Release Date: Tracklist. Album Rating: 4. I really need to get some stuff by this band. Great review. I seriously dug Flight and a Crash. Would you recommend this, in addition? Nice Review too. Album Rating: 5.
Brilliant Review and brilliant album 5 stars! The recently disbanded Hot Water Music have had a strange old time, as music careers go. However, Finding The Rhythms is where their signature sound started to really become apparent, and the songwriting really began to gel. HWM's sound has always been around a solid rhythm section, and this is evident right from the get-go. George Rebelo is a monster behind the kit, with his solid, heavy beats being augmented by some crazy fills which fit in seemlessly alongside his insane bass pedal work there are odd moments on the album where it almost sounds like he's using double bass pedals, but I know for a fact he never has used them, so that should give you an idea of the skill involved here!
Jason Black is probably one the most underrated bassists in the world of punk rock. Never content to just sit back and follow the Hot Water Music - Finding The Rhythms , Black constantly peppers his playing with bass chords, crazy fretboard runs, high pitched sequences of hammer-ons and pull-offs, and occasionally even harmonizes with the guitars, using his bass as a lead instrument as much a rhythm one. Although subtly delivered, his basslines are always audible and augment the melodies and rhythms perfectly.
Thankfully, they don't always follow the old standard of one doing rhythm and one doing lead. Chris and Chuck regularly trade duties, sometimes both doing lead, or in more chaotic moments, both playing totally different guitar lines which intertwine, without it quite being clear whether or not there is any rhythm guitar in there at all It all makes for a very original and unique sound, and is varied enough that it doesn't become stale or formulaic at any point.
The vocals are shared pretty much equally between Chris and Chuck, as per usual, and both utilise the throaty, gravelly, yet somehow melodic singing style they've used throughout the history of the band, with some nice vocal harmonies, and juxtaposed parts where each sing something different. The vocals are a little rougher than later works, but not by much. The Hot Water Music - Finding The Rhythms suprise, vocally, comes in the form of bassist Jason Black providing a few lines here and there in The Passing and Boundand actually taking on full lead vocal duties on Incisions.
His voice is very unlike the other two vocalists, in that he uses a cleaner, slightly whiney style of singing. It fits well with the music, and to anyone who hasn't heard HWM before, it would not come as a surprise, but to me someone who was introduced to the band through their more recent material, working backwardsit took a little getting used to, I have to admit. However, in combination with the varied subject matter of the vaguely personal lyrics, the sound as a whole really comes together, especially in upbeat opener Scraping with its quiet verse to loud chorus dynamics, and the juggernaut punk stylings of Floor with its massive melodic chorus.
Another highlight is Arms Can't Stretchwhich Body And Soul - Various - Some Enchanted Evening out subdued and quiet, and gradually builds into an Hot Water Music - Finding The Rhythms masterpiece, with the layered vocals stretching what is essentially just one line of lyrics into a full song. The particularly bass-fuelled Practice In Blue is a mid-paced piece combining the best parts of the songs which precede it, and the following track, Incisionsis an anthemic masterpiece, with the repeated refrain of "Keep digging deeper in myself" building to a crescendo at the end.
Closer Eating The Filler addresses emptiness and apathy in a fantastically catchy way, over several different tempos, switching between quiet and loud seemlessly, with a great chorus and vocal harmonies to boot, and when the everything but the vocals drop out, it adds another nice little break to the song.
It may go on for over 6 minutes quite long for a HWM songbut it doesn't seem half long enough! Finding The Rhythms isn't a perfect album by any means, there are some Hot Water Music - Finding The Rhythms which don't really grab you as much as others, and a few ideas are rehashed a little here and there, but not enough to noticably spoil the flow of the album. If you've never heard Hot Water Music before, this probably isn't the best place to start, but if you're a fan or have a passing interest, and you're curious as to what their older material is like, Finding The Rhythms is as good a place to start as any.
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The recently disbanded Hot Water Music have had a strange old time, as music careers go. Starting off in the early nineties with a slew of EPs, 7-inch singles, and rare vinyl/split/collectors' item releases, they finally got it together on two separate occasions in the first half of to record the songs that make up Finding The Rhythms, their first official full length album/5.
Finding the Rhythms Hot Water Music. Released Finding the Rhythms Tracklist. 1. Scraping Lyrics. 2. More Hot Water Music albums Shake Up The Shadows. Light It Up.
Feb 29, · View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Gray Vinyl release of Finding The Rhythms on Discogs. Label: No Idea Records - nir • Format: Vinyl LP, Album GrayVinyl 7 Hot Water Music - Finding The Rhythms (, Gray, Vinyl) | Discogs/5(4).
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Fans of Hot Water Music generally have grief with this album. The recording quality is less than favorable, the singers haven't quite found their vocal niches yet. But in my opinion, 'Finding the Rhythms' has what the other albums lacked, raw sincerity. Personally, I believe this is /5(7).
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Hot Water Music is a Gainesville, Florida punk outfit known for Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard's raspy vocals, as well as their searing Jawbreaker-esque guitars on earlier albums. The act first formed in , and their first record, Finding the Rhythms, was released on No Idea and Toy Box records.