Hot Water Music 22.06.2012 Hurricane Festival Scheeßel


Hot Water Music

Remedy war der Beginn von einem weiteren Hot Water Music Auftritt den ich miterleben durfte. Chris Wollard, Chuck Ragan, George Rebelo und Jason Black aus Gainesville sind Hot Water Music. Das Hurricane Festival 2012 in Scheeßel war unser diesmaliger Treffpunkt und leider hat es (mal wieder) nicht so mit den Bildern geklappt. Egal, live haben HWM die Red Stage gerockt und auch das Publikum davor hat sich begeistern lassen, live einfach immer gut!

Another gig with Hot Water Music. This time I was able to catch them at the Hurricane Festival in Germany. Unfortunately the pictures did not work out like they should (had that already with them) but anyway: the show was good and Hot Water Music took the Red Stage and rocked. The audience liked it and Rock The Cam liked it as well, and if you start with Remedy, you are on the overtaking lane.

Hot Water Music 14.08.2011 interview Chuck Ragan

An interview under bad circumstances

I was lucky to meet Chuck Ragan for a little talk at the Festa di Radio Onda d’Urto in Italy when Hot Water Music were on the line up. Half relaxed in the backstage area we sat down and the problems started. After a few questions I found out that my recording tool was broken. Chuck offered me to record the interview on his mobile and to mail me the file, cool, so I did not need to write down anything and of the interview went. Almost at the end Chuck noticed that somehow the recording did not work and happy me and happy you, here are some parts which I still remember: Shit!!!


HWM-Chuck Ragan Hot Water Music - Chuck Ragan

My lovely opening question “Where does it all ends?” was answered like this.
CR: I don’t know, we talk about that a lot, no matter if people are listening to us or not, we do what we have to do and we try to go our way.

RTC: Can you make a living from your music?
CR: It is a tough life; it is living with your hand in the mouth. You have little security but I am my own boss and that feels good, it is my self-chosen independent life. If all would not work out I might be doing a job where I am working with my hands. When I was young, me and my brother were building skate ramps and that was lots of fun, shaping wood and creating something useful, it was a good thing.
Back then when I went for my music life my grandfather always encouraged me, he kept me going.
I wanted to do it at an earlier age but was discouraged by a lot of things like parents, school and church. All said what I wanted to do was the wrong way to go. I just wanted to do it cause it felt good. It was my grandfather on my father’s side who told me if you love what you are doing, you are a fool if you ever put it down, keep going no matter what anybody says – go your way. This always stuck on me and now I am musician (smiling)

I remember some topic changes (talked about sport and yoga – how Punk is this?) and another question.

RTC: Hot Water Music – how much did Bukowski influenced you?
CR: Oh, it was a real bad influence on me, I was very depressed and drinking heavenly, so the books dragged me down even further. Once I sold them all for 10 $ and found out I should have done that earlier!

RTC: Best song which you would like to have written?
CR: „Hold On“ by Tom Waits

But I must confess I do not remember the reason why, he explained it, but it is gone.

RTC: How much control do you have as a band about your band (releases, design, bookings)?
CR: We have full control on that, of course we have to give things out of hand, but just to people that we trust. For example a record design, we know the artist, he does the work and we trust him.

RTC: Last one, imagine you are god and you are able to set up a festival of your choice (even dead people or dissolved bands can be on the list), please name the five headliners?
CR: OK, the line up should read like this:
1) Creedence Clearwater Revival
2) The Police
3) Woody Guthrie
4) Bob Dylan
5) Blaze Foley


Chuck Ragan interview photo

I must confess, all in all there is not so much that is left from the conversation, but it is far better than nothing and here you can check out the Hot Water Music concert pictures from Brescia / Italy. Here everything worked out fine, click – sit back – enjoy!

Hot Water Music 14.08.2011 Festa Di Radio Onda D’Urto Brescia


Hot Water Music - Brescia

Innerhalb kurzer Zeit hatte ich die Freude Hot Water Music aus Gainesville USA wieder zu sehen, diesmal beim wundervollen Festa Di Radio Onda D’Urto in Italien. War das Münchener HWM Konzert schön, dann war dies noch eine Spur besser. Warum? Es war nicht der Mob, der ist mehr ausgerastet in München, es waren nicht die Stagediver, die gab es in Brescia nicht, aber das ganze Drumherum hat mir besser gefallen, relaxtes Festival, angenehme Leute, 25 Grad um Mitternacht und eine tolle Band (Hot Water Music) auf der Bühne. Danke George Rebelo, Chris Wolland, Jason Black und Chuck Ragan (auch fürs Interview).

