Hot Water Music was a boring, bland, angsty rock band that was popular with fat girls, beardos and betas back in the 90s. Basically, they were the band who played with hardcore bands but wasn’t hardcore, and people who liked them we really annoying proto-hipsters who were only into hardcore for a couple years before dropping out to become indie rockers, DJs, bartenders, and all the other things that hardcore kids become when they get old, boring and cynical.
I didn’t think it was possible for a band to be even more boring and tuneless than Fugazi, but these guys pulled it off!
I had no idea they were even still around, and I have even less of a clue why Rise would sign them- I can only assume that the owner, Craig, made enough money off of mosh4christ records that now he can basically run the label like a vanity project. But what do I know about the music business- maybe the typical HWM fan is the next big thing! Maybe 36 year-old suburban dads who drive a 2001 Subaru Outback wagon, teach English for $42K a year at an inner-city school, shop at Ikea, and have no fucking clue about anything that happened in hardcore since 1999 will be the driving force behind the music industry in 2012.
Either way, definitely not my thing, but they do seem like good guys so I wish them the best! (srs)