Published Jul 13, 2011After seven years apart, melodic Floridian punks Hot Water Music are back. The Gainesville quartet have just announced a new seven-inch release, featuring their first new tunes since 2004's The New What Next.
"The Fire, The Steel, The Tread / Adds Up To Nothing" will first be released August 2 digitally, with a physical release available August 29. While a standard edition will be sent to stores, labels Chunksaah, No Idea and the Hot Water Music webstore will carry limited quantities of coloured vinyl. The pre-sale begins August 15.
Frontman Chuck Ragan explains that while the band got back together a few years back, they held off on writing and recording until the time was right.
"Timing. It's always been a matter of timing," he said in a statement, admitting that each member is busy with other projects as well. For instance, Ragan just announced his new folk-tinged solo disc.
"We've wanted to get it together but have all been full steam ahead in our own directions that it's taken this long to do it," Ragan said.
Interestingly, while these two tunes mark the first recorded material since 2004, the band have yet to enter the studio together as a whole. Each song was recorded in stages, with "Adds Up To Nothing" tracked in Gainesville and "The Fire, The Steel, The Tread" in Grass Valley, CA. The experience was super-positive, however, and the group are planning on getting into a studio together sometime this winter.
"I'm not worried one bit," Ragan said of the group's dynamic. "Everything comes full circle and if you believe in what you're doing and how you're living, everything will fall into place."