The Hives Tease First Album in 11 Years, Drop New Single “Bogus Operandi”

Pelle Almqvist during The Hives in Concert at the Brooklyn Bowl in 2021
Pelle Almqvist during The Hives in Concert at the Brooklyn Bowl in 2021. Photo by Paul A Hebert/LiveMusicToday/Shutterstock (12579143bx)

It’s been over a decade since The Hives dropped their last studio album, but they’re finally ready to head back to the studio! The Swedish rock band announced the release of their sixth studio album and gave us a taste of things to come with a new single “Bogus Operandi”.

The Hives previously teased new music with a series of protest signs, asking such questions as, “Where is the new The Hives album?” They now officially announced its title The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons and revealed it will hit the shelves on August 11.

The album’s title is a clear reference to the band’s fictional sixth member Randy Fitzsimmons, and he’s been credited on all of the band’s original songs in the past.

“We’ve never had a leader because we always had the sixth member who was the brain of the band in the beginning. That was the guy who formed us, Randy Fitzsimmons. He’s still around. He’s a part of the creative process,” the band’s lead guitarist Nicholaus Arson previously told NME.

The band teased the album’s release by dropping the music video for the lead single “Bogus Operandi”. The spooky video sees them discovering Randy Fitzsimmons’ tombstone, only to find several tapes, suits, and a piece of paper bearing the words “The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons” buried underneath.