Hot Water Music In-depth Biography
Gainesville, FL-based post-hardcore} quartet Hot Water Music} were formed in 1994 by singers/guitarists Chuck Ragan} and Chris Wollard}, bassist Jason Black}, and drummer George Rebelo}. Debuting in 1995 with the 7" "Eating the Filler,"} they soon returned with the EP Push for Coin}, rounding out the year with the release of their first full-length effort, Finding the Rhythms} on No Idea}. Fuel for the Hate Game} followed in 1996, but in the wake of their third album, Forever and Counting}, Hot Water Music} disbanded. The group soon re-formed, however, with a series of split singles as well as a new 7", "Alachua,"} spread across 1998; a year later saw the release of a new studio album, No Division}, as well as the Live at the Hardback} set and the Moonpies for Misfits} EP. Wollard} and Rebelo} also teamed on the side project Blacktop Cadence}.
Flight and a Crash} marked the band's first release for Epitaph} and of the new millennium, soon followed by 2002's Caution}. The roundup compilation Never Ender} appeared in early 2004, and The New What Next} came out that fall. Around the same time, No Idea} also finally released the full-length debut of Ragan} and Wollard}'s acoustic side project with Samantha Jones} (of Bitchin'}), Rumbleseat}. Hot Water Music} went on an extended break in spring 2005 so that Ragan} could concentrate desired time to life outside of the band. Meanwhile, the rest of the band went on to form the Draft} with Todd Rockhill}, and subsequent nationwide touring followed. A formal announcement appeared in May 2006 that HWM} had officially called it quits. The Draft} continued full-time, as Ragan} began issuing some solo acoustic material. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide