This week on Before They Knew Better, we welcome the inimitable frontman of The Hives - known to their legions of adoring fans as Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist - to chat about a photo, a song, and an object from his youth (which, by all accounts, sounded pretty wild).
Following the band’s first album in ten years, ‘The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons’, our co-hosts Lisa Wright and Giles Bidder catch up with Pelle to hear about his early days as a Swedish punk, touring stadiums with Arctic Monkeys, and a couple of notable onstage mishaps.
Speaking on the podcast about one such incident, Pelle explains: “I tried to jump around a corner and then I fell offstage, landed on my head, and passed out. But I didn’t know I passed out… you know in Star Wars when they get out of hyperspace? I felt like ‘zoom!’ and then I was in reality again. Our guitar player was shaking me by the shoulders going ‘are you okay?’, which if I’d hurt my neck would have been a very bad move. I finished the show, but if you’re concussed you should avoid loud noises and bright lights… and I’d done an hour of a rock’n’roll show with full strobes at one million decibels.”
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