Veni Vidi Vicious
label: Burning Heart Records
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
Some More of that Sweet Swedish Punk
In a new rock
'n' roll world where bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes
are ushering a new wave of 60s and 70s garage rock aggression
it only makes sense that those individuals eating up this direly
needed return to roots music expand their search to the punk rock
edge of the same era from which these other bands have been extrapolated.
And for those individuals looking for a new culmination of 70s
punk rock, The Hives are the answer.
Sweden, The Hives exemplify everything old school punk
rock was about. From the kitsch names like "Vigilante Carlstroem,"
"Chris Dangerous," and "Howlin 'Pelle Almqvist"
to an ultra-swank look of black suits, white ties, and white wingtips,
these Swedes positively have "the look" covered. Its
the music that remains to be questioned.
with their debut U.S. album, Veni Vidi Vicious, The Hives
manage to deliver (for the most part). Building on a steady base
of 70s Detroit punk, Vicious comes at you hard and fast
- and before you know what hit you it's over. It's old school
punk, and fans of classic punk bands The Ramones and The Clash
should be more than satisfied.
with such "get under your skin and infest you" tracks
like "A Get Together To Tear It Apart" and "Main
Offender," there's nothing here that truly sticks. After
a while tracks begin to merge, and nothing quite stands out as
something you're sure to remember. It's not a disc of hits, but
rather a rather solid collection of punk pastiche. Only on the
quirky off-kilter inspriational ballad "Find Another Girl"
do The Hives stray from their standard formula, and it makes for
the most memorable (and thorouhgly enjoyable) outing.
Fans of the
new retro-rock movement will undoubtedly find pleasure in The
Hives, but punk-rock afficiandos will do better to stick with
the real thing. After all, Detroit punk got it's name for a reason:
it's from Detroit.
liked Veni Vidi Vicious...
The Hives - Declare Guerre Nucleaire
2. Die, All Right!
3. A Get Together To Tear It Apart
4. Main Offender
6. Hate To Say I Told You So
7. The Hives - Introduce The Metric System In
8. Find Another Girl
10. Inspection Wise 1999
11. Knock Knock
12. Supply and Demand