The Hives sure know how to get into peopleâs heads and jog peopleâs minds.
Upon receiving a stream of their new album Lex Hives from their publicist â I check out Track 3. Within a split second of the opening riff being blasted, my brain goes, âWait a minute, Iâve already heard this song a million times before”.
The song in question – 1000 Answers – has been etched into my brain after playing countless soccer games in FIFA 12 on my iPod.
And what was lead guitarist Nicholaus Arsonâs reaction when I told him this?Â He just chuckled.
âThat songâs been around for years!â, he said.
âWe play it quite a bit live too.Â People kept on coming up to us and saying, âyou gotta put the song on a record.â
âSo we recorded it for this one, and then FIFA jumped on the bandwagon!â
1000 Answers is just one of the staples that contribute to the 31 minutes of furious tunes that The Hives have churned out for Lex Hives â their fifth studio record and first new album in five years.
And considering how long it has taken the band to put it together, Arson has fittingly described the record as a triumph.
âIt feels like a win, itâs as if weâve won the Olympic Gold in punk rock,â he said.
âItâs like a victory ’cause weâve taken such a long time to make a record and because itâs a damn good record too, ya know.Â Thereâs been a lot of work and distractions in between.â
Some of those “work and distractions” included ongoing touring for previous recordÂ The Black and White Album and leaving their old record label Interscope.
Lex Hives was self-funded and self-produced by the band, and itâs their first release on their own record label ‘Disques Hives’.
Arson believes the record is one that truly captures the essence of The Hives.
âIt wasnât as if we were going for a certain sound or anything, we just wanted to capture all the energy of how we sounded live and record thatâŚ so you could hear the drummer breathing, and the bass player strumming the bass and the inhaling of the vocals”, he said.
âI think itâs a record that mixes our early records with something new, early Hives with new Hives. Taking a step forward to the roots is kind of like how we describe it.â
In even better news for Hives fans, the band is keen to tour our shores at the start of next year for some shows â their first since last yearâs Splendour in the Grass.
Have they been speaking to the honchos behind Big Day Out and the Falls Festival?
âMaybe, Iâm not sure yet”, Arson said. âWeâve got the rest of the year booked to Christmas, but maybe more stuff has been booked after that, I donât know yet.Â I donât pay too much attention; I just go to the airport, flip a coin and see where I end up.â
âBut hopefully sometime after Christmas when itâs summer over there, I hope we can come down there around then.â
And longtime fans can also rest assured that early hits such as Hate to Say I Told You So and Walk Idiot Walk wonât be leaving the bandâs live setlist anytime soon.
âWe always play the hits, we know the songs that people want to hear and we always play them”, Arson said.
âThatâs the way we like to do it and itâs what weâd want if we were going to a show as well.â
Lex Hives is out now through Disques Hives/Dew Process.
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