When: Thu., Jan. 31, 7 p.m. 2013
Hot Water Music have split up several times, gone on an extended hiatus, and given rise to a popular side project and solo career, but it seems like they can’t not exist—throughout its nearly two-decade history the Gainesville four-piece has had as much to do with the success of husky beardo anthem rock as three-dollar PBR tallboy specials. Late-90s albums such as Fuel for the Hate Game and Forever and Counting—which features the driving and unstoppable “Manual”—will forever inspire burly dudes to pump their fists and yearn for the golden days, wherever or whenever they were (probably when delivering pizzas was considered pretty OK work). Last year’s Exister (Rise), Hot Water Music’s first studio album in eight years, picks up right where they left off with The New What Next in 2004. On the opener, “Mainline,” Chuck Ragan’s raspy, soulful croon cuts right through the rock-solid rhythm section as the song climbs to an inevitable, slightly melancholic sing-along chorus. Go ahead and knock the dust off that trucker hat—we’re all good here. —Kevin Warwick La Dispute and the Menzingers open.