All hail The Hives! The Swedish garage-rockers announced this week that their fifth studio album, "Lex Hives," will be released in June. As a huge fan of the wave of early-'00s garage rock groups with a "The" attached to their names (The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Vines), I couldn't help but check out the first single, "Go Right Ahead."
The verdict: Eh. I wouldn't have necessarily known what the chorus was if it wasn't also the title of the song. The rest of frontman Howlin' Pelle Almquist's (yes, that's his full title, thanks) lyrics are similarly muddled, but one thing remains the same: the guitar work kicks ass.
Check out "Go Right Ahead" here, and scroll down to watch videos from The Hives and some other "classic" '00s garage-rockers.
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"Hate To Say I Told You So," The Hives
Then: Snot-nosed Swedes rocked a black-and-white motif all over the colonies. How confident were The Hives? Their second album was titled "Your New Favorite Band"—and they kinda were.
Now: They're back, baby! After a 5-year hiatus between full-length albums, the group officially announced "Lex Hives" will be released in the U.S. June 5.
"Last Nite," The Strokes
Then: Are The Strokes the most successful "The" band of the '00s? Quite possibly. Albums "Is This It" and "Room on Fire" were massively, massively popular, and the ladies just couldn't get enough of the five NYC hotties.
Now: Great albums that still hold up? Check. All five members still in the band? Check. The Strokes' 2011 release, "Angles," was met with critical acclaim, and the band hit Lollapalooza in 2010. The downside: Lady Gaga was playing at the opposite end of Grant Park. Sorry dudes.
"Fell in Love with a Girl," The White Stripes
Then: Are they brother and sister? Husband and wife? Ex-lovers? Jack and Meg White kept us all guessing while rocking our butts off with black/red/white madness. (FYI They were married, then divorced.)
Now:The Stripes officially retired in 2011, and while Meg has vanished into the background, Jack has gone on to great success with The Ranconteurs, The Dead Weather and as a solo act. He's set to release his first solo album, "Blunderbuss," in April.
"Get Free," The Vines
Then: Americans and Europeans weren't the only ones taking the garage scene by storm. Aussie rockers The Vines made it big for a while, driven by their hit, "Get Free."
Now: Despite recently kicking out two of its members, The Vines are still going strong. They released "Future Primitive" in June, and have another album set for 2012.
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl," Jet
Then: OK, OK, so Jet isn't technically a "The" band, but "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" was the very first track I played on my very first iPod, so we'll let it slide. Incidentally, you probably remember the band from its iPod commercial—how mainstream was I?
Now: The group's most recent album, "Shaka Rock," was released in 2009, and the band toured in 2010, but their official website hasn't been updated since 2011. If only they'd just thrown a "The" in there...
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