Originally Posted by DenFan38
Seriously Hogan, you're questioning people on how they can like the darkness when you have a Hives avatar?
The Hives are probably the greatest alternative band on the scene today for two reasons:
1)They avoid the pitfalls of current punk rock...there's no nasal, whining vocals (Blink 182/White Stripes/or virtually anyone on the Warped Tour), there's no self absorbed, pity me self-rightousness (Good Charlotte/Nickelback) nor political preaching (Int. Noise Conspiracy), they avoid insincerity (The Vines) and The Hives totally lack any hip hop influences (Sum 41).
2)They reach back and transcend the influences of the late 70's/early 80's punk. "Transcend" is the key word here. Other than just emulating the styles of the past, the Hives take the styles of mod, punk and hardcore and make them their own......very few out there in this style of music are doing that now as far as I can tell.
IMO, The Hives bring life to a genre that's become increasingly boring in it's sameness simply by being old school punks. They are arrogant, rude, exciting and they don't care about rampant capitalism, broken homes, hip hop, skate culture or whether Mall Rats or MTV like them or not.
The Darkness does none of this in the genre they're in....absolutely none of it at all.