words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Chris La Putt
It's needless to say that The Hives' tiny show at The Studio at Webster Hall last night (4/26) was a wild, packed, sweaty party. It only took about a song and a half for Pelle to hang from the venue's lighting fixture and for his brother/guitarist Nicholaus Arson to end up on top of the crowd. The band, known for their matching black and white attire, were decked out in tuxedos and top hats like they were at Coachella and other recent dates. Pelle and his bandmates were in their usual on-stage state of extremely high cheeky arrogance, complete with demanding that the crowd make more and more noise and answer "YEAH!" to any question asked. He dropped lines like, "This stage is not big enough for my ego!" Like many other garage rock revivalists of the early-mid aughts, The Hives have been playing much larger venues like Terminal 5, where they'll play on June 22, so of course it was great to see them in a venue closer in size to the one their genre implies. (Terminal 5 tix on sale at noon)
The band's set, which was about an hour long, included a fair amount of material off their new record, Lex Hives, which is due out on June 5, in addition to old favorites including "Walk idiot Walk," "Main Offender," and show highlight "Hate To Say I Told You So." The show was filled with nonstop on and off stage dancing and tons of interaction between the band and crowd. The Hives left the stage after an initial twelve song set which felt way too short (but I guess that's what happens when the bulk of your songs are under 3 minutes) and finally returned for a two-song encore which kicked off with Lex Hives lead single "Go Right Ahead". They then ended their set with a drawn out version of "Tick Tick Boom" off 2007's The Black and White Album. On what you thought was the final "tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, boom" the band literally paused, holding statue-like poses for at least a minute until the bass was finally brought back in and Pelle commanded the crowd to form an aisle which he walked down only to be, per his own instructions, completely swarmed when the song started up again as he rushed back to the stage.
More pictures and setlist from the show, and details on how you can win a pair of tickets to Terminal 5 (we have three to give away), below...
For a chance at winning a pair of tickets to see The Hives at Terminal 5: either tweet something that includes both @BrooklynVegan AND "The Hives at Terminal 5" in the tweet, or send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Lex Hives". Include your first and last name in the email. We'll pick winners at random and contact them with more details. If you enter by email, it will not be shared with anyone else. Good luck!
The Hives - The Studio @ Webster Hall Setlist:
Try It Again
Take Back the Toys
You Got it All Wrong
Walk idiot Walk
My Time Is Coming
No Pun Intended
Wait A Minute
Won't Be Long
Hate To Say I Told You So
Go Right Ahead
Tick Tick Boom