Pelle Almqvist

Per "Pelle" Almqvist (born 29 May 1978), also known as Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, is a Swedish singer and songwriter. He is the lead singer of garage rock band The Hives.

Pelle Almqvist
Almqvist on stage at Eurockéennes 2007
Background information
Birth namePer Almqvist
Also known asHowlin' Pelle Almqvist
Born (1978-05-29) 29 May 1978
Fagersta, Sweden
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • bass
Years active1989–present
Associated acts


Almqvist and his brother Nicholaus Arson formed the band in 1993, and, according to a fictional biography about the band, attracted the attention of promoter/manager/songwriter Randy Fitzsimmons, which is a pseudonym of Arson's.[1] He had previously worked as a postman and a sixth-grade teacher.[2]

Almqvist is known for being particularly animated during live shows, and his onstage antics have earned the band the title of "The best live band in the world" from Spin Magazine, which also puts Almqvist in their list of the "50 Greatest Frontmen of All Time". Some of his onstage antics include regularly mixing with the crowd, climbing on amps/ladders/stairs, and saying very ridiculous, nonsensical and seemingly arrogant things between songs.

Almqvist was previously in a relationship with Maria Andersson (lead vocalist of the Swedish rock band Sahara Hotnights) until a 2006 breakup. Since May 2010 he has been in a relationship with Catrin Nilsson.

In January 2007, Almqvist led the P3 Guld Awards.

In 2016, he presented Musikhjälpen which was broadcast from Örebro.

Almqvist is a vegetarian[3] and an atheist.[4]


Almqvist performed a collaboration with Swedish rock artist Moneybrother, a cover of an Operation Ivy song "Freeze Up". They used Swedish lyrics and called it "Jag skriver inte på nåt", which translates as "I Won't Sign Anything". He was also the featured singer in the DJ Duo Punks Jump Up single 'Dance to our Disco'.



  1. "YOU RANDY DEVIL!". NME. 13 February 2002. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  2. "The Hives: The Boys Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest". Magnet Magazine. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  3. "HOWLIN' PELLE ALMQVIST - T-Squat". T-Squat. 11 July 2011. Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  4. Leedham, Robert (16 May 2012). ""So I jumped and landed on my head on some concrete" - DiS meets The Hives Pt.II / In Depth // Drowned In Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
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