Swedish garage rockers the Hives play revivalist rock, inspired by such American chord-minimum punk acts as Iggy Pop & the Stooges, Minor Threat, and the MC5, with so much confidence and enthusiasm that it’s easy to absolve the group for its lack of originality.
At the Roxy on Monday, the lead of two sellouts at the club and the band’s first headlining L.A. show, the quintet — nattily dressed in matching black dress shirts with white ties tucked between the third and fourth buttons — offered an explosive and undeniably well-rendered performance that perfectly meshed the members’ cocky attitudes with their shrewd knack for power-punk nuggets.
“Yes, America, you love us!” exclaimed vocalist Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, with a wink and a nod, following the ferocious opening twosome of “The Hives Declare Guerre Nucleaire” and anxious “Outsmarted,” both from band’s outstanding 2000 album “Veni Vedi Vicious” (Burning Heart/Epitaph).
Indeed, the packed, all-ages club greeted the band — which has caught the current “back-to-rock” industry wave — with a hero’s welcome, and spirited ticketholders sang along to all 13 songs throughout the (short) 43-minute show.
“Here’s everything you need to know in three minutes,” Almqvist boasted as intro to the two-and-a-half-minute “Supply and Demand,” one of show’s numerous entries to exhibit shades of the Clash not heard on the album.
Current single “Hate to Say I Told You So” bore unmistakable relation to early-’70s Rolling Stones, while “State Control” featured a likable sing-a-long chorus style last heard from San Diego’s Rocket From the Crypt.
Hives left the stage after only 32 minutes but returned after a towel-down for a well-deserved three-song encore of older tracks; the mod rocker “Here We Go Again,” from 1997’s “Barely Legal” album segued quickly into the snarling ’97 B-side “Untutored Youth,” while crowd fave “A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T,” also from “Barely Legal,” closed the exhilarating perf with a bang.