It has been seven years since the Hives released their fifth full-length album, Lex Hives. Save for one non-album single released in 2015, things have been fairly quiet from the Swedish quintet. The band is kicking off a US tour with Refused tomorrow. To celebrate they dropped a new single, “I’m Alive.”
The song doesn’t have the same manic energy as hits like “Hate to Say I Told You So” but it is the type of noisy, garage-rock we have come to expect from the Hives. Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist screeching “did you miss me boys and girls?/I crawled up from the underworld” seems like an appropriate re-introduction to the band who is releasing a limited 7″ on Third Man Records and has said details are forth-coming on their sixth full-length album.