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The Hives’ Pelle Almqvist Talks New Album, 11-Year Hiatus On ‘Lipps Service’

Swedish rock band's 'The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons' was released in August
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 17: Pelle Almqvist of The Hives band performs during the first day of concerts of Corona Capital 2023 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 17, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Medios y Media/Getty Images)

The Hives frontman Pelle Almqvist is the guest on the newest installment of the Lipps Service podcast, speaking with host Scott Lipps about his early punk and rock influences, the making of the Hives’ most popular songs such as “Hate To Say I Told You So” and the Swedish group’s newest album, The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons.

Almqvist also gets into the physicality of the Hives’ live sets, his relationships with Arctic Monkeys and Dave Grohl, why the band took an 11-year hiatus from music, the influence of the Sonics on punk and some of the lore surrounding the Hives’ fictional mentor, Randy Fitzsimmons.

On the previous episode of Lipps Service, Lipps sat down with rock duo the Kills to talk about their latest album, God Games, working with Iggy Pop and Jack White and funny stories from their first tour.

Since it began in 2018, the acclaimed podcast has featured many of the biggest voices and personalities in music, including exclusive interviews with Anthony Kiedis, David Lee Roth, Hozier, Courtney Love, Dove Cameron, Mick Fleetwood, Nikki Sixx, Perry Farrell and many more. Every few weeks, a new episode of SPIN Presents Lipps Service is available wherever you listen to podcasts.