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Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music is a split EP by the punk rock band based in Chicago, Alkaline Trio, and the punk rock band based in Gainesville, Florida, Hot Water Music, released January 22, 2002, through Jade Tree.

Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music
Alkaline Trio-Hot Water Music cover.jpg
EP by
ReleasedJanuary 22, 2002
GenrePunk rock
LabelJade Tree
Alkaline Trio chronology
From Here to Infirmary
Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music
Good Mourning
Hot Water Music chronology
A Flight and a Crash
Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music

In addition to new material, the EP features each band performing cover versions of songs from the other band's catalog, with Alkaline Trio covering Hot Water Music's "Rooftops" (from No Division) and Hot Water Music covering Alkaline Trio's "Radio" (from Maybe I'll Catch Fire) and "Bleeder" (from I Lied My Face Off).

It was Alkaline Trio's first release with drummer Derek Grant, who replaced previous drummer Mike Felumlee in 2001. Both bands later re released their songs from the EP on compilation albums, with Alkaline Trio's tracks appearing on Remains in 2007, and Hot Water Music's tracks appearing on Till the Wheels Fall Off in 2008.



Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]

Critical reception to the EP was positive, with Kevin Hoskins of Allmusic praising "Queen of Pain" and "'God Deciding'" as representative of each band's best material to date, specifically praising George Rebelo's drumming.[1] Jason Thompson of PopMatters praised Alkaline Trio's tracks over Hot Water Music's, preferring Matt Skiba's singing voice to Chuck Ragan's and remarking of the latter that "All too often the vocals are of that saliva drenched, back of the throat variety which takes out a lot of the punch of this group, whose musical abilities are as tight as the Alkaline Trio's."[3]

Track listingEdit

Alkaline Trio
1."Queen of Pain"Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, Derek Grant3:57
2."While You're Waiting"Skiba, Andriano, Grant4:07
3."Rooftops" (originally performed by Hot Water Music)Chuck Ragan, Chris Wollard, Jason Black, George Rebelo2:15
Hot Water Music
4."'God Deciding'"Ragan, Wollard, Black, Rebelo2:37
5."Russian Roulette"Ragan, Wollard, Black, Rebelo3:25
6."Radio" (originally performed by Alkaline Trio)Skiba, Andriano, Glenn Porter2:15
7."Bleeder" (originally performed by Alkaline Trio)Skiba, Andriano, Porter3:13
Total length:23:46


Alkaline TrioEdit

Hot Water MusicEdit


  1. ^ a b Hoskins, Kevin S. "Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  2. ^ Hiller, Joachim (March–May 2002). "Reviews: Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music / Split-CD". Ox-Fanzine (in German). Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Jason (2002-04-17). "Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music Review". PopMatters. Retrieved 2009-12-03.