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?
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
Like switching record
labels, that sort of thing?
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].
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?
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 TheBlack 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,
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.