Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times profiled the huge success Australia’s the Hives have received, and the big money that has followed. Singer and guitarist Craig Nicholls says despite what appears to be a Nirvana-like negative feel to the group’s music, he feels otherwise. “There’s an intensity to our music that may sound like negativity sometimes, but mostly I see the music as optimistic,” he says. “I’m certainly an optimistic person. I don’t see any point in being alive if you’re not. Music helps you feel that way. It has certainly lifted me. Before music, there wasn’t much in the world for me to do. It gave me a reason to go outdoors.” Calendarlive.com has since removed the article.