Hot Water Music
Rise Records 
Fire Note Says: Hot Water Music returns with the same sharp edge they left with 8 years ago on their new record Exister.
Hot Water Music storms back onto the indie scene with this reunion record that represents the groups first new material in eight years. Of course that is a lifetime on the music scene and when you consider that frontman Chuck Ragan has been off doing the roots rock thing I think everyone had some concerns about what Exister would sound like.
Well - the good news is that Exister is another punk rock offering from Hot Water Music that is fairly straightforward, plenty fierce and fully confident. Fans will easily feel right at home here as the album is loaded with sharp 2 and 3 minute rocking tracks that is kicked off with the thundering "Mainline" which sounds like the band never left. Ragan sounds completely re-energized here and clearly has been saving up some angst for this record. The strong pounding rhythm on "Drown In It" also is another classic sounding HWM track which is a big sonic attack on the ears.
Hot Water Music have returned here with a solid record in Exister that should not only welcome back old fans to the party but grab the attention of new ones. The band has always delivered a type of no nonsense style of punk rock and that is the same emoting vibe on Exister. This familiar approach works again for the band and the additional hooks give the record some staying power. Exister may not be their best record to date but it certainly is entertaining and works well if you turn it up loud which is all I am sure you wanted to hear in the first place!
Key Tracks: "Mainline", "Paid In Full", "Pledge Wore Thin"
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony