Monday, September 26, 2011

EP Review: The Fire, The Steel, The Tread / Up to Nothing EP

Title:  The Fire, The Steel, The Tread / Up to Nothing EP (Official, Amazon, iTunes)

This EP is Hot Water Music’s first new original material since 2004’s The New What Next.  “The Fire, The Steel, The Tread” is a re-worked Chuck Ragan solo song (which I wouldn’t have known without reading some reviews of this release, like this one and this one).  The song does have that Americana flare that Ragan has become known for but it still feels like a HWM song to me.  “Up to Nothing” has Chris Wollard taking the vocal duties in a song that would sound perfectly at home on The New What Next or along side any of The Draft’s material (for those of you who may not know, The Draft is basically HWM without Chuck Ragan).  Both songs are melodic, with powerful hooks and driving beats. 

I’m relatively new to Hot Water Music, just having really gotten into their music within the last few years, making The Fire, The Steel, The Tread / Up to Nothing EP the first new material that I’ve ever heard.  That having been said, I really really like this EP and think it is a great tease for what is to come when the band finally puts out a new full-length record in the somewhat near future (hopefully).  

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