The Law Of The Hives
April 3, 2012

The Hives
Swedish garage-rockers The Hives broke onto the scene in America almost a decade ago with the hit single “Hate To Say I Told You So.” The band has been laying low in recent years, but they’re back with Lex Hives, their first album in five years. The album title roughly translates to "law of the Hives." Drummer Chris Dangerous checked in with FMQB from his home in Sweden to talk about the long delay between albums and touring the States.

It’s been five years since The Black And White Album. The Hives always take a bit of time between records but five years is quite a while. Why did Lex Hives take so long?

It usually takes us four years, but we were actually planning on getting this one out sooner than we have before. I’m not going to get into any details but it has been two years of so much s--t going on; it was ridiculous. But things are turning [around] now and we’re looking forward to releasing Lex Hives and touring it. It’s been a bunch of s--t that’s been on going on that’s not fun, that’s why it’s taken a bit longer.


Like switching record labels, that sort of thing?

No no no, not at all, just a weird bunch of s--t…


When did you start recording Lex Hives?

The first recording for it we did about a year and a half ago, and that was sort of delayed too, but we’ve been recording in different studios for some time. I can’t remember when we did the first batch, it was a long time ago, but we’ve been working on it ever since. It’s not like we were sitting around doing nothing, we’d been recording a bunch.


I’ve only heard the single “Go Right Ahead” so far, what can you tell me about it?

That’s one of the songs that we worked on for quite a while actually. We all loved it and we felt at a very early stage that it was going to be the first single. You’ve heard the lyrics; it’s a classic Hives theme, about going out and having a great a time as you can.
    
We’re also releasing a special 7” of “Go Right Ahead” for Record Store Day, so fans can pick that one up before June [when the album comes out].
 
The Hives

I went back to The Black And White Album the other day and remembered how diverse that album was. What can you tell us about the rest of Lex Hives?

I know everyone says this every time but I truly believe this is the best one that we’ve done. I’m pretty sure [it is]; I’m very, very happy with it. On The Black And White Album we had different producers, this one we produced ourselves. So it’s very much a Hives record. It’s more of a Hives record than the last couple of records. You can always say that it sounds like that or like this, even The Black And White Album, which was kind of diverse like you said; it still sounds a lot like the Hives. You just have to put instruments in our hands and it sounds like us playing them. Lex Hives has some diversity too but…it’s hard for me to really talk about the songs when you haven’t heard them yet. [laughs]


I read you recorded the bonus tracks for Lex Hives with Josh Homme [of Queens of the Stone Age]. How did you hook up with him? I know he’s done outside production in the past with Arctic Monkeys and some other bands.

We’ve been a fan of Josh’s for a long time, and he’s a fan of our band, and we met playing shows and festivals together. We’ve been friends for a long time and we always wanted to try to record something together.


You’re coming to America soon, but only playing in California, to focus on Coachella, correct?

Absolutely! We’re doing Coachella and we’re doing some other shows in California the week in between the Coachella shows. There’s nothing confirmed yet, but I’m pretty sure that we’ll be playing for our American fans this summer. I can’t say too much but…it might happen…you know? We try to play everywhere but America is such a big country it takes a while to play every city. It’s like touring all of Europe. But we’ll come, don’t worry.


By Joey Odorisio

 
Music News
FMQB Retro-Active: Ken Sharp Enthuses On The Who's Still-Thriving Music Career, As Well As Their Charitable Efforts
The Weeknd Tops Billboard Music Award Winners
Quick Hits: Leona Lewis, The Strokes, Cold War Kids
Quick Hits: Teen Choice Awards, Bon Jovi, The Killers
Quick Hits: Eminem, Mariah Carey, Red Nose Day TV Special, My Morning Jacket, The Tragically Hip
Drake Stays at #1, Meghan Trainor Debuts at #3 on Billboard 200
Quick Hits: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth, Ramones
Drake Leads Nominees For 2016 BET Awards
Quick Hits: Adele, Fifth Harmony, Life is Beautiful festival, Beastie Boys
Quick Hits: Chevelle, Rage Against The Machine / Prophets of Rage, 3 Doors Down, Make America Rock Again tour
Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris & More Headlining Billboard Hot 100 Festival
Quick Hits: MuchMusic Awards, Guns N' Roses / Lenny Kravitz / Alice in Chains, Rage Against The Machine, Riot Fest
Puff Daddy Takes Bad Boy Reunion on the Road
Quick Hits: Justin Timberlake, Houston Open Air, The Temper Trap, High Elevation Rock Festival, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Lou Reed
Drake Stays Atop Billboard 200, Radiohead Debut at #3
Breaking News
KSSX/San Diego Flips to Rhythmic CHR as JAM’N 95.7
On-Air Moves at Entercom-San Francisco
Universal Music Group Acquires Digital Agency Fame House
Cherrytree Records Partners With ADA
In Brief - May 27, 2016
May 26, 2016
Cumulus Media Appoints John Dimick as VP/Programming Operations
Universal Music Group Appoints Gautam Srivastava to EVP, Human Resources
Intergr8 Research: Which Hits Shazam Can Help You Spot Early
Beasley Broadcast Group Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend
In Brief - May 26, 2016
May 25, 2016
Nielsen Insights: Their Generation
NAB Statement on Court Ruling on Media Ownership Rules
Republic Records Celebrate DNCE Going Double Platinum
May 24, 2016
iHeartMedia Wins Legal Battle
Spotify's Losses Increase As Revenues Grow Faster
Pierre Bouvard: The TV Upfront: History, 2016 issues, and What It Means For Radio
United Stations Adds Sammy Hagar's Radio Show
May 23, 2016
Columbia Records Announces Jennifer Frommer As Head of Its Creative Agency
iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party Heats Up Miami
National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Nominees
Shelley Wade Named Afternoon Host at KMYI (Star 94.1)/San Diego
Spotify's Family Plan Gets An Upgrade
May 20, 2016
eQB NOW
May 19, 2016
Republic Records Promotes David "Davey Dee" Ingenloff to SVP/Rhythm Crossover Promotion
FMQB NOW

John Mayer
PD, WFLZ/Tampa

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!