Woot! New Hives! Well, sorta. It's a 3 song cover EP, but who gives a crap if you're into the band.
Lyrically it fits in line with their anti-establishment / anti-corporate theme. So fans of their previous work are going to feel right at home here, even if the songs aren't their own.
The first track "Civilization's Dying" (originally by The Zero Boys) keeps true to the original though a little bit more spirited in trademark Hives form. Seriously though, who's pullin' this band up out of the record bin? Almost the equivalent of Nirvana covering The Wipers' "Return of The Rat". Both bands are worth further listening.
Second track, "Early Morning Wake Up Call" by Flash and the Pan holds no complaints for me. Frankly, I know nothing about Flash and the Pan, so I'm gonna have to do some digging.
The EP is rounded out with the cover of "Nasty Secretary" by Joy Ryder & Avis Davis...(B-side to "No More Nukes" if I'm correct.) I'd go and fact check but I'm too busy listening to the EP.
The only downside to this EP is that it's a digital download only with a 7" being released later. It does come with a digital booklet... but collectors of any media format will tell you, it's just not the same.
All n' all, the EP is a nice hold over for fans waiting for their next album. As a casual listener, it's a good starter course for an odd selection of obscure songs from obscure bands.
The Next EP better have The Poles "CN Tower"!
No pressure guys.