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Gainesville, Florida (1993 – 2005, 2008 – present)

Hot Water Music is a Gainesville, Florida outfit known for Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard’s raspy vocals, as well as their searing Jawbreaker-esque guitars on earlier albums. The act first formed in 1993, and their first record, Finding the Rhythms, was released on No Idea and Toy Box records. Many fans commonly refer to Hot Water Music as the abbreviation, HWM. The name Hot Water Music comes from a Charles Bukowski book.

HWM recorded an album with their good friends and mentors Leatherface for the first volume of the BYO split series. They also recorded with Alkaline Trio for a split LP on Jade Tree shortly thereafter.

In 2001, Hot Water Music signed with Epitaph Records and released the record A Flight and a Crash, and went on to release two more records with Epitaph, Caution and The New What Next.

In addition to their full length albums and the two aforementioned split releases, Hot Water Music have also released 5 other EPs and split albums: Push for Coin (1995 - demo tape), Eating the Filler (1995- Toybox Records), Hot Water Music vs. Discount (New American Dreams) and Colors, Words, and Dreams (2002 - split with The Casket Lottery, Second Nature Recordings).

In 2005 the band took a hiatus as vocalist Chuck Ragan wanted to spend more time with his family. Soon after, the rest of the band formed The Draft, and released their debut record, In A Million Pieces, September 12, 2006 on Epitaph Records, along with various 7” vinyl records on No Idea. Ragan has opted for a solo-acoustic act with No Idea records, releasing a monthly vinyl to prelude a full studio album, as well as two live discs. As for Hot Water Music, No Idea is getting ready to release a b-sides disc later this year.


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  • andreyGFBPA

    still epic

    9 Jun 1:53pm Reply

    Foo Fighters meets Rise Against.

    4 Jun 8:00am Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavy Pop Review:

    5 May 4:56pm Reply
  • oldghostblues

    @findpeace you should listen to giver, wayfarer, better sense, where we belong, alachua, not for anyone, counting numbers, our own way and no division, those are very melodic songs.

    28 Apr 5:43am Reply
  • findpeace

    Hey, could someone make a list for me of their most melodic songs? Like Turnstile and Trusty Chords? Those are my favourites, but I'm not so well acquainted with HWM.

    20 Apr 6:12pm Reply
  • yourblackteeth

    The issue isn't the emo tag, it's a lack of understanding of the term emo. If you don't see the emo in HWM, chances are that your definition of emo is probably incorrect. Do some homework. Learn your roots.

    18 Mar 12:58pm Reply
  • Hardbizqiut

    best! <3

    7 Mar 7:53pm Reply
  • Flexography

    Moonpies for Misfits EP > All

    7 Mar 2:21am Reply
  • justinius23

    boring foo fighters-core is the best description i've ever heard.

    3 Mar 9:31am Reply
  • rown10

    chuck is emo!

    24 Jan 6:10pm Reply
  • anahronix

    where da fuck is emo here?!

    10 Jan 8:04pm Reply
  • RecK_F4

    Imagina um HOT que, além de WATER, o filho duma quenga teima em ser MUSIC

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    Chuck Ragan's voice, god damn :O

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • CleansingScream

    was jetz nich heißt, dass ich sie nich geil find^^

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • CleansingScream

    man man man...das is doch kein post-hardcore :@

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MoogInRow

    @Dusk2099 i cant really see them as that sort of emo either

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • PsyX_

    я слушаю много панк-исполнителей, но HWM по-настоящему ахуенны и уникальны, сука, как бы я хотел побывать у них на концерте

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Dusk2099

    depends on what you define emo as really. they are (well, were) emo in the old sense of the word, i.e. jawbreaker, sunny day real estate and such.

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • asiankaos

    People are way to hung up on labels for music.If someone thinks HWM is emo then guess what they are emo to them. So they are not wrong. What the hell is with labeling music into a million categories?

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • MoogInRow

    Go find something you enjoy.... There's a bright idea. [4] They probably have emo influences but i wouldnt call them an emo band

    23 May 2014 Reply
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