It was also Brad from The Bronx’s birthday and they let him play bass for ‘Hate To Say I Told You So!’
Here’s a rough HPA quote from tonight.
“All you watch makers, chocolate makers and bankers… and us IKEA furniture makers and Viking warlord would like to dedicate this next song to you…
Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist jokingly talking about Coachella:
“It’s such a fucking hip fest!”
— Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist (via hivesquotes)
— Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist on bands splitting up. (via hivesquotes)
— Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist on Randy Fitzsimmons. (via hivesquotes)
The Hives at Pappy & Harriet’s - 1000 Answers
“We are as rural as you people are. Just that where we’re rural from.. it’s cold. That’s the only difference. We also have broken cars. We also make our own entertainment in liquid form.”
— Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist in Las Vegas.
Run time: 31 minutes, 12 Seconds
Set list: Come On!, Take Back the Toys, Hate To Say I Told You So, Wait a Minute, Insane, Go Right Ahead, Tick Tick Boom
Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist:
“In the words of a famous poet from St. Louis - Nelly: “It’s getting hot in hurrr”. And when it gets hot, sensitive substances might blow up. And when sensitive substances blow up, they make a noise. Sweden invented dynamite, Sweden invented The Hives, Sweden invented (if you will) … Le … Tick Tick Tick Tick… What did I start? TROY GREEN!”
Almqvist’s humorous stage persona, however, wasn’t among those preconceived identity traits.
“I don’t remember much of what I say,” he insists. “It kind of just happens … my mouth is not connected to my brain that much,” he says, laughing. Then, striking a more serious tone: “Rock singers these days don’t really seem to have any confidence, which is what it’s about.
“Rock bands kind of leave all the fun stuff to hip-hop – bragging and being slightly annoying towards the audience. I always like teasing the audience. It makes me feel alive, you know? It’s mostly about us trying to do it the way we think it should be done. Like it shouldn’t be you hiding with your tail between your legs. It should be you screaming: ‘Here I am! Look at me!’”
That’s precisely what he and his mates intend to do as this tour continues for about a year, after which the group will head home to Sweden to “fiddle with a new album.”
Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist introducing Patrolling Days at Leeds Festival 2012:
“Thank you for having us back, it’s been a fucking pleasure. Thank you fucking people fucking much. We’re going play a fucking song from our fucking latest album. This one is called, from the fucking Lex Hives album, it’s fucking called fucking Patrolling Days!”
— Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist (The Hives) on the media hyping up bands.
Almqvist says he has a ball playing festivals with multiple stages, and salivates upon seeing the Hives slotted between sets from other rock bands. Not only does it create an atmosphere of one-upmanship, which Almqvist loves, it gives him and indication of what tools the competition is bringing to the table.
“I love playing festivals for that reason alone. If all bands were touring separately, we would never see each other and I would have no idea what other people were doing.”
Elsewhere, an overcast first day of Reading saw The Hives return full of their old showmanship, with the whole band taking the Radio 1/NME stage dressed in top hats and tails, asking the crowd to ‘stand for your national anthem’ before playing signature song Hate To Say I Told You So.
— Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist - The Hives (via lullabytheway)