The Hives announce return with new album, tour

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The Hives have announced plans for a summer tour in support of their forthcoming album Lex Hives. The Swedish rockers will make their way to the United States and hit Boston for a show at the House of Blues on Saturday, June 23. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation for $25 and $35.

Lex Hives, The Hives’ fifth studio album and first since 2007′s The Black and White Album, is slated for a June 5 release. The album 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). Lex Hives features lead singles “Go Right Ahead”, which the band recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The performance is streaming below.

“We tour a lot and love to play live,” said frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist of the band’s lengthy delay in releases during a recent interview with San Francisco radio station Live 105. “Sometimes we do it so long that we forget how to make a record, so it takes time. We basically just need to start making new records earlier. Plus we want to make sure it is up to our standard of quality. Most bands should cut half the number of songs they try to write and just focus on writing good songs.”

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