NewsFebruary 29, 2012 2:34 PM ET4,062 views

Hot Water Music to release 'Exister' in May

Official press release: "For us, calling the album 'Exister,' I think it's a bit of a 'we're still here, and we're not going away anytime soon' type of statement," says Hot Water Music bassist Jason Black, about the name of their forthcoming album due out on Rise Records on May 15, 2012. From the sound of the new music, they're not just 'here'... they've arrived. Recorded this past January at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO with The Decendents' Bill Stevenson (Bouncing Souls, Rise Against, NOFX) in the producer's chair, Exister isn't the sound of a band greasing their wheels but a band revved up and raring to go. "Recording the album was amazing... better than any of us expected, for sure," Jason continues. "It seems like the time off, coupled with everything we've all learned doing other projects and honing our respective crafts during that time, really worked in our favor and enabled to have a basically unending flow of ideas and creative sparks." While some bands may be urged to always reply that their current album is their favorite, with Hot Water Music, it seems this is actually the case. When asked which of the tracks are the most special to him, Jason replied, "All of them. Literally. We recorded 13 and all 13 made the record, which is the first time that's ever happened." Exister track listing: Mainline Boy, You're Gonna Hurt Someone State of Grace Drown In It Drag My Body Safety Exister Wrong Way Take No Prisoners Pledge Wore Thin No End Left In Sight The Traps Paid In Full "I feel like we accomplished more than we'd ever dreamed years ago. So from those points on, it all feels like a blessing," adds Chuck. "Granted, it is hard work and we do make sacrifices to do what we love, but at the end of the day, if we can hang onto the bond and the reasons that HWM began in the first place and what drove us all those years, then we've done our job. If we can continue playing our hearts out, smiling while doing it and continue to grow as friends and as musicians close to 20 years later, then we've succeeded beyond all of my hopes and expectations." Celebrating the release of the record this May, the band is planning a full-scale US tour with dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

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