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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Hot Water Music
No Division
Some Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
When I first heard Hot Water Music's opus Forever and Counting in the winter of 1997 I was involved in a relationship with someone who lived 3 hours away from me. On more than one occasion the entire 3 hour drive was provided with the Gainesville rock soundtrack. So monumentally complete I thought that record was that my brain could swim in it for hours on end. Then they broke up and went out like a blazing John Kennedy of blistering underground rock.

Now they're back. With a vengeance. As rock solid as Forever was, No Division surpasses it. Although not as consistently dead on as it's predecessor, this album takes the band to new heights with their diversity. No Division is different; as different as it can be and still be Hot Water Music. Hot Water Music's arsenal of musical polish is overwhelming in every aspect from vocal configurations to driving guitar breaks to cymbal crashes. What this EP lacks in overall power it more than makes up for in inventiveness and vocal prowess. And if you thought they were hardcore before, wait until you hear what Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand producer Walter Schreifels has whipped out of them.

Another aspect of Hot Water Music that many of us find totally appealing is the amount of integrity and positive outlook they bring to the tired, busted-ass arena of emotional hardcore. If it weren't for a handful of bands like Hot Water Music I would write off hardcore altogether as a truckload of crap. Consistent themes of unity and strength are seldom found "cool" in today's youth culture and Hot Water Music bring them to the table backed by two smoking barrels of intense and driving sound. Even a song like "Driving Home," showing the darker side of the band ("I know the sink and the rot gut feeling/ I know what it's like to want to end it all") winds up with a positive spin on it.

Rumor has it that Hot Water Music is again on the verge of breakup. With records like Forever and Counting and now No Division they can continually go out like heroes, only to come back and do it all again.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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