely translates on their largely unappealing records, then it is hard not to become absorbed in the sheer energy of their live show.
The trademark white suits sit well with a dynamic lighting arrangement and neon sign, and the brevity of the songs goes some way to making up for their formulaic tendencies. Indeed, ten songs have elapsed in little more than half an hour before they embark on their best-known song, “Hate To Say I Told You So.”
There are also some signs of musical progress in the four years since their last album of completely new material – “Veni, Vidi, Vicious.” Almost everything from “Tyrannosaurus Hives” sounds like a single – punchy and memorable.
“Walk Idiot Walk” and “Two Timing Touch and Broken Bones” have already been extracted, but the slower than usual, “Diabolic Scheme,” and anthemic “A Little More For Little You” are also worthy tunes.
Yet, and in spite of singer Pelle Alqvist’s, alluring performance and comic self-aggrandisement, The Hives’ musical vision is too limited and monochromatic to warrant much more than seventy-five minutes of your time. Fun while it lasts, but there is no need to go back looking for more.