The Hives ready The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons, their first studio album in over 10 years. The Swedish rockers will drop the LP on August 11; Now, they share the lead single, “Bogus Operandi.” Check it out below.
The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons there’s just a different fictional origin story than you’d expect from The Hives. In a press release, the band claimed they hadn’t heard from the titular character – the elusive “founder, mentor and songwriter” who started the group 30 years ago – since they released their last album. , 2012’s. Lex Hives. Recently, they found an obituary that led them to Fitzsimmons’ tombstone; only, upon digging, they found no dead body, but demo tapes and a piece of paper plotting The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons.
Meanwhile, Hives frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist had this to say about the album: “There’s no maturity or anything like that nonsense, because who wants mature rock’n’roll? That’s always where people go wrong, I feel. ‘It’s like rock’n’roll but grown up,’ nobody wants that! That’s literally taking the good shit out of it. Rock’n’roll doesn’t grow up, it’s a you’re perpetual teenagers and this album is exactly that, that it’s all about our passion – and you can’t fake that shit.
Produced by Patrik Berger (Lana Del Rey, Robyn, Charli XCX), The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons marks the first album of The Hives since The Johan And Only replaced bassist Dr. Matt Destruction. The record will be available digitally and on CD and vinyl, with glow-in-the-dark vinyl and posters sold through the band’s webstore. Moreover, those who pre-order the LP will receive access to a May 10th pre-sale for The Hives’ June 13th show at The Garage in London.
Latest offering “Bogus Operandi” opens with monumental power chords before The Hives kick into frenetic, almost metal-inspired guitar. The track features a gory music video directed by Aube Perrie that you can watch below, followed by the album’s artwork and tracklist.
The Hives have a few headlining shows coming up in New York and California before they open for Arctic Monkeys on their UK/Europe tour. Check out their full tour itinerary below, and get tickets via StubHub, where orders are 100% guaranteed through StubHub’s FanProtect program. StubHub is a secondary ticketing market platform, and prices can be higher or lower than face value, depending on demand.
The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons Artwork:
The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons Tracklist:
01. Bogus Operandi
02. Trapdoor Solution
03. Countdown to Shutdown
04. Rigor Mortis Radio
06. Smoke & Glass
07. Weekend Crash
08. Two Kinds of Trouble
09. The Way of the Story
10. The Bomb
11. What Have I Done to You?
12. Step Out of the Way
Hives 2023 Tour Dates:
05/09 — Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
05/11 — Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
05/16 — New York, NY @ Racket NYC
05/27 — Leeds, UK @ Temple Newsam *
05/29 — Bristol, UK @ Ashton Gate *
05/30 — Bristol, UK @ The Fleece w/ Rough Trade
05/31 — Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Arena *
06/02 — Manchester, UK @ Old Trafford Cricket Ground *
06/03 — Manchester, UK @ Emirates Old Trafford *
06/05 — Middlesbrough, UK @ Middlesbrough FC *
06/06 -0 London, UK @ PRYZM w/ Banquet Records
06/07 — Norwich, UK @ Carrow Road Stadium *
06/09 — Sheffield, UK @ Hillsborough Park *
06/10 — Sheffield, UK @ Hillsborough Park *
06/12 — Swansea, UK @ Liberty Stadium *
06/13 — London, UK @ The Garage
06/14 — Southampton, UK @ The Ageas Bowl *
06/16 — London, UK @ Emirates Stadium *
06/17 — London, UK @ Emirates Stadium *
06/18 — London, UK @ Emirates Stadium *
06/20 — Dublin, IE @ Marlay Park *
06/22 — Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Room w/ Rough Trade
06/25 — Glasgow, UK @ Bellahousten Park *
07/15 — Milan, IT @ San Siro Del Galoppo Racecourse
07/16 — Rome, IT @ Capannelle Hippodrome *
07/18 — Athens, GR @ Water Square *
07/19 — Athens, GR @ Plateia Nerou *
08/04 — Gothenburg, SE @ Banana Pier
08/05 — Malmö, SE @ Mölleplatsen
08/18 — Rättvik, SE @ Dalhalla
08/19 — Rättvik, SE @ Dalhalla
08/25 — Vången, WALA @ Vangen Festivalen
08/26 — Tønsberg, WALA @ Foynhagen
* = w/ Arctic Monkeys