Band Name Origins: Why did they choose the name Hot Water Music?

Ever wonder where some bands come up with their band names? Well, we do, and we’re sick of sitting around scratching our heads about it. We’re hitting the streets (aka. “Internet”) to find the origins behind some of the more bizarre, intriguing or just plain random band names in the scene. Every now and then, we’ll pull back the curtain on a different band and this week it’s Gainsville, Florida punks Hot Water Music.

Proving to everyone that their influences run deeper than most hardcore inflected post-hardcore/emo/punk bands, Hot Water Music turned to literature to cull their name. Charles Bukowski’s short story tome Hot Water Music was published in 1983 and according to Wikipedia “deals largely with: drinking, women, gambling, and writing.”

Bukowski is considered an influential author and is famous for his minimalist writing style and focus on poor, ordinary Americans as inspiration.

Hot Water Music will be releasing their follow up to 2004’s The New What Next this year.


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