European garage rockers the Hives are about to release their first album in almost five years, and fans anticipating the deluxe edition of Lex Hives will score some bonus tracks produced and recorded by Josh Homme. With “Insane” (a cover of a song by the Dragtones, the rockabilly side project of the Hives’ Vigilante Carlstroem), the band found themselves recording some last-minute vocals in Homme’s Pink Duck studio. Naturally, Homme showed up, and the Hives pounced on the opportunity to work with him.
“Basically if you have the best of American rock and the best of European rock in a room together, you owe it to the cosmos to make some music happen,” says Hives frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist. “Being fans of Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss and Eagles of Death Metal and so forth, we basically just wanted to talk about the Misfits with our friend and steal his recording tricks!”
Lex Hives, the Hives’ fifth full-length album, will be released June 5th on the band’s own label, Disques Hives.