As the anticipation ramps up for the May 15, 2012 release of HOT WATER MUSIC’s first album in eight years, EXISTER, media juggernaut Huffington Post has exclusively posted “State of Grace”, the first single from the album. To listen to the track, find it here: Mike Ragogna: ‘State Of Grace’ and ‘With God On Our Side’: Hot Water Music and K’NAAN Audio & Video Exclusives. The second track unveiled from the album (RollingStone.com posted album track “Drag My Body” on March 28th), “State of Grace” is what bassist Jason Black describes as “three chords and the truth,” showcasing the band’s ability to successfully balance their formative punk-rock grit with an engagingly catchy melody.
In celebrating the release of Exister, the band will be playing a handful of record release shows in NYC, Philadelphia, and SoCal as well as festivals such as Monster Bash (Berlin, Germany), Groezrock (Meerhout, Belgium), and The Bamboozle (Asbury Park, NJ). A full tour will be announced at a later time (confirmed tour dates below).
Recorded this past January at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO with Descendents’ Bill Stevenson (Bouncing Souls, Rise Against, NOFX) in the producer’s chair, Exister isn’t the sound of a band greasing their wheels but a band revved up and raring to go. “Recording the album was amazing… better than any of us expected, for sure,” Jason says. “It seems like the time off, coupled with everything we’ve all learned doing other projects and honing our respective crafts during that time, really worked in our favor and enabled us to have a basically unending flow of ideas and creative sparks.”
Hot Water Music first formed in 1993 in Gainesville, FL and quickly rose to the top of the post-hardcore punk scene. After releasing seven studio albums, two compilations, one live album and countless numbers of 7″s, EPs and splits, the band took an indefinite hiatus in 2005 but reunited in 2008 and have been playing numerous festivals, quick tour runs, and one-off shows ever since.
Hot Water Music is Chuck Ragan (vocals, guitar), Chris Wollard (vocals, guitar), Jason Black (bass), and George Rebelo (drums). Exister was produced by Bill Stevenson and will be released on May 15, 2012 on Rise Records.
May 16 First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia, PA) – SOLD OUT
May 18 PouzzaFest (Montreal, Quebec)
May 19 Bamboozle Asbury Park, NJ
May 21 Gramercy Theater New York, NY – SOLD OUT
May 22 Gramercy Theater New York, NY
May 26 The Glasshouse Pomona, CA