Deep South, meet the Hives

    Talk about culture clash. Swedish spazz-rockers the Hives are going to lay down their next album in Mississippi, of all places. Then again, maybe the band and locale aren’t such an odd pairing. The Hives’ frontman does call himself Howlin’ Pelle Almqist, obviously a nod to similarly-monikered old bluesmen, and the band’s frantic energy taps a source that goes back to rock’s roots in the Delta. I don’t know if Miami, Florida can really be counted as a genuine part of the Deep South, but for what it’s worth, the Hives have also been putting in time at that city’s Hit Factory studio. Head over the the Hives’ website for all the band has to say on their proceedings. And don’t forget, the Swedes put in a guest appearance on Timbaland’s upcoming Timbaland Presents: Shock Value.