Tryannosaurus Hives Found!

It turns out the HIVES have not split up, died, gone into politics or grown up as some of the more recent rumours would have it. It turns out they have been DIGGING!

Yes, that is correct. They have spent the last year and a half since they stopped touring relentlessly excavating the backyard of Hive Manor, attempting something people said they would be crazy to try. It was said to be a myth.

An Eldorado, an Atlantis, a Loch Ness monster, an Apollo program. Count on the HIVES to prove them all wrong cause here it is…

But let’s take it from the top, shall we? Yes, let’s!

When, in 2001, they played 250+ shows, wowed audiences from Tokyo to Trondheim, from Glasgow to Georgia, reintroduced rock in the mainstream (No, I mean actual ROCK MUSIC) and truly became everybody and their mama’s new favourite band, their plan had already been in action for 7 years.

Formed in the small industrial town of Fagersta, Sweden in 1993, the Hives, then in their early teens were saved from boredom and despair by Mr. Randy Fitzimmons. He came to them with the idea to start a musical group based on everything he and the band found exciting.

After teaching themselves to play instruments and then practising, perfecting and polishing their craft, they released their first album ‘Barely Legal’ in 1997 to much acclaim.

A perfect statement of teenage will power over pretty much everything else, it was hailed by people fed up with the staleness of contemporary rock. Here was a band with roots but a mind of their own. Style and grace yet swerve and brute force. Not to mention the sheer energy to power the watch on your wrist and the sun in the sky.

Touring commenced and took them several laps around Sweden and Europe gathering a cult following that grew steadily upon each visit. Dressed in black and white and looking out of sight, the gloves were off and they were ready for anything.

Exactly what to do – record a record so good the world can’t ignore it. They release ‘Veni Vidi Vicious’ and nothing is ever the same.

Rave reviews, more touring and that steadily growing cult following that can no longer fit into the clubs they play. A full year and a half of sold out shows later…

Cue big time UK industry guy and all around music fan Alan McGee (Oasis, Primal Scream, Creation Records) sees the Hives on German TV and decides that this is important.

He has the band put together a form of greatest hits for his Poptones label. ‘Your New Favourite Band’, as the result is dubbed, catches a sleeping England by surprise.

Rock music that is exciting and dangerous not really being the toast of the town lately.

Cue ‘Rock is back!’ headlines in newspapers and on TV. “We always knew the world would catch on, we just had to wait them in”, as the band themselves say.

Cue hits ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’ and ‘Main Offender’ and things are drastically different. People in the UK once again connect rock bands with showmanship, excitement, and an actual good time. Your new favorite band? Indeed.

In the space of a few short months, the band then go on to conquer America and beyond.

People everywhere now talk about, listen to and praise our five heroes. The world seems a little bit blacker and a little bit whiter. Phase Two is

complete. Time to initiate Phase Three.

After touring for three years, the Hives suddenly decide on a full stop. A new record deal is signed and they go back to Hive Manor, their HQ in Fagersta, Sweden. Here they will spend all their time until they come up with a new sound, they promise. A more metronomic, monotonous and mechanical sound. “After playing the same songs for three years, we wanted to surprise ourselves again,” they say. This is where the traces end.

Well, The calendar now says 2004, and the Hives have been missing from the world for a year and a half.

Their doubters and enemies have already begun scribbling their obituaries and their fans have to try and make do with the copycat bands that follow in their wake. Things look bleak…


After much research, the members of the Hives discovered that Tyrannosaurus Hives had to be located in their own backyard. Two weeks after touring stopped, digging would start. Reports of strange noises heard all over Fagersta commenced.

As the ’90s layer was still covered in smelly crap, the first layer to be thoroughly searched contained the bleeps and bloops of the ’80s new wave. Interesting! They dug further. The metallic kerrang of ’70s punk. Wow!

They dug further still. The shaking hair and swinging hips of ’60s rock and soul. Useful! Further… Slapback echo, twangy guitar – this must be the ’50s. Further. The primal force and the sheer joy of ’40s R’n’B. Good. Further….further…further. KRITA, JURA…


Tyrannosaurus Hives is all you hoped for and more.

Tyrannosaurus Hives is a record so full of potential hits, it would take a hundred songwriters working for a hundred years to come up with anything like it.

Tyrannosaurus Hives is an album recorded in Sweden by Pelle Gunnerfeldt, who also recorded their previous two, despite many of the world’s biggest-name producers lining up to work with them. “It’s the only way we wanted to do it,” they say.

Tyrannosaurus Hives is a record by a band so fired up that, if you look closely, you can see small drops of sweat when you open the disc.

Where Are The Hives?

New picture surfaced. This one is no fake.

As you have already read previously in the PRINT, and quite probably, noticed yourself, The Hives are still missing from the world of music.

Last issue this reporter could reveal that no more than 9 months ago they had been in a lake in Sweden. And now, a new picture has surfaced.

We came across this photograph in an envelope with no stamp on the doorstep of our HQ.

This would indicate that someone dropped it off in person. The envelope carried the legend R.F. Could this mean Randy Fitzsimmons!?!

Even if it doesn’t

someone knows about our quest and wants us, and eventually, you to know. This much is clear.

The picture was immediately rushed to the lab and dusted for prints and fibers but unfortunately, nothing was found.

Whoever these people were they must have been seriously skilled professionals. Now for the really interesting part…


Yes. This is true. The picture, crystal clear as it is, depicts singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist singing or screaming into what appears to be a microphone.

A large number of experts were called upon to verify this. “It’s studio equipment alright,” says record producer A. “It looks like they might be musicians,” says Musician B. “It sure looks like the HIVES!” says Hives fan C.

One can draw the conclusion that they, being a band, are in the studio recording. Dare I say that this could mean a new record by them? I mean it’s been quite a while and I believe they have at least one record deal.

If so it would mean an end to the silence and a start of a new period of feverish activity from the monochrome men of majestic music.

This could only be a good thing, no?

Dare we hope that the return of the HIVES is on the horizon? Count on this reporter to be tireless in his search and watch this space for more…

The Hives back on UK soil!

The Hives have now been back to the UK in an effort to claim back what was always rightfully theirs.

The hearts of the British youth. Need I say they were successful?

The tour or campaign or crusade or whatever you wanna call it started in Southampton and swept through the island like a, like a, like a STORM! Despite evil rumors that the Britons had forgotten they certainly turned up en masse to attend the concerts.

Fantastic meetings of fans and band commenced in locations such as London, Glasgow, Sheffield Dublin, and many, many more.

During the week and a half spent in the kingdoms, The Hives were plagued by the Phyllisea Panoramis bug.

A bug that attacks the lymphatic systems causing symptoms such as dizziness, fever, hallucinations, weakness of muscles, and general confusion.

This led to a 10% diminished capacity for the band which just means that you should really hold on to your hat if they get there in good health.

Sources close to the band now claim that they are now fully recovered and back on tour.

Let’s keep those fingers crossed.

Anyhoo, a famous local gossip (they call it music over there) mag sent one of their minions to a far corner of the earth to look for cracks in the facade as they say.

The critique is that the black and white ones were repeating themselves.

This from an AC/DC fan.


The Hives also performed a celebrated performance on a TV show called Jonathan Ross.

They enjoyed this. There they met Nancy Sinatra and a conversation kind of like this emerged.

N: I like you guys a lot! 

TH: We like you too! 

And so forth! 

Anyone who attended one of the earlier Hives shows will know that they would often end with Sugar town by Nancy and that they are long time fans.

This business started again and if you go see them now maybe, just maybe you will hear Sugar town after the sets. 

It sure is good to see them boys back at it again!