Hives : Hate To Say I Told You So

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...would you believe it, yet another fired up beast of a single...

Another week, another super-stylised axe-friendly future of rock; and, would you believe it, yet another fired up beast of a single. You’ll know this already – it’s the one that’s been following us around like a good smell for the past few months, and with the wind behind it ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’ might not quite go Top Ten but could at least be challenging [a]Victoria Beckham[/a] this week.

An intro that dry ice and huge flashing lights were invented for, a bit in the middle that sounds like primetime [a]Iggy & The Stooges[/a], and an outro that hurls itself into a blaze of feedback, as these things tend to… Then it’s over. And you flick a button on your CD player and it starts all over again. Neat, huh? Just one problem: why have indie bands started looking like they realise they’re popstars? What [I]has[/I] happened to our indie?

Peter Robinson