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- Posted on Jun 23rd 2010 10:00AM by Benjy Eisen
"While working on songs for our new record, we wanted to sort of kick start the creative process by going into the studio to record," vocalist Howlin' Pelle Almqvist tells Spinner. "We had an idea of playing everything live, straight to magnetic tape. We didn't have finished songs so we recorded some covers instead -- mostly to test this modus operandi. Well, it turned out so well that we figured, 'Hey, let's share it with people. They deserve it.'"
That's right -- we do. So the Hives are releasing a three-song, all-covers EP called 'Tarred and Feathered,' which will be available digitally on July 2 (and on vinyl a week later). In the meantime, do yourself a favor and listen to this version of 'Civilization's Dying,' originally by a lesser-known American hardcore band called the Zero Boys. "[It's] just one of those punk rock songs never written about in English music press," says Almqvist. "Funny how so many of the good ones are from the American Midwest! Not a lot of lyrics to learn since it only has one verse and one chorus that you repeat a few times. So you remember it."
And indeed, after just one listen, you'll remember it too. But not to worry -- this one will certainly be written about in English music press, or at least in the blogosphere. Stream it here, below, and if you like what you hear, sign up on the Hives' mailing list to receive a free download that you can take with you and play for any finicky English music bloggers you may know.
Listen to the Hives' cover of 'Civilization's Dying'