It's been three long years since The Hives
' last album. When it comes to a band that rocks as hard as The Hives, three years seems like too long of a wait. So Starpulse caught up with the band's drummer, Chris Dangerous, to find out what we can expect from their latest release, "The Black And White Album," and their plans for the future, which, unsurprisingly, include world domination. But, with The Hives rocking as hard as they do, maybe having them in charge wouldn't be such a bad idea.
What should the world expect of your new album?
What the audience should expect or what I think they should expect?
What do you think are people's expectations for this release?
I think they're expecting exactly what we're going to give them, which is something new. Fifty percent of the record is songs that our hardcore fans will love, and the other 50 percent is made of stuff we've never done before. We think it's a very interesting record. I've listened to it a lot and I really like it. If people are ready for a change, they're going to love it, but I think they'll love it whether they're expecting something new or not. They're getting 45 minutes worth of music instead of the 30 minutes that the other records had. So even if they don't like the new stuff, they've got 30 minutes of good old rock and roll.
How do you feel about the recording process of this album compared to earlier releases?
It's very different. The previous records were recorded in Sweden and we had the same procedure every time, which was to rehearse for so long that everything was planed exactly so that by the time we got to the study we could record the whole thing in three weeks. This time, we recorded in I don't know how many studios with five different producers all over the world. It's been very fun and educational.
Do you think next time you'll head back to Sweden or you'll stick with this new style?
It might be a mix because there's some people that we wanted to work with that we didn't have time to work with. We went to Atlanta, for example, and met with Andre 3000
. He's a big Hives fan and we're fans of his, so we knew we should do something together at some point, but he's in so many movies right now that there just wasn't time for this record.
Who are some other artists that you wanted to work with?
We're going to meet with one of them in about a week, but I can't say who it is. It's a female who used to be a superstar who we really loved. We're going to have a drink with her next week and see what happens.
When you started the band nearly 15 years ago, did you expect this sort of success?
No way, not even close. The band was going to make three records, quit, and then 20 years later someone would find the records and say, "Oh, shit, this was a really good band that just made these three really good records."
What do you expect for the next 15 years to bring?
Five more really good records and getting closer to world domination than we are now.
What steps are you taking to achieve world domination?
By playing really really good every single night and making really good records. And by not doing the hard drugs that would kill us before we can get very far.
After achieving world domination, how would you change the world?
As far as music goes, I can't imagine a healthier thing happening than us becoming hugely hugely popular because we play, in my opinion, really good music and we play for the right reason, which is not to make money. I mean, we did that, but that was just a side effect. We play music because we love music.
Story by Ben Kharakh
Starpulse.com contributing writer