Elusive, faceless and albeit, an entire thriller, it seems Randy Fitzsimmons is now not with us. “He wrote all of the songs, which was crucial”, The Hives’ bassist Nicholaus Arson re-affirmed to NME earlier this 12 months, paying tribute to the fictional character who allegedly masterminded their whole discography. As with most statements made by the band, it’s essential to the enjoyment of their work to not take issues too severely or actually.
Fitzsimmons’ demise, they are saying, held the important thing to the primary document from the Swedish five-piece in over a decade, rising from his ashes with a “quickly to be award-winning album.” These had been the phrases of frontman Pelle Almqvist, joking round with stadium crowds all through a summer time in help of Arctic Monkeys’ mammoth UK tour.
There’s no messing about on ‘The Dying Of Randy Fitzsimmons’, launched by way of the riff-tastic lead single ‘Bogus Operandi’. There’s an analogous anthemic nature to ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, a nostalgic mid-point on what’s in any other case a rapid-fire album. The prospect of sharing a stage with the Monkeys could properly have rubbed off on ‘What Did I Ever Do To You?’, their very own reply to ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ Armed with a strikingly related riff, it’s as experimental because the quintet will get, with a lyrical randomness that’s straight out of Alex Turner’s ebook: “You could have fallen / And damaged your collarbone.”
Each transfer they make feels purely instinctive, and that’s the great thing about it. “This needs to be fucking silly and infantile”, Almqvist advised NME of ‘Trapdoor Resolution’, a 63-second injection of punk rock that borders on the velocity of sunshine. Its reckless youthful sibling is ‘The Bomb’, a name and response rollercoaster within the title of a mega evening out. Whereas they could be approaching the again finish of their forties, The Hives nonetheless occasion tougher than the remainder of us mixed.
The tempo is so obscenely excessive, that the bounce of ‘Crash Into The Weekend’ even appears like a breather, a teaser for the sheer carnage that’s about to go down, which extends into subsequent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. As album nearer ‘Step Out Of The Means’ warns “Step out of the best way should you can’t take the tempo”.
Having spent 11 years away from the studio, The Hives zapped straight again into the one mode they know: pure pandemonium. It’s about time new generations obtained this wholesome dose of old style Hives, filled with the identical depth, goofiness – and naturally, the matching black and white fits. It’s what Randy Fitzsimmons would have needed.