Currently tearing up stadiums across the UK with Arctic Monkeys, The Hives have released brand new single ‘Countdown to Shutdown,’ the second off their highly anticipated album The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons, which arrives August 11 via FUGA.
‘Countdown To Shutdown’ is a fiery track with menacing guitar riffs and electric vocals from frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist. It follows “good old-fashioned rock stomper” (Vulture) “Bogus Operandi,” which earned widespread critical acclaim. The band performed both songs live via a special for Howard Stern’s Sirius XM channel last week. Listen to ‘Countdown To Shutdown’ HERE.
Of the track, Howlin’ Pelle says, “The countdown to the financial collapse? The countdown to the weekend bender you’ve been waiting for? The countdown to your favourite sports competition? The Hives have you covered with Countdown To Shutdown. A versatile banger for all your summer rock needs. Approximately 37% more effective than the closest competitor and sure to help your Q2 and Q3 results. Buy now and watch the stock rise!”
The new single’s release is accompanied by a raucous video directed by SNASK (Viagra Boys), where The Hives peer in from outside the floor-to-ceiling glass doors of a stifling corporate office. As the suited-up executives perform the track, the band bursts in and hijacks the show, taking complete, explosive control. Watch the video at 18:00 BST June 13th HERE.
Last month, the band arrived Stateside for a series of incredible NYC and LA underplays that sold out in less than 60 seconds, as well as a set at Just Like Heaven festival. The band is currently on a UK/European tour supporting Arctic Monkeys, which will be followed by a string of headline European dates.
The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons will be available digitally, on CD, and on vinyl. A special limited edition glow in the dark gatefold vinyl with poster will be available exclusively via the band’s own webstore.