Hot Water Music
|Hot Water Music|
|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|
|Chuck Ragan |
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. 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 . 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.
Chuck Ragan has also stated that he looks forward to playing with Hot Water Music again sometime in the future.
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."
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.
The band kicked off their reunion tour with a "secret show" at Common Grounds in their hometown of Gainesville, Florida on January 18, 2008 to be 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, as well as playing a couple of dates in Germany around the same time. The band is continuing to play sporadically in the US.
On June 15, 2009, it was announced that drummer George Rebelo had joined Against Me!. 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'.
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. On February 12, 2012, the band announced via Facebook that their album was finished and waiting to be released. 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.
 Musical style
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 softer.
- Studio albums
- Finding the Rhythms - Toybox Records / No Idea Records (1995)
- Fuel for the Hate Game - Toybox Records / No Idea Records (1997)
- Forever and Counting - Doghouse Records (1997) / Rise Records re-issue (2012/2013)
- No Division - Some Records (1999) / No Idea Records re-issue (2007)
- A Flight and a Crash - CD on Epitaph Records / LP on No Idea Records (2001)
- Caution - CD on Epitaph Records / LP on No Idea Records (2002)
- The New What Next - CD on Epitaph Records / LP on No Idea Records (2004)
- Exister - CD on Rise Records (2012) No. 34 US / No. 96 CAN
- Live albums
- Live at the Hardback - No Idea Records (1999)
- Live in Chicago - No Idea Records (Scheduled for late fall 2012)
- EPs and splits
- Push for Coin (Originally released on tape) (1995) / CD released on Happy Days Records (1995)
- Eating the Filler 7" - Toybox Records / Kung Fu Zombie (1995)
- Split with Swivel Stick 7" - Tuesday Morning Records (1995)
- Split with Tomorrow 11" - No Idea Records (1995)
- You Can Take the Boy Out of Brandenton 7" - Schematics Records (1996)
- Alachua 7" - Allied Recordings (1997) / No Idea Records re-issue (1999)
- Split with Clairmel 8.5" - No Idea Records (1998)
- F State Revisited 7" (Split with Screaming Fat Rat) - Snuffy Smile (1998)
- Split with Six Going On Seven 7" - Some Records (1998)
- Split with Rydell 7" - Scene Police / Ignition (1998)
- 403 Chaos Comp: Florida Fucking Hardcore (Comp) (1998)
- Moments Pass 7" - No Idea Records (1999)
- Where We Belong 7" - No Idea Records (1999)
- Moonpies for Misfits CD - No Idea Records (1999) Complies Moments Pass 7" and Where We Belong 7"
- BYO Split Series, Vol. 1 LP/CD (Split with Leatherface) - Better Youth Organization (1999)
- Split with Alkaline Trio CD/Picture Disc - Jade Tree Records CD / No Idea Records Picture Disc (2002)
- Colors, Words, And Dreams 7" (Split with The Casket Lottery) - Second Nature Recordings (2002)
- Split with Muff Potter 7" - Green Hell Label (2003)
- Live in Chicago No. 1 7" - No Idea Records (2010) Blue vinyl. Limited to 1000. Released for Record Store Day 2010
- Live in Chicago No. 2 7" - No Idea Records (2010) Red vinyl. Limited to 1000.
- Live in Chicago No. 3 7" - No Idea Records (2010) Yellow vinyl. Limited to 1000.
- Live in Chicago No. 4 7" - No Idea Records (2010) Green vinyl. Limited to 1000.
- Split with The Bouncing Souls 7" - Chunksaah Records (2011)
- Live in Chicago No. 5 7" - No Idea Records (2011) Purple vinyl. Limited to 1000.
- Live in Chicago No. 6 6" - No Idea Records (2011) White vinyl. Limited to 1000.
- The Fire, The Steel, The Tread''/''Adds Up to Nothing'' 7" (2011)
- Drag My Body 7" - Uncle M (2012) Picture Disc. Limited to 400 handnumbered copies.
 Music Videos
- Paper Thin (2001)
- Remedy (2002)
- State of Grace (2012)
- Drag My Body (2013)
- "No Idea Records". No Idea Records. http://www.noidearecords.com/. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "Hot Water Music together again." Punknews.org. October 22, 2007.
- "Interview with Chuck Ragan on Australian radio station Triple J.". http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/shortfastloud/playlists/m1399684.mp3. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "Jason Black Interview Excerpt." Altpress.com. October 22, 2007.
- "Hot Water Music Official News."[dead link]
- "Groezrock Official Website". Groezrock.be. http://www.groezrock.be. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "Hot Water Music Official Myspace". Myspace.com. http://www.myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "EUROPEAN (WELL, GERMAN) SHOWS ANNOUNCED FOR NOVEMBER!!! van Hot Water Music op Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2009-09-22. http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=2714555&blogId=511270590. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "Punknews.org NOFX / Hot Water Music / Fucked Up - live in Las Vegas". Punknews.org. http://www.punknews.org/review/9334. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "Buzzgrinder". Buzzgrinder. 2009-06-16. http://www.buzzgrinder.com/2009/against-me-hot-water-music-new-drummer. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- "Senses Fail Hit the Studio, Enlist Jason Black for Bass - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=309070. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- Nassiff, Thomas (July 6, 2011). "Punk legends Hot Water Music announce new record". The Independent Florida Alligator. Campus Communications. http://www.alligator.org/the_avenue/music/article_c0c8eb88-a84a-11e0-a402-001cc4c03286.html. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
- "Hot Water Music Announces The Fire, The Steel, The Tread / Adds Up To Nothing EP" thepunksite.com July 14th, 2011.
- "Hot Water Music detail 'Live in Chicago' double album". Punknews.org. http://www.punknews.org/article/43580. Retrieved 2011-10-26.