The Hives frontman Pelle Almqvist recently praised Arctic Monkeys. He reckons that the Sheffield rockers should carry on making the music that “feels right” to them. The Hives supported the Sheffield rockers throughout their European tour and revealed Alex Turner and co are one of the few big bands he actually still enjoys.
Speaking to Music Week about the band changing their sound, he said: “I think they should do what feels right. I think everything they’ve done has been good, it’s just different genres.”
The Swedish rocker added via Radio X:
“I can see that someone who loved the first album maybe isn’t into the last album and vice-versa, but who gives a shit? They’re doing what they feel like they should be doing and that’s all there is to it. I like all their stuff, basically.”
And when it comes to supporting the rockers on tour, Pelle has absolutely “no complaints,” and revealed that they were treated very well.
Quizzed about being the special guests the band’s stadium tour, he said it was “Great,” adding: “No complaints. A+ tour. Everyone was really nice to us. There were a s***-ton of people watching the shows.
“We got paid decently. It was really f***ing fun and the weather was amazing throughout the whole tour.”
The Tick Tick Boom rocker added:
“Also I like Arctic Monkeys. I think they’re pretty much the only good really big band I know [laughs].”
It’s not the first time the R U Mine? rockers have been hailed as one of the best big rock bands of their time. Blur frontman Damon Albarn had high praise for the band when talking about the potential of guitar music in 2023.