Lex Hives

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Lex Hives
Studio album by The Hives
Released 1 June 2012 (SWE), (GER)
4 June 2012 (UK)
5 June 2012 (US)
8 June 2012 (AUS)
Recorded Hive Manor
(Fagersta, Sweden)
Riksmixningsverket Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Atlantis
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Decibel
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Megaton
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Svenska Grammofon Studion
(Göteborg, Sweden)
Hansa Studios
(Berlin, Germany)
Pink Duck Studios
(Burbank, California, USA)
Genre Garage rock, rock, post-punk revival
Label Disque Hives
Producer The Hives
The Hives chronology
Tarred and Feathered
(2010)
Lex Hives
(2012)
Singles from Lex Hives
  1. "Go Right Ahead"
    Released: 3 April 2012
  2. "Wait a Minute"
    Released: August 2012

Lex Hives is the fifth full-length album by Swedish rock band The Hives. The album was released on 1 June 2012 in Sweden, and internationally from 4 June 2012.

Lex Hives was self-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 features bonus tracks (digital download only) produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.[1]

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.[2]

Background[edit]

After recording two albums (Tyrannosaurus Hives, The Black and White Album) for the Universal Music Group's Interscope label, the band did not want to extend the deal, and so the band found themselves as free agents. The Hives responded by going independent for their fifth album. Lex Hives was self-funded and self-produced, and has been issued on the band's own Disques Hives imprint.[3]

As for why the band took five years between albums, frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist noted the group toured for nearly three years after The Black and White Album, but added that self-producing an album with a five-piece band is not the quickest of ways to reach a consensus. "We thought it would be faster if we produced it ourselves as opposed to scheduling it with someone who’s busy 24-7, 365 days per year," Almqvist said. "Rather than squeeze in some studio time, we could go into the studio whenever we wanted. It turns out that having five producers who have an equal say of everything isn’t that fast. You’d think we could have guessed that in advance."[3][4]

For promotion, The Hives initiated a contest on social networking website Facebook on 23 March 2012. A news update on their official website revealed the song titles on 12 tracks however they were purposely jumbled up. Fans had to post their guesses as to what they thought the tracks were called on the band's official Facebook page. It stated that the first person to unscramble all the song titles correctly would "receive a phone call from The Hives."[5] The band announced the grand prize winner and 17 runner-ups on their Facebook page on 6 April 2012.

Reception[edit]

The album debuted at number 7 on the Swedish chart, 20 on the Swiss chart, 38 on the Austrian chart, 38 on the Australian chart and 53 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[6][7][8][9] It was also number 1 on the Swedish iTunes chart and number 25 on the separate Australian digital album chart.[10]

Tracklist[edit]

All songs written and composed by Randy Fitzsimmons except 13 and 14. 

No. Title Length
1. "Come On!"   1:09
2. "Go Right Ahead"   3:06
3. "1000 Answers"   2:07
4. "I Want More"   2:52
5. "Wait a Minute"   3:02
6. "Patrolling Days"   4:01
7. "Take Back the Toys"   2:54
8. "Without the Money"   1:54
9. "These Spectacles Reveal the Nostalgics"   1:57
10. "My Time is Coming"   2:34
11. "If I Had a Cent"   2:01
12. "Midnight Shifter"   3:37
13. "High School Shuffle" (Bonus Track) 3:03
14. "Insane" (Bonus Track) 2:47
Total length:
31:14
Notes
1. ^ Both bonus tracks (13, 14) are cover songs, but are directly related to one of The Hives' members in some way. "High School Shuffle" is a cover of an Alex Carole and The Crush song that was produced by Chris Dangerous (drums). "Insane" is a cover of The Dragtones' original, and Vigilante Carlstroem (guitar) is a member of that band.[11]
2. ^ "Go Right Ahead" has songwriting also credited to Jeff Lynne since the band got permission to include a similar riff to Electric Light Orchestra's "Don't Bring Me Down".[12][13][14]

Personnel[edit]

The Hives

Additional musicians and personnel[15]

  • Gustav Bendt - saxophone
  • Per Ruskträsk Johansson - saxophone
  • Jonas Kullhammar - saxophone
  • Henrik Alsér - engineer
  • Michael Ilbert - engineer
  • Karl Larsson - engineer
  • Dagge Lundquist - engineer
  • Johan Gustavsson - engineer
  • Kalle Gustavsson - engineer
  • Justin Smith - engineer
  • Janne Hansson - engineer
  • Linn Fijal - assistant engineer
  • Jeff Lynne - composer
  • Stephen Marcussen - mastering
  • Andrew Scheps - mixing
  • Joe Zook - mixing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hives Return With New Album Lex Hives on June 5th". The Audio Perv. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  2. ^ "The Hives Return With ‘Lex Hives’ Album in June". Diffuser.fm. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  3. ^ a b "The Hives promise to be as Hives as humanly possible". LA Times. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Law of The Hives". FMQB. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Hives Broadcasting Service". Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "The Hives - Lex Hives". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "The Hives - Lex Hives". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung (2012-06-15). "The Hives - Lex Hives". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  9. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  10. ^ "Instagram Photos". Facebook. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  11. ^ "Song Premiere: The Hives, 'Insane' | Music News". Rolling Stone. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  12. ^ "JUICEOnline.com » The Hives: Law of the Hives". Msn.juiceonline.com. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  13. ^ "Wahnsinn mit Methode - Interviews - Musik - 1LIVE". Einslive.de. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  14. ^ "THE CURRENT INTERVIEW WITH HOWLIN' PELLE ALMQVIST OF THE HIVES!". The Current. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  15. ^ Phares, Heather (2012-06-05). "Lex Hives - The Hives : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 

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