In a short time period I was able to catch Hot Water Music live on stage again. This time it was in Brescia at the Festa Di Radio Onda D’Urto. The gig from Jason Black, Chuck Ragan, George Rebelo and Chris Wolland was good and compared to Munich three days ago, I liked this one better. Although there were less people in Italy and they did not stagedive, there was just the great vibration of a relaxed open-air and about 25 degree at midnight! Thanks Hot Water Music and thanks to Chuck for the interview.

Hot Water Music 11.08.2011 Theaterfabrik München


Hot Water Music

Da war ich doch ein wenig aufgeregt, denn Hot Water Music habe ich bisher noch nicht auf Rock The Cam. Die Voraussetzungen in der Theaterfabrik in München waren nicht die Besten (nur die kleine Kamera dabei, schlechtes Licht und ein tobender Mob + andauernd besprungen von Stagedivern), aber hat schon gepasst. George Rebelo, Jason Black, Chuck Ragan und Chris Wollard rockten die Hütte. Korrektes Konzert mit anschließendem 7″ Single Kauf!

I must admit I was a bit excited: cause until now I did not had Hot Water Music on Rock The Cam. Unfortunately the starting position at the show in Munich was not the best, bad stage light, small camera, dancing people and lots of stage divers but a great gig. I enjoyed what Jason Black, Chris Wollard, George Rebelo and Chuck Ragan so called Hot Water Music from Gainesville Florida were performing.

Hot Water Music 11.08.2011 Konzertposter

Hot Water Music Poster – Theaterfabrik München 11.08.2011

Hot Water Music - Poster

Die Fotos zum Hot Water Music Konzert gibt es bei diesem Link.

The Hot Water Music concert pix are here.

HOT WATER MUSIC – The Fire. The Steel. The Tread. – HWM Records

HWM001 – HWM Records 2011

Schon eine Weile her, dass es etwas Neues von Hot Water Music (Chris Wollard / Chuck Ragan / Jason Black / George Rebelo) gab und jetzt auf weißem Vinyl (ich glaube das ist die Europatour Pressung – MFG in CZ by Pirates Press) kommen zwei neue Lieder daher:
The Fire. The Steel. The Tread“ ist auf der A Seite und die Frage stellt sich, ist das noch/wieder Punk Rock? Eher weniger, dafür klingen aus den Rillen der Schallplatte Töne, die ich unter Rockmusik einordnen würde. Melodiös und groovy, dazu die bekannte raue Stimme, passt.
Auf der B-Seite dann „Up To Nothing“. Der Song kommt schon flotter daher. Treibendes Gitarrenlied mit Gefühl für die Melodie, geteilter Gesang und insgesamt klingt dieser für mich besser.

HOT WATER MUSIC - The Fire. The Steel. The Tread. - HWM Records - white euro tour vinyl version

It is quite a while since the last new release from Hot Water Music and now here on white 7” vinyl (I think it is the euro tour pressing) two new songs. On side A it is “The Fire. The Steel. The Tread” which has nothing to do with Punk Rock, but is good Rock music. Melody, groove and the typical hoarse voice.
B-side brings “Up To Nothing” which is faster and has more drift. Guitar music as well and the vocals are split between Chuck and Chris, I like this better.
There should be different colored versions: No Idea Records got one, sea blue on Chunksaah Records and another one on the Hot Water Music web store, yeah and the white euro tour pressing (to show off: mine here with signature from Chuck Ragan on the front cover)

Chuck Ragan 06.11.2010 Tonhalle München


Chuck Ragan

Chuck Ragan auf der Bühne der Tonhalle in München. Sein Songwriterauftritt kam beim Mop gut an und als dann noch Jon Gaunt an der Geige dazukam, ging die Stimmung noch eine Nummer steiler. Irish Touch, hat mich zeitweise so an Bands wie Levellers erinnert (falls die noch jemand kennt, ich habe die so 93 rum gerne gehört und gesehen – und höre die heutzutage immer noch ganz gerne), doch auf Dauer hat dann bei Chuck Ragan irgendwie für mich der Kick gefehlt. Beim vorletzten Lied durfte dann noch Benny Horowitz von Gaslight Anthem zur Hilfe mit ans Schlagzeug ran.

Saturday night fever with Chuck Ragan! Live at the Tonhalle in Munich, Chuck Ragan (known from Hot Water Music) opened up for The Gaslight Anthem. It was an acoustic show with the help of Jon Gaunt on fiddle. Great watching and hearing these two. Somehow it made me such a Irish touch feeling.