Hot Water Music
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The sandpaper grit of their guitars, the tight interplay of their jazz-trained rhythm section, and the vocal dynamics of Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard are the ingredients that make Hot Water Music a singular entity in post-hardcore. In a career that spanned the tail end of the '90s into the new millennium, they made some of the most tuneful and engaging music in the genre. The raw emotion and subtle pop touches ensured that their albums were never rote exercises in tough-guy riffing. With plans to reunite soon, Hot Water Music continue to carry the torch for the thinking man’s hardcore.