on 7 July 2004
I fell in live with this band 5 years ago when I bought No Division. I went on to get my hands on everything they'd done. Then came flight and a crash which, whilst a good album and better than anything a lot of bands could or have done, wasn't quite up to the quality of the likes of Finding the Rythms.
This album though sees them reaching for those heights again as they go back to the rawer punky emo sound from the more cerebral post hardcore sound of Flight.. with some fantastic songs. God bless men who sound like they're hurting their throats when they sing.
on 13 February 2004
Now nearly everyone who likes punk has heard of hot water music, but I’d warrant only about half of them have actually heard them. Now this was never an issue before 2001 saw the release of a ‘flight & A Crash’, the album that brought them into the press and public spotlight. Now what it did do was to bring them recognition, unfortunately this only went as far as a worldwide Chinese whisper, that stated, ‘HWM’ are hot property. That was all.
Now 2002 sees the release of ‘Caution’, now this album should ride happily in the wake of the critical acclaim they received for their previous release. Today though, we are going to look at it for it’s own merits. These are actually quite wide ranging. This release boasts high production values and a much tighter arrangement in terms of track selection and the tracks themselves. This record is all about tight melodic hardcore and it achieves this memorably. People who hear this album may well draw comparisons to ‘Glassjaw’ but these would be fairly unfounded as ‘Caution’ maintains a good sound throughout with shimmering verses and boundless melodies.
Another good merit of this album is that I am finding it hard to compare it with other releases or artists, which surely must be a good thing. Now that we have established a sense of originality and style (uncommon in a hardcore record these days) then we need to look deeper.
The deeper you look the flaw you expect to find doesn’t exist. The singing is customary, he doesn’t really have a voice that stands out but it is suitable and works well with this music. The lyrics are probably the most fascinating part, they are very varied and you will find yourself listening intently to what is being conveyed. ‘HWM’ are probably a more mature ‘Jimmy Eat World’ with a hardcore background. One of the most incendiary aspects of this record is the way the music is light or a sonic barrage at exactly the appropriate moments for each and every song. This must indeed be a difficult task and you can tell that a lot of care and attention to detail went into the entire process of creating this record.
This band have been around since early 1997 and have been constantly improving, I recommend that fans of ‘Glassjaw’ desert the sinking ship and board the S.S. ‘HWM’ for carefree and intelligent sailing for years to come. This is a must for all hardcore fans.
Standout Tracks: ‘Trusty Chords’, ‘The Sense’ & ‘Not For Anyone’.
on 19 January 2003
Hot Water Music have been one of my favourite bands for a long time, and I certainly wasn't dissapointed with this release. As soon as i got home i chucked it in my cd player, and in classic style Remedy started up, the bass chugging along, and unrelentless guitars, this was probabaly the best track on the album for me. Hot water Music seemed to have taken a slightly different route with this album, they have moved away from the intricasies of 'Flight and a crash' and have aquired a rawer punk sound, although it is slightly marred by an overly slick production on this album. Overall this is a great album, other highlinghts include Wayfarer and Sweet Disasters, the only let down was the production, although if you are going to get a Hot Water Music album I would go for 'A Flight and a Crash'.