Hot Water Music on bending punk rules till they break and leaving space for the “long f**kin’ guitar solo” just ‘cos they can

Hot Water Music
[L-R] Hot Water Music’s Chris Wollard, Chuck Ragan and Chris Cresswell (Image credit: Elena Vilain / Josh Casuccio)

“Hot Water Music is a very liberated band in the punk world,” says Chris Cresswell, one of the long-running punk band’s three guitarists and vocalists. 

“With punk being a genre, there’s still a lot of rules, which is ironic. But Hot Water breaks them all the time.”

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Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.