Acclaimed punk band Hot Water Music are excited to present the music video for “Turn the Dial,” the latest single lifted from the band’s critically acclaimed new album, Feel The Void. A song about the constant struggle to find balance in life doing what musicians do — or any creative avenues for that matter — “Turn the Dial” stars the popular young actress Lulu Wilson (Becky, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Annabelle: Creation, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) who plays a teenager recovering from her injuries at home and accidentally uncovers a new side of herself through the discovery of a band. Director Jesse Korman worked with Wilson on the film Becky and felt she’d fit the role best, and the clip aims to capture that “Oh, sh*t!” moment we’ve all had when we discovered a band that changed our lives.
Guitarist/vocalist Chris Cresswell had the following to share about the song itself: “Turn the dial for nothing’ is in reference to searching for something that’s out there, while knowing that nothing you’ll find will ever make you as happy as what you can create yourself. Finding yourself so tapped and so exhausted by all this kind of life entails, but also never being able to put that fire out. The search always continues.”
|In 2017, Hot Water Music vocalist/guitarist Chris Wollard stepped away from playing live with the band in order to focus on his mental health. While the other members – Chuck Ragan (vocals/guitar), Jason Black (bass) and George Rebelo (drums) – understood and supported his decision, it did nevertheless bring the future of the band into question. After a chance encounter between Rebelo and The Flatliners’ Chris Cresswell, Cresswell ended up stepping into Wollard’s shoes for a performance at The Fest that year, which would eventually lead to him becoming a permanent member (with Wollard continuing to record with the band).|
Recorded at Black Bear Studios in Gainesville, FL, Feel The Void marks the return of producer Brian McTernan, who worked with the band on 2001’s A Flight And A Crash, 2002’s Caution and 2004’s The New What Next, often thought of as Hot Water Music’s classic period. From the moment the dark, portentous intensity of ‘Another Breath’ kicks the record off, it’s clear that this is a band at the peak of their powers. McTernan’s involvement was incredibly instrumental in channeling that spirit and energy – the intense urgency of ‘Killing Time’, ‘Newtown Scraper’ and ‘Scratch On,’ the nervous but positive emotional energy of ‘Hearts Stay Full’ and the title track, the soaring chorus of ‘The Weeds,’ the surging, powerful roar of closer ‘Lock Up.’
Feel The Void also finds Wollard and Ragan singing dual vocals again – and to devastating effect – something that should definitely please longtime fans of the band. Ultimately, it’s a spirit of perseverance, defiance and hope that defines this record, and which also demonstrates how steadfast Hot Water Music has remained in its beliefs and ideas. The world might have changed drastically in the past 25 or so years, but the reason why the band makes music has remained exactly the same as it ever was. What’s more, the music is just as powerful, vital and full of meaning, and just as effective at counteracting the emptiness, pain and suffering that, sadly, is an inherent part of life.
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