And, according the band, "it might be a bit stiffer"...

Hives are seeking inspiration for their new album in a school for “criminal youngsters”.

The well-dressed Swedes are hard at work on the album, the follow-up to ‘Your New Favourite Band’, in their hometown of Fagersta. However, they are seeking sounds in some uncoventional settings.

“We’ve been in an industry laboratory and we’ve been in a school for, I’m serious, a school for criminal youngsters,” singer ‘Howlin’’ Pelle Almqvist told NME.COM. “I’ve said that it was half Kraftwerk and half Sex Pistols. It might be a bit stiffer than the last record. The songs are just the best songs we could ever get our hands on and then it’s up to how we play them.”

Drummer Chris Dangerous said that despite the change in direction, the record will still be unmistakeable to fans.

“It’s pretty hard to play something that doesn’t sound like Hives,” he said. “Everything we do sounds like Hives. If we were to play a Mariah Carey song, it would sound like Hives.”


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