November 16, 2005

Hives hot to record new album

By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Swedish rockers the Hives have begun
working on material for their next studio album, which they
hope to have ready for a fall 2006 release.

"It's so new," frontman Pelle Almqvist told
of the latest Hives songs. "We haven't played any of the songs
live yet, but there's some really good ideas floating around."

The group just finished a tour of Japan and Australia,
likely the last shows it will play in support of its 2004 album
"Tyrannosaurus Hives." The Interscope Records set debuted at
No. 33 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 171,000 copies in the
United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"We're not too fond of time off, actually," Almqvist said.
"We're in this band because we like being in it, and time away
is good so you don't burn out, but I'll give it two weeks
before we want to start working again."

Although the details haven't been finalized, the artist
says the Hives are mulling a new approach for the next album,
"because the last three albums have been done the same way,
with the same guy (Pelle Gunnerfeldt) just recording us. We
want to get the songs in order first but then we'll do it some
way different. We don't really know how yet, but we have some
ideas about different producers or recording it in a different

Fans will be tided over with the November 22 release of the
DVD "Tussles in Brussels," which Almqvist said has "all the
building blocks of a good, proper Hives show," as well as a
cover of Dion and the Belmonts' "Born To Cry." The DVD is
rounded out by new videos for "Abra Cadaver" and "A Little More
for Little You," both shot in Memphis in seven hours.

"If you have a good idea, you can do it pretty quickly. It
doesn't have to cost $1 million, either. Same thing with making
records, actually," Almqvist said.

Also included is a faux Hives documentary narrated by
Little Steven Van Zandt. "Apparently Bruce Springsteen saw us
on TV and kind of introduced Steven to us, which is weird
enough as it is," Almqvist said with a chuckle. "When they got
to Sweden on an E Street Band tour, they looked us up and had
us come down to the show. We've been friends since."

The tongue-in-cheek film was a reaction to typical
"behind-the-scenes" footage of bands, according to Almvqist.
"We bought like 10 or 12 DVDs before we made this to see what
other bands had done, and most band documentaries keep to the
formula," he said. "Oh, we're at a radio station doing an
interview! Let's film that! We're meeting a crazy fan. Let's
film that! We're shooting out the window of the van while
traveling. Let's film that! We just said that anything as far
removed from that as possible would be good, so we made a