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Hot Water Music

Chuck Ragan Vocals, Guitar 

Chris Wollard Vocals, Guitar 

Jason Black Bass 

George Rebelo Drums 



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If it's trite to say HOT WATER MUSIC's third album for Epitaph is easily its finest album yet, it's also the goddamn truth. When it comes to forceful, fluid and intricate punk-inspired sounds, few -- if any -- roar with the kind of expression and precision found on The New What Next.

Launched by the expressive, anthemic spark of "Poison," The New What Next is a bold musical proclamation that's uniquely paced and often irresistible. From the melodic yet cathartic drive of "End of the Line" to the captivating, infectious riffs that propel the mid-tempo "All Heads Down" and beyond, bassist Jason Black says the sonic change-ups in place for the follow up to 2002's Caution were intentional.

"We sought out new dynamics, and we went for different tempos and different feels," Black explains. "The only thing we purposely tried to do for this record was make sure each song stood on its own, so they didn't really sound like each other too much. We even experimented with different tunings, which is something we never would have thought we could do. But we just keep evolving and trying new things without confining ourselves too much."

Built on a foundation of open-mindedness, teamwork and democracy, HWM has been road and studio dynamos since coming together in Gainesville, Florida in the mid-1990s. By 2001, the quartet had aligned with Epitaph in time to drop the highly lauded A Flight And A Crash and its follow up, the much revered Caution.

Again relying on producer Brian McTernan (Cave In, Promise Ring) whom Black calls "a great shit meter for us," the bassist says that The New What Next was "the easiest record we've ever made by a long-shot." With another head in the game that the group by now trusts implicitly, ...

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