April 15, 2012 15:06

The Hives lash out at bands reforming

Swedish band slate bands like The Stones Roses

The Hives lash out at bands reforming

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The Hives have lashed out at bands, like The Stone Roses, who have recently reformed.

The Swedish band, who return with their first single in five years, 'Go Right Head', on April 21, have been bitching about bands they believe are trading on former glories.

Speaking to Daily Star, frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist said he thought it was "sad" to see bands reforming.

He said:

It’s sad when we see other bands at festivals who just look back to their good old days. What’s the point of that? Each record has to be better than your last, surely?

Earlier this month, The Hives revealed details of their comeback album 'Lex Hives' – the band's first album for five years and follow-up to 2007's 'Black And White Hives'.

The record contains a total of 12 regular tracks, including new single 'Go Right Ahead', which is the second track on the LP. There are two further tracks will be included on the digital edition only.

Howlin' Pelle Almqvist has previously told NME that though some tracks on the album represent a significant departure from their earlier records, the LP "still sounds like The Hives".

Almqvist said: "There's no formula, but it definitely sounds like The Hives. Every good band there is has a certain sound. There are a few songs that couldn't have been on any of other Hives album, that are sort of a departure, but I'd say that kind of happened on the last time album too. But I'd also say that they couldn't have been on any other album by anybody else either."

'Lex Hives' is due out on June 5 and the band are expected to announce fresh live dates in support of the album in the coming weeks.

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