Chuck Ragan tells NME that his new album is 'by far the best record Hot Water Music has ever made'

Hot Water Music are streaming their new album ‘Exister’ in full and exclusively on NME.COM. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen to it.

The album isn’t formally released until Monday (May 14), but you can hear it in full now by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

‘Exister’ is the band’s first full-length album in eight years and their first since they reconvened after a lengthy hiatus. It was recorded with producer Bill Stevenson in Colorado earlier this year.

Speaking to NME about the album, singer Chuck Ragan said: “We’re all incredibly proud of it, the songs are some of our favourites, and, simply put, it’s by far the best record Hot Water Music has ever made. We’re thrilled with it.”

Then asked if the band would be touring in support of it, Ragan confirmed that they would be, but that he and his bandmates wouldn’t be undertaking the backbreaking commitments they once did.

He said of this: “It’s been a lot more fun to play live since we got back together. We’re not running ourselves into the ground like we used to. We’ll get out there and support the record, but we don’t feel like we need to kill ourselves doing it. We don’t have anything to prove, we’re going to play shows when we feel like it.”

You can also watch a video of Hot Water Music introducing ‘Exister’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

The tracklisting for ‘Exister’ is as follows:

‘Mainline’
‘Boy, You’re Gonna Hurt Someone’
‘State of Grace’
‘Down in It’
‘Drag My Body’
‘Safety’
‘Exister’
‘Wrong Way’
‘Take No Prisoners’
‘Pledge Wore Thin’
‘No End Left in Sight’
‘The Traps’
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