Since the beginning, when the Hives roared out of Sweden with 2000’s “Veni Vidi Vicious” and were proclaimed saviors of the era’s garage-rock revival, the band has made music you need to experience live. Luckily, the quintet feels right at home on the road.
In support of a new album, “Lex Hives,” the Hives are on a tour that brings them to the House of Blues on Saturday. Fighting a headache brought on by jet leg earlier this week, frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist gave us five reasons he and the boys like to leave home so often.
1. The praise from fans. “It’s sort of the reason why we do this. We’ve also figured out that touring might be the fountain of youth, the examples being the Rolling Stones and Iggy Pop. They look better than most men their age.”
2. The sights. “Being in a band means we’ve seen much of the world. It’s about going to places we never would have seen if we hadn’t been on tour.”
3. The food. “It’s a very different thing eating Mexican food in Mexico than in Sweden. We get to taste all the foods of the world in the place where they’re from. There’s a huge difference.”
4. The money. “We all have rent to pay. You have to pay it somehow, and this is a fun way to do that.”
5. The weather. “Let’s face it: The weather is better pretty much anywhere but Sweden.”
The Hives perform at House of Blues on Saturday, with FIDLAR and Flesh Lights opening at
6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35.