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Hot Water Music is a punk rock band from Gainesville, Florida. The members of the band are Chuck Ragan, Chris Wollard (both lead vocals and guitar), Jason Black (bass), and George Rebelo (drums) first formed in 1993. They are represented by David "Beno" Benveniste's Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group.

Hot Water Music
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Background information
OriginGainesville, Florida, United States
Years active1993–1996, 1997–2006, 2008–present
LabelsRise, Epitaph, No Idea, Doghouse
Associated actsThe Draft, Against Me!, Senses Fail, The Bouncing Souls, Alkaline Trio, Leatherface, The Casket Lottery
MembersChuck Ragan
Chris Wollard
Jason Black
George Rebelo

The band's name was taken from the collection of short stories by Charles Bukowski of the same name.


Early historyEdit

Ragan and Black on The Stone Pony's Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ, June 22, 2013.

1998 hiatus and reunionEdit

In 1998, after releasing multiple EPs and three full-length albums, the band briefly disbanded, but soon reformed, announcing their continuation as Hot Water Music at the concert recorded for Live at the Hardback.

2006 hiatus and reunionEdit

In late 2005, Hot Water Music stated they were going on a hiatus following Chuck Ragan's departure. On May 13, 2006 however, the hiatus became seemingly permanent and Hot Water Music officially disbanded. The three remaining members then started a new project, The Draft, whose first album, In a Million Pieces, was released on September 12, 2006. Chuck Ragan also continued with a more low-key music career, releasing material through No Idea Records and Side One Dummy Records. He is currently signed to the latter. The band members have also participated in many side projects.

Wollard on The Stone Pony's Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ, June 22, 2013.

On October 22, 2007, music website reported that a reunion of the band was in the works.[4]

Post 2010Edit

The band has continued to tour, write and record new music including 2012's album Exister and 2017's Light It Up. In November 2017 Chris Wollard announced that he was taking a break from the band to focus on his health.[5] The band continued to play previously booked shows with The Flatliners' Chris Cresswell and Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake filling in for Wollard at several dates.

As of their 2019 25th anniversary tour Cresswell was still filling in for Wollard on guitar and vocals. Cresswell also played guitar and backing vocals on their 2019 Shake Up The Shadows EP.


Studio albums
Live albums
EPs and splits

Music videosEdit

  • Paper Thin (2001)
  • Remedy (2002)
  • State of Grace (2012)
  • Drag My Body (2013)
  • Never Going Back (2017)
  • Vultures (2017)


  1. ^ "Hot Water Music". Punknews. July 25, 2005. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  2. ^ "Hot Water Music - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  3. ^ "'Caution': Hot Water Music Heats Up". Billboard. July 25, 2002.
  4. ^ "Hot Water Music together again." October 22, 2007.
  5. ^ [1] November, 2017.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2012-02-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Light It Up by Hot Water Music". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Hot Water Music detail 'Live in Chicago' double album". Retrieved 2011-10-26.

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