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Album Review: Hot Water Music – “Light It Up”

Before Hot Water Music was a band I loved, they were a band I wanted to love. From the outside looking in, there’s an undeniable something about the band’s output that makes you wish you were a part of it. Maybe it’s the minor cult of personality surrounding Chuck Ragan– Hemingway-styled man’s man and gravel-throated troubadour. It could be the name too, Hot Water Music— a name shared with a short story collection by Charles Bukowski. Then, of course, there’s the music itself. At once groove-based, experimental, airy, and tightly interlocked– then also, inherently singable, loud and anthemic. With so many ideas making up the core of Hot Water Music, it’s easy to forget that the actual core of the band is four people: Chuck, Chris, George, and Jason. And more than anything, how each member irreplaceably contributes is what makes all the difference.

I have fond memories of Fuel for the Hate Game, it was my first Hot Water Music album, and as music cliches go, it’ll probably always be my favorite. I had already heard Fugazi, so I at least had a band to namecheck against its post-hardcore approach to melody and rhythm. “Turnstile” the most unabashed punk banger on the album, reeled me into the new waters, and soon the rest of the album followed. By the time Exister came out, I felt like a seasoned fan, rolling around in the muck and excitement of a new Hot Water release.

Well, we’ve come to the end of one release cycle and entered a new one. Fittingly, it’s time to write one of my favorite collections of words: Hot Water Music is back. Light It Up wants you to know from the get-go that it is a Hot Water Music album, both a continuation of what they’ve been doing years and a sonic scrapbook. Before you even start spinning, the album artwork hearkens back to the wonderful and abstract cubism of Scott Sinclair’s art. Then, there’s also the fact that this album, for the first time since Fuel for the Hate Game, is totally produced by the band. For better or worse, this release carries with it the same weight as a self-titled album. Hot Water Music wants you to know they’re back, and across Light It Up, they’re exploring everything that makes them unique.

Light It Up is a latter-day Hot Water Music album, so game-changing is out of the question. In this stage of any band’s career, there are few boundaries to adequately explore that don’t feel perfunctory or worse, stale. The best you can hope for from a band with a handful of classic albums is that their new stuff is what they’re excited about playing. And continuing the theme of distilling the essence of Hot Water Music– the time honored back to roots approach of latter-day album making– they have reintroduced some of the band’s old idiosyncrasies that were sadly missing from Exister. The Chris Wollard led tracks are the most obvious in these regards, as they usually are. “Vultures” verses are shouted, a throwback to the band’s own hardcore influence and “Overload” is carried by the bass fills that have been with the band since the start. On “Show Your Face,” we get to hear a more aggressive Chuck Ragan delivery than usual, with him barking the opening verse. Hearing Chuck tap into his punk side a little more on this album is a real treat, as I thought some of the most off-notes of Exister were when it felt like we got the electric B-sides of a Revival Tour jam. He actually delivers the angriest track this time around– “Sympathizer”– a mid-tempo banger with a nasty minor-key riff that punctuates lines like, “It’s safe to say you burned our bridge!” It’s an easy standout in an album full of quality songs.

“Bury Your Idols” is a Chuck Ragan-belter that begs to be screamed along to in sweaty crowds. This song and others, bring to mind that as Hot Water Music has aged, they have settled comfortably into a punk rock sound that takes as much from early Bad Religion as Fugazi. The hearty and melodic woahs that appear across Light It Up make the case well, and while I could argue it strays the band further from their core (but, I could also point to “Wayfarer” off Caution and wonder what the fuck I’m talking about in the first place), they execute everything with such gusto that it’s hard to say any one element doesn’t belong. Big woahs aren’t what I go to a Hot Water Music album for, but they make for sweaty communion in the live setting. And if anything, that might be what has guided the band from an angular post-hardcore outfit to gritty anthem-writers– it’s hard to project yourself onto twisting rhythms, but traditional songwriting is tried and true and more connective than most of us want to admit. The fact that Hot Water Music hasn’t totally bled out all of their abrasion is a minor miracle. “Light It Up” is literally a marriage between the past and present, one of their fastest tracks in a long time, filled with fast-spitting vocals and yes, a big woah chorus.

The album closes with “Take You Away,” an impassioned track with a killer lead vocal performance from Chuck Ragan and some call and response. And I think, that is essentially why Light It Up works so well. It’s not groundbreaking for Hot Water Music, but it makes good on every disparate element of their music and delivers in the spirit, if not the exact formula– it’s passionate, but also, it has integrity. It comes through in the vocal performances, the emocore-hearkening lead on “Rabbit Key,” the fluid basslines on “Complicated,” and George Rebelo’s glue like drumming that keeps so many strong voices on the same team without losing his own.

Again, I take a deep breath and say my favorite words: Hot Water Music is back. Light It Up is a record of songs that wanted to be written, an album that respects the past without slaving to it. As an entity, Hot Water Music has already made their bones, and with Light It Up, they’re telling the world they plan to keep them.

