Recently announced as one of three Blur replacements for Big Day Out 2014 — along with Deftones and Beady Eye — Swedish garage rockers The Hives have been gearing up for the tour by “gaining 15,000 new fans every night” as they accompany Pink around the US, while Music Feeds caught up with drummer Chris Dangerous for the latest instalment of Music Feeds Podcast.
Chris spoke to us from a dressing room in an ice hockey arena in New Jersey, thirty minutes after the band walked off stage. “We’re super stoked [for Big Day Out], I mean Australia has always been one of those places where we just love to go and tour… Everything is just perfect for us.”
With BDO just weeks away, Chris remarked on the band’s last-minute addition to the festival, saying, “To get this opportunity now that Blur have cancelled…it just fit our schedule perfect, because we were just going to be home in Sweden to try to work on some new stuff… It was a no-brainer.”
When we asked Chris if he prefers playing headline shows or festivals Down Under, considering The Hives’ extensive history in the country, he couldn’t decide. “You know what? When it comes to Australia, I just love them both. A festival is always a festival and a sideshow is always a sideshow.”
Listen: Music Feeds Podcast Episode #61 – The Hives (Chris Dangerous)