Throughout the late ’90s and early ’00s, the Gainesville, Florida band Hot Water Music perfected a big, hearty, melodic form of punk rock, one that left an impact on emo without ever becoming emo. In recent years, the band has only been intermittently active, even breaking up for a few years in the late ’00s. But later this year, Hot Water Music will release Light It Up, their first new album in five years. And they’ve shared the tough, no-frills pop-punk banger “Never Going Back,” a song that shows that the band’s classic sound is still very much intact. Listen below.
Light It Up is out 9/15 on Fire Records.