THE VOICE: Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist did his best impression of an opera tenor, singing a rousing a cappella number to open the Acne women’s ready-to-wear show in Paris on Saturday.
The Hives frontman said the song was made famous by Jussi Björling, who was known as Sweden’s Caruso. “It’s about the freedom of the sea,” he said. “It’s fun singing in this style for me, because it’s not what I usually do, and to just kind of belt it out loudly.”
Almqvist said The Hives will soon begin recording their next album, adding that despite his friendship with Acne creative director Jonny Johansson, the punk quintet had no plans to drop their trademark matching black and white outfits.
“Most of the time when we’re off-duty, we also dress the same. Sometimes, when it’s been too much black and white, we have to have a party where we all dress in the silliest colors we can find – have a party to get all the color out of our systems, so to speak,” he said.
Front row guests included Lambert Wilson, Lou Lesage, Benn Northover, Daniel de la Falaise and designer Marco Zanini. Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim of California rock band Haim, all sporting Acne biker jackets, said they did not have to coordinate their stage outfits.
“We just weirdly have similar styles, so we kind of just subconsciously match each other,” explained Danielle Haim. “We have a weird sisterly telekinesis,” chimed in Este Haim.
The band is releasing its debut album, “Days Are Gone,” on Sept. 30 before embarking on a series of U.S. concerts and opening for Phoenix on their European tour. Earlier this week, they recorded a cover of the Miley Cyrus hit “Wrecking Ball” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge program.
“We had a lot of fun covering it,” said Este Haim. The video clip of the recording session, which can be viewed online, is notably twerk-free. “They cut that part out,” she said.