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The Hives Return With ‘Lex Hives’ Album in June

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Swedish garage rockers the Hives are back with their first album in five years, ‘Lex Hives,’ which arrives on June 5 and features the punchy first single ‘Go Right Ahead.’

The band explained in a humorous press release, “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’ make up the holy laws after which all life from now on must be lived.” The new record was produced by the Hives themselves, while the deluxe edition features tracks produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

The Hives will perform at both Coachella dates next month and have an April 23 visit planned to ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ where they’ll play some of the new material. The band will celebrate Record Store Day on April 21 with the release of a ‘Go Right Ahead’ 7-inch single featuring the unreleased track ‘1000 Answers.’

Led by energetic frontman Pelle Almqvist, the Hives were part of the garage rock revival in the early ’00s and scored hits like ‘Hate to Say I Told You So’ and ‘Main Offender.’ ‘Lex Hives’ is their first release since 2007’s ‘The Black and White Album.’ You can stream ‘Go Right Ahead’ right now for free here.

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