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Live Review: The Hives at Toronto’s Sound Academy (6/26)

posted June 28, 2012, 9:27 am by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Live Show Reviews | comment 1 Comment

Tags: The Hives, Fidlar, Flesh Lights, Toronto, Sound Academy


On a day where former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, it was weirdly appropriate that fellow Swedes The Hives were in town for the first time in four years. In his 13 years with the Leafs, Sundin never brought the city Cup glory, but he was always one of the most respected players in the game. The Hives, on the other hand, are definitely more Broad Street Bullies than Lady Byng trophy winners, but their matching black-and-white suits have always brought them a certain amount of class. They had their best tuxedos, tails and top hails on as they stormed Sound Academy for the privilege of us hearing tracks off their new album Lex Hives.

It’s been awhile since they’ve been referred to as a “The” band, but that doesn’t mean their live show isn’t worth getting excited about. The Hives ripped through familiar faves like “Main Offender”, “Walk Idiot Walk”, “Die, All Right!” and “Hate to Say I Told You So” as if they were on the power play all night, even working in a shout out to their Swedish bror Sundin. The entertainment factor was off the charts, including flamboyant frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist presiding over a marriage ceremony of sorts in which he asked if we take The Hives as our lawfully wedded band. There were almost as many yuks as there was headbanging, although I personally would have preferred them playing another song like “A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T” from Barely Legal instead of all the goofing off Almqvist did during “Tick Tick Boom”.

Openers Flesh Lights and Fidlar may be rude and crude, but once you get past the initial shock of one taking their name from a sex toy and the latter being an acronym for “Fuck It Dog Life’s a Risk,” they were actually quite enjoyable. Flesh Lights impressed in how they seemingly progressed from garage punk to doom metal, not to mention how all three members took turns singing lead, including the drummer! And Fidlar evoked memories of early Nirvana in a “what the $#@% is this thing called grunge” kind of way, all while driving home the fact they like to drink cheap beer, cavort…and surf!

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Setlist:
Come On!
Try It Again
Take Back the Toys
1000 Answers
Main Offender
Walk Idiot Walk
I Want More
My Time Is Coming
No Pun Intended
Wait a Minute
These Spectacles Reveal the Nostalgics
Won’t Be Long
Die, All Right!
Tick Tick Boom
Encore:
Go Right Ahead
Hate to Say I Told You So
Patrolling Days

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One Response to “Live Review: The Hives at Toronto’s Sound Academy (6/26)”

  1. Ben Oliver Ben Oliver on June 30th, 2012 1:26 pm

    Another great review, wow thanks! I really like FIDLAR, saw em at SXSW. Thanks for hipping me to Flesh lights too don’t know them yet.

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