Originally Posted by Hogan11
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.
I figured out the problem... you're getting old.
The Hives, while catchy somewhat, are totally simple. It isn't pretty hard to not be apart of those bands that you mentioned when you take a lot of substance out of the music, and then make a product out of it.
I've always been bothered by that band,what made it worse as they became big around the same time as the Vines did, one simple watered down band was enough, they they go and start playing not only a simple watered down band but a simple watered down band that screams in a whiny ass voice.
I wouldn't like the darkness if it weren't so damn catchy to me, they seem to be the exception of the music I listen to.