|Studio album by The Hives|
|Released||1 June 2012 (SWE), (GER)
4 June 2012 (UK)
5 June 2012 (US)
8 June 2012 (AUS)
Svenska Grammofon Studion
Pink Duck Studios
(Burbank, California, USA)
|Genre||Garage rock, rock, post-punk revival|
|The Hives chronology|
|Singles from Lex Hives|
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.
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.
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.
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 in to 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."
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." The band announced the grand prize winner and 17 runner-ups on their Facebook page on 6 April 2012.
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. It was also number 1 on the Swedish iTunes chart and number 25 on the separate Australian digital album chart.
All songs written and composed by Randy Fitzsimmons except 13 and 14.
|2.||"Go Right Ahead"||3:06|
|4.||"I Want More"||2:52|
|5.||"Wait a Minute"||3:02|
|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|
|13.||"High School Shuffle" (Bonus Track)||3:03|
|14.||"Insane" (Bonus Track)||2:47|
- 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.
- 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".
- Howlin' Pelle Almqvist - vocals
- Nicholaus Arson - lead guitar/backing vocals
- Vigilante Carlstroem – rhythm guitar/backing vocals
- Dr. Matt Destruction – bass guitar
- Chris Dangerous – drums
Additional musicians and personnel
- 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
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