01. The Hives - Declare Nucleaire
03. A Get Together To Tear It Apart
06. Hate To Say I Told You So
07. The Hives - Introudce The Mertric System
08. Find Another Girl
10. Inspection Wise 1999
11. Knock Knock
12. Supply And Demand
Veni, Vidi, Vicious
Rousing, stompin' garage rock from these Swedes, with plenty of mod and frantic punk energy to keep you grooving along. "Party Party!" they seem to be saying, and you just want to join. This is definite change-up from the usual hyperspeed pop-ska-punk dross offered on Epitaph. Perhaps this arises from the fact that these guys are only distributed on Epitaph and yet are actually on the Burning Heart imprint. Plenty of fuzzed, struttin', propulsive guitar work on this disc to assault your ears. Well worth your time to take a spin. More records like this need to exist.
Veni, Vidi, Vicious
With: Jari H- tambourines, Kalle-synthesizers. Recorded in: Pelles studio by Pelle in late 1999, except some parts that were recorded in Studio Kuling by Fredrik Holmstedt sometime before the Pelle studio session. All songs by: Randy Fitzsimmons, Published by Burning Heart Publishing a.k.a. Songs & Stories Publishing, Administered by Air Chrysalis Music except Find Another Girl by: Jerry Butler/ Curtis Mayfield, Published by Sunflower Music Inc. (ASCAP). Produced by: Pelle. Artwork by: Johanna and Nicholaus Arson. Photos by: Jonas Gauffin. Thank You: Pelle Gunnerfeldt, Babs and BHR-crew, (Gustav B, Jocke O, Danne, Gaddan and Ola for lending us gear), Jari, Kalle, Fredrik Holmstedt, Kalle Presson for the Hive manor, Vigilante, Tobbe and Motor, Magge, Ola, Kajsa and the rest of Luger, Lisa H, Anna H, Katrin H, Tantogarden, Fritz corner, Kafe 44, Gearhead, Grobader, Hard-on rec, Ken Rock rec, Saddletramp rec, N Arson, Dala musik, Mats head of van mechanics, Andreas N, Katja, Matt Destruction, Tarzan, Jonas Gauffin, C Dangerous, Osky- Internet, Hollerin' Pelle, Soundmen Jocke and Thomas. And if the Hives weren't around: 59 Times the Pain, The Barbwires, Monster, The Savages, Voice of a Generation, No Fun at All, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Fireside, Bombshell Rocks, Randy, The Pricks, Seltzer, C.D.O.A.S.S., 24the hell, The Idyls, Millencolin, Peepshows, Switchblade, Jimbob, Raised Fist, B.D.A, Liberator, other Burning Heart bands and last but not least families, fans and friends and you and you... and you. Confucius says: Ah... The Hives. The future is theirs... should they want it.
US Rel. Date: 09/12/2000
American punk rock seems to get more watered down with each passing year. Leave it to the Swedes to remind the USA that we were once the home of the Stooges and the MC5. The Hives' Veni Vidi Vicious owes its very being to Detroit's punk genesis; they may be decades too late, but the Hives capture the zeal and fury perfectly. "Die, All Right," an angry rant against capitalism, spikes the aural brew with frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist's nasty nasal shouts. Just as rocking is "Hate to Say I Told You So," which boasts a clunky punk groove and delightfully dark lyrics such as "Do what I please gonna spread the disease because I wanna / Gonna call all the shots for the no's and the not's." Veni Vidi Vicious clocks in at just under half an hour--a perfectly timed charge of codeine-meets-caffeine and decibels-meets-delicious-rock.
The band's lyrics -- which occasionally suffer because of the language barrier -- address that perennial punk subject matter: social anxiety. On "Main Offender," a buzz saw of a song revolving around a riff straight off a Nuggets compilation, Almqvist complains, "I'm stuck in ways of sadistic joy/And my talent only goes as far as to annoy."
Any fan of old-school guitar punk will find something familiar here. But there's a reason these particular born-too-late garage rockers were signed by a major label for a reported million bucks. When all is said and done, the white-hot sound of Veni Vidi Vicious is unmistakably the Hives.
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