Album Review: Hot Water Music – Exister

Back with their first album in eight years, Hot Water Music’s “comeback” record is one that has high expectations by some but thankfully ‘Exister’ delievers in abundance with its bold, urgent tone that is constant throughout. From the opening of ‘Mainline,’ HWM steamroll their way through with memorable melodies and Chuck Ragan’s nearly-fammiliar rough vocals. 

Whilst ‘Boy, You’re Gonna Hurt Someone’ has a suitable crispness that is ideal for HWM and brings out the best in their sound. ‘State Of Grace’ and ‘Drown In It’ sees the band carry on their momentum, while ’Drag My Body’ sees the band retret the tempo momentarily before busrting through with urgency. 

It is this same urgency that makes the title-track a standout moment; its fast-tempo and balls out punk rock guitars along with Ragan’s raw, passionate vocals. 

It is also a credit to HWM for sticking to their roots, as ‘Exister’ is a consistent record that doesn’t strecth the bands ability, and although moments such as ‘Pledge Wore Thin’ gives the record a slight country twinge, its no doubt that is a through and through punk rock record from a band that truly care about each and every track.

Fans of the punk rock should and will probably welcome this with open arms, and they have no reason not to. A thriving, consistent record from a band who jump straight back on track from the get go, rather than one who are simply making a cash-fueled comeback.

4.5/5

‘Exister’ by Hot Water Music is released out now through Rise Records.

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Words by Sean Reid

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