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

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