First listen: The Hives

Five years on from The Black and White Album Swedish garage-rock heroes The Hives finally have a record, Lex Hives. The album will be released in June in a deluxe-edition version featuring bonus tracks produced by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme with the first single Go Right Ahead set for release as a seven-inch single on Record Store Day.

Just before The Hives jumped on a plane to visit us for Splendour in the Grass and On The Bright Side last year drummer Chris Dangerous explained to us why there has been such a long wait between albums – “We spend a lot of time figuring out ways to get better on every night of every tour. So we can’t be focusing on being creative and writing new songs and stuff like that.”

A post on the Hives blog last year revealed that group’s new self-produced

album features “some pretty bad ass tracks… live horns and all” with the band making typically overblown declarations about the quality of their tunes – “One is a speeding train, another one is also a speeding train, another one’s got swagger and another one is sheer cool.”

The album’s first single Go Right Ahead suggests that Electric Light Orchestra’s Don’t Bring Me Down has become a staple soundtrack on the band’s tour bus. Check it out here:

Go Right Ahead teaser clips: