Hot Water Music

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Hot Water Music
Hot Water Music 2008.jpg
Background information
Origin Gainesville, Florida, United States
Genres Punk Rock, Emo, Post-hardcore,[1][2] post-punk[3]
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 post-hardcore 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 seemingly permanent and Hot Water Music officially disbanded. The three remaining members then started a new project, The Draft, whose first album, In a Million Pieces, was released on September 12, 2006. Chuck Ragan also continued 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 .[4] 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 was one of two that didn't make it [onto The New What Next]."

The band's name was taken from the collection of short stories by Charles Bukowski of the same name.


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

On October 22, 2007, music website reported that a reunion of the band is currently in the works.[5]

Chuck Ragan also stated that he looked forward to playing with Hot Water Music again sometime in the future.[6]

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."[7]

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.[8]

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,[9] as well as playing a couple of dates in Germany around the same time. The band is continuing to play sporadically in the US.[10]

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 [11]

In 2010, the band performed at the Punk Rock Bowling Festival 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada alongside NOFX, Against Me! and Fucked Up.[12]

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!.[13] 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 had played bass for New Jersey outfit Senses Fail from 2008-2012.[14] alongside Matt Smith of Strike Anywhere who still remains with the band.

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

The band is currently working on a new album with Rise records,[15] and have announced an upcoming, self-produced 7", called 'The Fire, The Steel, The Tread/Up To Nothing' [16]

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.[17] On February 12, 2012, the band announced via Facebook that their album was finished and waiting to be released.[18] 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.[19]

On May 31, 2017, the outfit announced their new album Light It Up, which will be released on September 15 via Rise Records. [20]


Studio albums
Live albums
EPs and splits

Music Videos[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Hot Water Music". Punknews. July 25, 2005. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
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  3. ^ "'Caution': Hot Water Music Heats Up". Billboard. July 25, 2002. 
  4. ^ "No Idea Records". No Idea Records. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Hot Water Music together again." October 22, 2007.
  6. ^ "Interview with Chuck Ragan on Australian radio station Triple J.". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Jason Black Interview Excerpt." October 22, 2007.
  8. ^ "Hot Water Music Official News." Archived November 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Groezrock Official Website". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  10. ^ "Hot Water Music Official Myspace". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  11. ^ "EUROPEAN (WELL, GERMAN) SHOWS ANNOUNCED FOR NOVEMBER!!! van Hot Water Music op Myspace". 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  12. ^ " NOFX / Hot Water Music / Fucked Up - live in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  13. ^ "Buzzgrinder". Buzzgrinder. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  14. ^ "Senses Fail Hit the Studio, Enlist Jason Black for Bass - News Article". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  15. ^ Nassiff, Thomas (July 6, 2011). "Punk legends Hot Water Music announce new record". The Independent Florida Alligator. Campus Communications. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hot Water Music Announces The Fire, The Steel, The Tread / Adds Up To Nothing EP" July 14th, 2011.
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  20. ^ Pryor, Terrance. "Hot Water Music announce new album 'Light It Up' and fall dates". AXS. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
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  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
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  24. ^ "Hot Water Music detail 'Live in Chicago' double album". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 

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