Hot Water Music

Hot Water Music

Forever and Counting

Doghouse

Forever and Counting is Hot Water Music’s third full CD (previously released include Finding the Rhythms and Fuel for the Hate Game, as well as the EP Press For Coin ), and first on Doghouse Records.

“But my energy flows with the truth… “

The first word that comes to mind when describing this band is the watch word of emo bands… honesty. Each song is written so honestly that it transcends the usual CD listening experience. To clarify, never once did I feel like I was just hearing four guys playing instruments in a studio. This was more like I was feeling four people’s emotions served into an understandable form.

“I’ve got to start by leveling out my anger… “

What an amazing transition it has been over the last few years to see some bands break the emo image of endless melancholy. It is a sign of positive change that some bands are no longer satisfied with anger, fear, heartbreak, and bitterness as subject matter. Not that these emotions are useless, but isn’t dwelling counterproductive? It is also good to see that emotional music no longer confines itself into a preset group of emotions.

“If you hear this I hope it eases some troubles you left with… “

One of the most strangely uplifting moments on this CD is the song “Minno,” a eulogy on the death of a friend. The lyrics mention only briefly the sharp pain of death, and deal instead with the ache of losing a friend’s presence. It takes a good deal of maturity not to rail against such a situation. It takes even more to turn it around into understanding.

“Sometimes I am put down but I’m sure to stand up… “

It may be important to mention that Hot Water Music, as a band, have been through hell and back since Fuel for the Hate Game. Through touring, personal struggles (read the lyrics), and a fight with a major label over the band’s name, they have shown an integrity most bands only talk about. These guys mean it.

I won’t make my usual points about the music, though it is quality music. Nor will I point out favorite songs.

I won’t make comments about packages or artwork (though Scott Sinclair deserves at least a mention for stunning artwork).

I won’t make requisite comments on production or song structures, though it is all well done.

I will say this. These songs are about the wars we all fight every day, and they are the call to arms we sometimes need to help us win. They are these four people’s friendships, trusts, questions, answers, wins, and losses all here for us to see. And they mean every word of it… Doghouse Records, P.O. Box 8946 Toledo, OH 43623

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