Hot Water Music

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Hot Water Music
Hot Water Music 2008.jpg
Background information
Origin Gainesville, Florida, USA
Genres Punk rock, post-hardcore, emo
Years active 1993–1996, 1997–2006, 2008–present
Labels Rise, Epitaph, No Idea, Doghouse
Associated acts The Draft, Against Me!, Senses Fail, The Bouncing Souls, Alkaline Trio, Leatherface, The Casket Lottery
Members Chuck Ragan
Chris Wollard
Jason Black
George Rebelo

Hot Water Music is a punk rock band from Gainesville, Florida. The members of the band are Chuck Ragan, Chris Wollard, Jason Black, and George Rebelo. HWM first formed in 1993. In 1998, after releasing multiple EPs and three full-length albums, the band briefly disbanded, but soon reformed, announcing their continuation as Hot Water Music at the concert recorded for Live at the Hardback. They are represented by David "Beno" Benveniste's Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group. In late 2005, Hot Water Music stated they were going on a hiatus following Chuck Ragan's departure. On May 13, 2006 however, the hiatus became permanent and Hot Water Music officially disbanded. The three remaining members have started a new project, The Draft, whose first album, In a Million Pieces, was released on September 12, 2006. Chuck Ragan also continues with a more low-key music career, releasing material through No Idea Records and Side One Dummy Records. He is currently signed to the latter. The band members have also participated in many side projects. The four most popular of these are Blacktop Cadence, Cro(w)s, Unitas and Rumbleseat.

A collection of Hot Water Music work on No Idea records has been released, titled Till the Wheels Fall Off .[1] It was released on CD and on LP. According to Jason Black in an interview with Alternative Press, the compilation will feature "a song [called "Home"] that hasn't come out anywhere...it was one of two that didn't make it [onto The New What Next]."

The band's name was taken from the book by Charles Bukowski of the same name.

Reunion[edit]

Hot Water Music on The Stone Pony's Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ, June 22, 2013.

On October 22, 2007, music website Punknews.org reported that a reunion of the band is currently in the works.[2]

Chuck Ragan has also stated that he looks forward to playing with Hot Water Music again sometime in the future.[3]

The November issue of Alternative Press included an interview with bassist Jason Black in which he said that they are planning to reunite, but he "hates saying it out loud because we haven't confirmed a show yet." He thinks that "at this point...we'll be doing about six to eight shows...[and] we're shooting for January or February."[4]

On November 5, 2008, Hot Water Music's official page, as well as their MySpace page, formally announced three shows in late January and early February. The announcement also stated that the official website will continue to be updated with news, as well as a collaborative discography of all their releases.[5]

The band kicked off their reunion tour with a "secret show" at Common Grounds in their hometown of Gainesville, Florida on January 18, 2008 followed by shows in Orlando, Florida, Sayreville, New Jersey and two sold out shows in Chicago, Illinois.

They headlined the Eastpak Core Stage at Groezrock festival in Meerhout, Belgium on 9 May 2008,[6] as well as playing a couple of dates in Germany around the same time. The band is continuing to play sporadically in the US.[7]

Performances in 2009 included a 2009 New Year's Eve show in Atlanta at the Masquerade, a tour with the legendary Chicago punks Naked Raygun followed by shows in Germany for November [8]

In 2010, the band performed at the Punk RockBowling Festival 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada alongside NOFX, Against Me! and Fucked Up.[9]

They also toured Australia with The Bouncing Souls and Dave Hause in December 2010, releasing a split seven-inch to commemorate the tour.

On June 15, 2009, it was announced that drummer George Rebelo had joined Against Me!.[10] Dave Raun from Lagwagon was filling in for him, until Rebelo announced that he wanted to join Hot Water music again for touring and recording the follow up to 'The New What Next'.

Jason Black is currently playing bass for New Jersey oufit Senses Fail.[11] alongside Matt Smith of Strike Anywhere

The band is currently working on a new album with Rise records,[12] and have announced an upcoming, self-produced 7", called 'The Fire, The Steel, The Tread/Up To Nothing' [13]

On January 23, 2012 the band announced via their official Twitter page that they had set up camp at The Blasting Room in Ft. Collins, Colorado to record their new full-length album with Bill Stevenson producing. On February 8, 2012 it was announced that the album was in the mixing process.[14] On February 12, 2012, the band announced via Facebook that their album was finished and waiting to be released.[15] On February 29, 2012, it was announced that the new album will be titled Exister and will be released on May 15. A track listing of 13 tracks was also released.[16]

Musical style[edit]

Hot Water Music on The Stone Pony's Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ, June 22, 2013.

Hot Water Music's sound is characterized by the dual vocal and guitar work and an extremely tight and complex rhythm section. The rhythm section drives the music in a rather spritzy manner that is influenced by, yet not necessarily congruous with, the spritzy rock and roll of the 90s Tampa, Florida music scene. Hot Water Music's unique semi-spritzy, or perhaps "tonic," style was developed by bassist Jason Black and drummer George Rebelo throughout their youth, when they grew up playing jazz together in Sarasota, Florida. In the band's early records, Chuck would sing the majority of the songs with Chris doing backing vocals, and sometimes lead vocals. Later, the vocalists would perform in a duet fashion, whereas on the later records, Chris Wollard would handle most of the vocals, with Chuck doing backups and a share of his own songs. Ragan's voice is a deeper and raspier voice, whereas Wollard's is more high pitched and melodic, though both vocalists are very dynamic and can sing softly.

Overall, their style combines strong elements of punk rock and post-hardcore, as well as Americana rock and hard-driving hard rock on later releases. Some influences named by members of Hot Water Music include Bad Religion, Social Distortion, The Clash, and Bad Brains. Chuck Ragan has cited Creedence Clearwater Revival as a major influence, and Chris Wollard has cited blues artists such as B.B. King, as well as reggae and the heavy metal band Motörhead.

Hot Water Music has been cited as a major influence by fellow east coast punk bands The Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, and The Loved Ones.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Compilations
Live albums
EPs and splits

Music Videos[edit]

  • Paper Thin (2001)
  • Remedy (2002)
  • State of Grace (2012)
  • Drag My Body (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No Idea Records". No Idea Records. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Hot Water Music together again." Punknews.org. October 22, 2007.
  3. ^ "Interview with Chuck Ragan on Australian radio station Triple J.". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Jason Black Interview Excerpt." Altpress.com. October 22, 2007.
  5. ^ "Hot Water Music Official News."[dead link]
  6. ^ "Groezrock Official Website". Groezrock.be. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Hot Water Music Official Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  8. ^ "EUROPEAN (WELL, GERMAN) SHOWS ANNOUNCED FOR NOVEMBER!!! van Hot Water Music op Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  9. ^ "Punknews.org NOFX / Hot Water Music / Fucked Up - live in Las Vegas". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  10. ^ "Buzzgrinder". Buzzgrinder. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  11. ^ "Senses Fail Hit the Studio, Enlist Jason Black for Bass - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  12. ^ Nassiff, Thomas (July 6, 2011). "Punk legends Hot Water Music announce new record". The Independent Florida Alligator. Campus Communications. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Hot Water Music Announces The Fire, The Steel, The Tread / Adds Up To Nothing EP" thepunksite.com July 14th, 2011.
  14. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/hot_water_music_finish_recording_new_album
  15. ^ http://www.facebook.com/hwmFL/posts/10150583402808113
  16. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/hot_water_music_announce_new_album_exister
  17. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/303626/hot+water+music/chart
  18. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Charts/ALBUMS.html
  19. ^ "Hot Water Music detail 'Live in Chicago' double album". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 

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