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The Hives

Out Of The Hive

JimmyFresh off a European festival appearance the night before, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist is tired and his voice is hoarse. But the Hives' charismatic frontman wants to make one thing clear: The Swedish band never wanted to be lumped into the so-called neo-garage movement that included the Vines, the Strokes, the White Stripes and others.

"It was never much of a scene," Almqvist says of the group of garage bands that broke through two years ago. "A lot of the bands don't even play garage rock." Even though Almqvist doesn't like being part of the trend, the band reaped the benefits of the publicity.

And now, Interscope Records is hoping that the public will take quickly to "Tyrannosaurus Hives," the garage punk revivalists' latest offering, due this week. First single "Walk Idiot Walk" is No. 23 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

"Tyrannosaurus" is the Hives' first set for Interscope after releasing its previous albums in North America via a complicated series of licensing deals with Epitaph and Warner Bros. It's the follow-up to 2002's "Veni Vidi Vicious," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. The single "Hate To Say I Told You So" reached No. 6 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally.