Artist: Hot Water Music

Album: Exister

Release: May 15 2012

Review By: Micah Binns

I don’t find this ironic that I sit here writing a review about the latest release from Hot Water Music while listening to the old stuff… after all my relationship with HWM has been a long one. I’ve been through good times (a lot of them) with my dear Richmond friends, hell I even told the DJ at my wedding Hot Water Music was mandatory in our playlist.

But enough about me, it’s been 8 years and for the hardcore fans 8 long years. Almost to the point where we felt it was our fault…what did we do wrong? Clearly farther from the truth HWM comes back with Exister and we here at TSI got a special first glimpse into what will surely be a highly anticipated comeback album. The album is very clean and produced as was their last album The New What Next and holds similar treats for HWM fans worldwide. My first impression was from the track Drag My Body which was available from Rolling Stone. The song is a strong track with uplifting qualities. The kind of track that I could probably play on repeat for a while without wearing it out. The second track Exister is an upbeat track reminiscent of older works and is sure to please fans that have been around for a while.  Going through the rest of the album you get the feeling that the band hasn’t lost touch with their roots but has certainly gained a sense of moving forward. The album as a whole I think will be a great launching point for people that may have not had the pleasure of having heard HWM in the past but will also appease the older fans used to the slightly under produced “golden era” of HWM.

From Jason in his own words:

“It was a different approach for us,” Jason notes. “But I think it worked out better in the long run. I think everyone got to write more and got more of their own voice. Once we started writing it just started going. And we probably could have kept going and going and going.”

And from Chris:

I think George nailed it during the recording process when he said that it felt like making our first record again,” Jason adds. “It’s been so long. I don’t think any of us cared what anyone thought about the record. When you’re in the middle of being a band and you’re making a new record it’s really easy to get caught up in that idea of whether people are going to like it. We just didn’t worry about it this time because it felt like we had a clean slate. And it came out really well because of that.”

So all said and done Exister looks to be an amazing album and I would encourage people new to Hot Water Music to start with Exister and work backwards. The clean and polished production will likely appeal to new listeners while it still stays in line with what most seasoned listeners will appreciate. I myself will certainly pick up a physical copy as soon as it is available. Good work guys!



May 16 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church – (Album Release Show w/ White Wives and Daylight)
May 19TH ASBURY PARK, NJ – Convention Hall (w/ Bamboozle, Foo Fighters, Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, All-American Rejects, Anti-Flag, The Promise Ring)
May 21 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
May 22 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater (2ND SHOW ADDED DUE TO DEMAND)
May 26 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse – FYF presents (w/ Touche Amore, Joyce Manor and more!)