The Hives Return With Their First New Music In 11 Years, Share Single 'Bogus Operandi'

3 May 2023 | 10:46 am | Mary Varvaris

The Hives' new album, The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons, will be released in August.

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The Hives have returned with their first new music in 11 years, and it’s come in the form of a fun new rock single, Bogus Operandi. The Swedish music icons have also announced their new album, The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons, which is due for release on Friday, 11 August.

Vocalist Pelle Almqvist said about the band’s long-awaited return, “There’s no maturity or anything like that bullshit, because who the fuck wants mature rock’n’roll?

“That’s always where people go wrong, I feel. ‘It’s like rock’n’roll but adult,’ nobody wants that! That’s literally taking the good shit out of it. Rock’n’roll can’t grow up, it is a perpetual teenager and this album feels exactly like that, which it’s all down to our excitement — and you can’t fake that shit.”

The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons, a reference to the band’s “founder, mentor and songwriter”, definitely not the pseudonym for guitarist Niklas Almqvistsees the band claiming that they haven’t heard from the supposed sixth member of The Hives since 2012’s Lex Hives.

Patrik Berger (Lana Del Rey, Robyn, Charli XCX) produced the album. First single Bogus Operandi is a welcome new track from The Hives – a classic rock and roll tune featuring massive power chords and a music video filled with blood and guts directed by Aube Perrie. You can check out the music video below.

The band said about their new single, “We left the throne for a decade just to prove that we could. No one sat on it, so we did, again. If you are feeling like you are number one, get ready to be number two because we are back!

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“It feels good to have the electricity coursing through our veins once again. All synapses firing in all directions. The unfamiliar combination of words The Hives and New Album finally together again in a way that makes sense and rings true. The initial test results are in, confirmed and through the roof!!!”

You can pre-order / pre-save The Death Of Andy Fitzsimmons here.