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The Hives Recording New Album In ‘Black And White’

Swedish rock outfit the Hives is presently recording its next project, “The Black and White Album,” in Oxford, Miss., with producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello). No release date has been announced for the follow-up to 2004’s “Tyrannosaurus Hives,” which has sold 178,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“This new album has been recorded all over the world because we thought it was time to have other people involved besides ourselves and our closest friends,” frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almvquist says.

The Hives have also worked with Pharrell Williams in Miami, Jacknife Lee in London and in Sweden with Bob Hund member Tomas Oberg.

“At times it has felt like we are prisoners to our own creativity and that it is taking a long time,” Almvquist says. “At this time we have a lot of songs. In the past we only had what was on each album. We ask you to bear with us as we take the time to wrestle this onto an album.”

As previously reported, the Hives will join Maroon 5 as the support act for the latter’s fall North American tour, which begins Sept. 29 in Auburn Hills, Mich.