4/5



Hot Water Music release video for new song “Complicated”

Hot Water Music have released a video for new song “Complicated.” Give it a watch below.

Bassist Jason Black had this to say about the lyrical content on the song:

“The basic gist of the lyrics is that, civilized/Western/first world cultures are destroying the planet; even those of us with the best intentions can’t make the difference we’d like, because life and the circumstances surrounding [us] are complicated.”

The song is taken from their upcoming album “Light It Up” which is their first album in 5 years. It due to be released on September 15th via Rise Records.



Hot Water Music release video for new track “Vultures”

Hot Water Music have released a video for new song “Vultures.” The track is off their upcoming album, “Light It Up,” released on September 15th via Rise Records. The video follow’s May’s “Never Going Back“.

You can watch the video, featuring fan footage that spans the band’s whole career, below.



Hot Water Music premiere video for new song “Never Going Back”

 

So I may have squealed a little when I saw this news. Hot Water Music have premiered a video for their newest song “Never Going Back.” The song is off their upcoming album, “Light It Up,” which is due to be released on September 15th via Rise Records.

Do yourself a favor and check out the video below.

Okay, you know how I said before if you watch only one video today, it should be the The Homeless Gospel Choir’s “Normal?” I lied to you. I’m so sorry. You should definitely watch this one too. Can we still be friends?



Hot Water Music will release new album, first in 5 years

About six months ago, we reported on the rumblings of new material from Hot Water Music, and now it looks like it’s official!  Chuck Ragan recently told The Punk Site that the band is officially in the studio, working on new music for a 2017 release.  This will be the band’s first album since Exister came out five years ago.

Ragan had this to say about the new music:  “Energy is high, vibes are good so to say the least, we’re stoked to have this new record underway. We owe everything to our loved ones for standing by us all these years of us continuing this path. Without their support, we would’ve run out of fuel quite some time ago. Our fans have been a constant inspiration as well. A beautiful community of music lovers that share the same vision and ethics that this band was born into and continues to share through songs. Thank you for all the years of support and always going above and beyond the call whenever it came to making it to our shows to sing your hearts out. Our gratitude is much more than what I could ever put into words. We’ll be trucking along in the studio and looking forward to getting everyone some new music soon.”

Needless to say, we’ll keep you posted as more information about the new album comes out.



Hot Water Music begin writing new music

Hot Water Music‘s Chuck Ragan recently posted a picture on Instagram with the caption that he and bandmate Chris Wollard are currently writing new material for what appears to be the band’s next album, which will be their first since 2012’s Exister.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new album come to light. Hot Water Music last released the vinyl box set, 20th Anniversary Collection, a year ago.



No Idea Records announce a bunch of new releases (Hot Water Music/Small Brown Bike reissues, new Ship Thieves and more)

Var and the kind folks at No Idea Records spilled the beans on what can only be referred to as a crap ton of new releases for the ’15 today. While there are no firm release dates attached to any of these (stupid resurgence in vinyl popularity), the fact that these all may get released over the course of the next bunch of months is pretty awesome.

Perhaps most noteworthy are a couple of Hot Water Music reissues. The band are obviously celebrating their 20th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, Var reports that No Idea will be “cleaning up, re-mastering, and adding art to many of their records.” First out of the chute will be a remastered version “Finding the Rhythms” on CD and double LP, and featuring artwork that isn’t in the original vinyl packaging. Following that will be a re-mastered version of their 1999 release “Live at the Hardback,” a live recording of what was, at the time, supposed to be their final show. We all know how that turned out.

In related news, No Idea will also be releasing the third studio album from Ship Thieves, whom you probably remember as Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves. Chris Wollard is still in the band, just not in the name. Should be out late summer, which is rad (because I still listen to “Canyons” on a weekly basis at the very least).

Also coming from No Idea this year: a new album from Billy No Mates (featuring Joey Cape and Sergie Loobkoff!?!), reissues of Small Brown Bike‘s “The River Bed,” and Palatka’s “End Of The Irony,” an I Hate Myself discography triple-album, a new album from Germany’s No Weather Talks, Black Tower‘s “The Secret Fire,” and a couple of splits that include Radon (one with Shallow Cuts, one with Japan’s Worthwhile Way).

There may be some additional goodies along the way. You can read Var’s whole rundown here. Check in down in the comment section with some of your favorite No Idea releases.

 



Sweet Disasters: The 17 Side Projects of Hot Water Music

Hot Water Music has had a long and varied career, spanning over 20 years, 7 studio albums, 3 compilation records, and 2 live albums. But that wasn’t enough for Chuck Ragan (co-vocalist/guitar), Chris Wollard (co-vocalist/guitar), Jason Black (bass) and George Rebelo (drums), who all have had illustrious careers with varied side projects as well. Here, we try to catalog all the members various side projects once and for all, if for no other reason than to expand the purist record nerd’s never-ending search for the Baroque 7” that Chris Wollard may or may not have played on in 1997.

Check out a comprehensive list of all the various Hot Water Music member side projects below and let us know if we missed any.



