But ask Babcock what the highest of the many highlights they’ve hit since the album original dropped last October in their home and native land and it’s actually a slightly smaller one-off they did in London, England a few weeks ago, opening for The Hives.
“We all grew up listening to that band and loving that band,” he says, noting the quartet has even covered the Swedish rock gods.
“We got to play with them in England to 5,000 people. The craziest thing about that show for me was while we were soundchecking The Hives were all standing at the side of the stage and they were watching us and they were into it. You could tell that they knew the song, that they had listened to our band.
“Seeing this guys that in my mind are unapproachable, it’s a band that we’ve all loved for so long, and to see them rocking out to our sound check it was a moment in my life where I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
Babcock admits even getting the email invite to play that show while they were in the middle of “butt-f — k nowhere, Idaho or somewhere … helped them get through the rest of the tour.”