By Vanessa Torres | June 8th, 2012
The Swedish quintet rockers The Hives have returned with their crowd-provoking fifth album, Lex Hives, after a few hiatus years and “Go Right Ahead” is their first single. With this track, they prove that they’ve stuck with what made them popular in the punk resurgence of the early 2000s – garage rock’n'roll beats.
Riding on the early coattails of The Strokes, The Hives became popular on the scene with their big hit, “Hate To Say I Told You So.” These Swedish lads surely have not adapted to the changing music scene, instead keeping their original eardrum crushin’ sound alive — and for that, I applaud them. But I also question their adaptability for years to come.
Starting off with a high pitched scream, lead singer Pelle Almqvist brings the party right to you. The pulsating “Go Right Ahead” gets you amped up and ready to head to the nearest watering hole. This song is about living life the fullest and never looking back. With the yelling lyrics “Find a bull and you grab the horns/Go right ahead/Scream your head off, like the day you were born/You gotta go from A-Z from when you’re born until you’re dead,” you might as well listen to the man, because he’s right — you only live once. Definitely a learned and wise motto to go by.
While sections of the stimulating song may sound familiar to ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” lead singer Pelle Almqvist gives them credibility. And finally, the song screams “is it right, or is it wrong, you never know – but go right ahead” — we should cheers to that and follow his lead.