Hot Water Music announces 20th anniversary retrospective LP collection

Long running Gainesville, Florida punk rockers Hot Water Music have announced that they will be releasing a 20th Anniversary Retrospective compilation. The 4 LP collection will feature songs from all seven of their full length albums, as well as various singles and splits. You can view the retrospective’s track list below.

This collection will be a limited edition pressing on 180 gram vinyl, and you can pre-order your copy here



A-F Records streams new benefit compilation “This Concerns Everyone” in its entirety

A-F Records will be releasing a benefit compilation next week entitled “This Concerns Everyone”. The work will feature live and studio recordings from artists such as Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman, Rage Against The Machine), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music), Chris #2 (Anti-Flag), and more. It will be released digitally (with additional bonus tracks) and as a limited edition LP that can be pre-ordered here.

Today, the label has made the entire compilation available to stream here.

“This Concerns Everyone” will be released on November 18th and a portion of proceeds from the record’s sales will be donated to the Right To Heal Campaign, which is a joint effort between The Iraq Veterans Against The War, The Organization of Women’s Freedom In Iraq, and The Federation of Workers Councils and Unions In Iraq.



Chuck Ragan to score upcoming “The Flame In The Flood” video game (makers of Halo 2 + 3, Guitar Hero and more)

Another “it came from left field” story for your Hump Day late-afternoon: the one-and-only Chuck Ragan is getting into the video game score composing game!

Ragan was approached by video game collective The Molasses Flood (featuring members of the teams responsible for BioShock, Halo 2 and 3, Guitar Hero, Rock Band and more) about coming up with a score for their upcoming game, “The Flame In The Flood.” The crowd-funded game “projects the gamer into a completely unique, procedurally-generated river, through environments inspired by the Everglades, The Mississippi Delta, Louisiana Bayou, and other quintessentially American places as you scrounge for resources, craft tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife, and most importantly, stay ahead of the coming rains.” If ever there was a game that was right up Ragan’s alley, it seems “The Flame In The Flood” is it.

We’ll keep you posted on details as they become available. In the meantime, you can check out more information on the project here, and see where you can catch Ragan on tour in support of his stellar latest full length (and album-of-the-year candidate) Till Midnight (SideOneDummy Records) right here. He’s also got the twentieth anniversary Hot Water Music tour coming down the ‘pike too; here are details.



Tim Mcllrath (Rise Against) streams cover of Guns N Roses’ “Civil War” off upcoming benefit compilation

Tim Mcllrath of Rise Against is currently streaming his contribution to the upcoming benefit compilation from AF Records This Concerns Everyone. Check out Tim’s cover of Guns N Roses’ “Civil War” below.

This Concerns Everyone is set to be released on November 18th, featuring live and studio recordings from artists such as Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman, Rage Against The Machine), Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music), Chris #2 (Anti-Flag), and more.  It will be released digitally (with additional bonus tracks) and as a limited edition LP that can be pre-ordered here.

A portion of proceeds from the record’s sales will be donated to the Right To Heal Campaign, which is a joint effort between The Iraq Veterans Against The War, The Organization of Women’s Freedom In Iraq, and The Federation of Workers Councils and Unions In Iraq.



A-F Records announce protest compilation album “This Concerns Everyone,” stream track “House Gone Up In Flames”

A-F Records have announced plans to release a new protest compilation album titled “This Concerns Everyone,” on November 18th of this year.

The record will include live and studio recordings from artists such as Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman, Rage Against The Machine), Tim Mcllrath (Rise Against), Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music), and Chris #2 (Anti-Flag).  It will be released digitally (with additional bonus tracks) and on limited edition vinyl LP that can be pre-ordered here.

A portion of proceeds from the record’s sales will be donated to the Right To Heal Campaign, which is a joint effort between The Iraq Veterans Against The War, Organization of Women’s Freedom In Iraq and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions In Iraq.

You can check out the track list below, and stream Tom Morello’s live acoustic version of “House Gone Up In Flames” here.



Hot Water Music announce 20th anniversary tour with The Flatliners and Dave Hause

Long running Gainesville, Florida punk rockers Hot Water Music have just announced dates for their upcoming 20th anniversary tour. The tour takes place this coming November and will feature support from The Flatliners and Dave Hause. Check the full list of dates out below.

Hot Water Music’s latest studio album, “Exister,” was released in 2012 via Rise Records.



The Fest 13 adds Hot Water Music, Touche Amore, Masked Intruder and more to lineup

We have some more bands announced for The Fest 13!  Joining the already great lineup will be Hot Water Music, Touche Amore, Masked Intruder, Modern Baseball, Enabler, and many more. You can check out all the bands announced today at the Fest website over here, and the full lineup here.

The Fest will take place in Gainesville, FL October 31st – November 2nd 2014, and it’s prelude Big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor 2 will take place in Ybor, FL October 29th and 30th. Passes for The Fest and Pre-Fest will go on sale April 20th at 4:20pm here.