Released: 5th June 2012
Label: Disque Hives
After spending a good FIVE YEARS away from the music scene, Swedish rockers The Hives returns with new album Lex Hives. It is released on the independent record label they created called Disque Hives, and well, it’s as if these guys never went away at all. I’m not a fan of hiatus’, but Lex Hives makes it seem worth the wait. Now I’m just hoping Dinosaur Jr.’s and Queens of the Stone Age’s new albums will be worth the wait too.
Lex Hives sounds like what everyone should expect when they listen to The Hives. It’s fun, energetic, loud and incredibly catchy. Right from the pulsating drum intro to opener Come On! You know you’re about to delve deep into having a fantastic time. The opener is fantastic, and explodes in ear-shredding guitar riffs and the brilliant vocals from Howlin’ Pelle.
Go Right Ahead is a great single with a catchy vocal hook, ELO esque talk box beginning and progresses at a nice, fast pace. It’s easily up there in terms of accessibility with other great Hives’ singles such as Walk Idiot Walk, Hate To Say I Told You So, and Tick Tick Boom. Its explosive chorus featuring guitars and horns gives it a thicker wall of noise that just sounds phenomenal.
There are many highlights scattered throughout Lex Hives, and it’s just a great indicator that The Hives aren’t running out of steam when it comes to making great records. Lex Hives is a great listen and certainly takes you on the funnest journey imagineable. Welcome back Hives.