Swedish rock act the Hives has begun working on material for its next studio album, which it hopes to have ready for a fall 2006 release via Interscope. “It’s so new,” frontman Pelle Almvqist tells Billboard.com 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.” That 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,” Almvqist says. “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 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 place.”
Fans will be tided over with the Nov. 22 release of the DVD “Tussles in Brussels,” which Almvqist says has “all the building blocks of a good, proper Hives show,” plus 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” shot in Memphis by director John Michael McCarthy.
Almvqist recalls, “We’d always wanted to do something with him, and we said, ‘Do you want to shoot a video? We have seven hours before sound check.’ And he said he really wanted to, and he’ll make two! So we made two videos in seven hours, but they both turned out really cool. 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.”
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,” Almvqist says 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 against 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 says. “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 movie.”