The world’s wisest musical council and international rock sensation, The Hives are back! On June 5, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, Nicholaus Arson, Chris Dangerous, Dr. Matt Destruction, and Vigilante Carlstroem will return with their fifth stunner – the 12-track contemplation of all law that is Hives – Lex Hives. The term “Lex Hives” is a phrase derived from the ancient Roman practice of enacting a system or body of laws and accepting them as a standard. Thus, the 12 songs on Lex Hives makes up the holy laws after which all life from now on must be lived. Chiseled into the melted wax cake 33 1/3 long-player, Lex Hives will be released on The Hives’ own label Disques Hives. Self-produced, self-played, self-released, and self-promoted, these 12 songs are not built to fit just anyone. These are not songs that sound equally good played on an acoustic guitar by the campfire. This is not music. This is compressed carbon hidden in the earth’s crust for millions of years and unearthed, to be placed in your eardrums. Blistering proof can be found with the lead single, “Go Right Ahead” streaming NOW at RollingStone.com. Lex Hives was produced by The Hives and mixed by Grammy Award winner Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele), with two additional tracks mixed by D. Sardy (Marilyn Manson, Slayer) and Joe Zook (Weezer, Modest Mouse). The deluxe version of Lex Hives will feature bonus tracks produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.
After the 400 gigs and 25 nights in hospitals that followed the 2007 mind-blower The Black and White Album, The Hives are once again set to return to the world stages – beginning with an appearance at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Weekend One: April 13-15/Weekend Two: April 20-22). On Monday, April 23rd the band will make their return live appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live outdoor stage (ABC 12am/11pm Central). In celebration of the world’s new favorite holiday, Record Store Day, the band will release the limited edition 7 inch single for “Go Right Ahead” that features the unreleased track “1000 Answers” on Saturday, April 21st.
Louder. Bolder. Prouder. More convinced than ever. The Hives are finally out of the dark ages and steering toward the light. This is THE LAW. The Law that is Hives. LEX HIVES! The laws of nature are pale in comparison and The Hives demand nothing but complete obedience.
The Hives LIVE:
April 15th – Coachella SOLD OUT
April 16th – Pomona, CA Glass House SOLD OUT
April 17th – Solona Beach, CA Belly UP SOLD OUT
April 18th – San Francisco, CA Warfield SOLD OUT
April 22nd – Coachella SOLD OUT
April 23rd – Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC 12am/11pm Central)
Lex Hives track listing to come.