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Hot Water Music / A Static Lullaby

Hot Water Music / A Static Lullaby: live in San Diegolive in San Diego (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: SheenaSheena
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I went to this show with mediocre expectations. I guess it's because these bands just don't excite me like they would have four years ago. Apparently these bands don't excite many other people either because there weren't a lot there. I went to this show more for a friend than I did for myself. .


I went to this show with mediocre expectations. I guess it's because these bands just don't excite me like they would have four years ago. Apparently these bands don't excite many other people either because there weren't a lot there. I went to this show more for a friend than I did for myself. Every Hot Water Music show I've been to, there is always a similar response to the lack of a large crowd. "Wow, I thought there'd be more people than this, it is Hot Water Music." I hate to break it to you people, but no matter how hard they try, Hot Water Music has trouble selling a place out as a headlining band.

Anyway, the first band that played was These Arms Are Snakes. They made my poor ears beg for mercy. Oh and they were boring, so boring I went to go read an article on Iggy Pop and a review about how bad the new Catch 22 album sucks. Well apparently people disagree with me on These Arms are Snakes because all the people I talked to said "WOW! They were so much better this time!" Better? I can't imagine what it would have been like the last time.

Then The Lawrence Arms played. They had a decent stage presence and the crowd excluding myself seemed to be having a good time. Every one looked like they were having fun. My ears definitely were not begging for mercy, but this band is not something I'd go recommending left and right. They were O.K. I felt indifferent about their set.

Second to last: A Static Lullaby. Sorry if I offend you but GAG. At this point in the show I wanted to shoot myself and be done with it. That screamish crap is not for me. Some bands pull it off well and some bands try too hard. This is one of those bands that tries too hard. There were some tolerable songs though. But not to fear! I do have one positive thing to say about them. They had EXCELLENT stage presence. The lead singer used his space well. I will stand by that. Only thing, he should learn to take it easy with the mic. First off, choking yourself with the mic does not make your band cooler and second of all, take it easy when you swing that damn thing around. He came within inches of slamming me in the face when he swung it around. (I'm sure some of you would have appreciated that)

And lastly, the headlining band. I'm not trying to make myself sound cool by saying that was the seventh time I've seen HWM, I'm just setting the grounds for what I'm about to say. THEY'RE BORING. I used to enjoy seeing them play, but slowly I've realized nothing has really changed except for a few song changes in the set list. And the sad thing is, sometimes I really sense their boredom of touring all the damn time.

Set list as follows, as close as possible:

A Flight and a Crash
Wayfarer
Free Radio Gainesville
Jack of all Trades
I Was on a Mountain
Three Summers Strong
Paper Thin
Jet Set Ready
Rooftops
Turnstile
Just Don't Say You Lost It
Remedy
Manual

encore:
Trusty Chords
True Believers
It's Hard to Know

That "True Believers" is a Bouncing Souls cover. I was surprised. I didn't know what to expect when they said they were going to play a cover. Hello, the Bouncing Souls? Could it have gotten any worse? At least they didn't play it last. Not all bands can close on a cover and call it a good set.

All in all, this show was lame. I think I am done with Hot Water Music shows for a while. I can't subject my self to that kind of boredom any more. I have better things to do with my time.

 


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Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

The Lawrence Arms could kick Sheena's ass. Fuck Sheena and God bless TLA.

Anonymous (May 13, 2004)

does anybody know if HWM ever plays trademark live? its one of my favorite songs

Sheena (December 9, 2003)

Ouch. Oh wait no, I am not affected by you people trying to rip me a new one. If I tore up a band ou hated, I'd be your best friend. Gave a rave review to band you liked, I'd be your best friend. *sigh* sucks for you guys, I'm going to keep on posting reviews.

Anonymous (December 8, 2003)

?I reckon she musta been on the rag when she went! Musta left some evidence all ova tha pit! Yee-haa!"

...boys, boys, please.
-Janelle
at least there's another girl to rip apart. although i'm quite resilient...

Anonymous (December 8, 2003)

First, dont rip on the bouncing souls cuz they are one of the best, if not the best live acts ever. plus their music kicks ass.
Second, Static Lullaby is a piece of crap band. I had to sit thru them before I saw Strung Out, needless to say I was pissed off for a while but once strung out started playin it was all good

Anonymous (December 7, 2003)

the lawrence arms and hot water AND the bouncing souls are amazing.
maybe if you had real love for the music, you wouldn't be so damn "bored" with everything.

Anonymous (December 6, 2003)

Fuck you loser dont make fun of the Bouncing Souls there way better than HWM.

KingOfRain (December 5, 2003)

Don't rip on ASL so hardcore, a few of their songs are good. Just b/c they're cookie-cutter screamo is no reason to judge em. Their live performance is another story though. I never seen em live, but if the majority of you guys said they sucked, I'll take your word for it.

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

Some of you people are fucking retards. Anytime somebody bashes on a band you like, you say the review is shit and all these comments about her liking brand new and blink 182 don't make any sense to me - are yoiu actually defending A Static Lullaby with that comment? I'd much rather listen to either blink or brand new then that horrible shit. Lawrence Arms and These Arms are Snakes both don't do much for me either, though I am a huge HWM fan...it's been a couple years since I seen'em.

Oh yeah, am i supposed to be taking that last comment seriously or what?

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

Hot Water Music sucks and especially once I found out that the drummer is gay. I think that its gross and these guys should be boycotted for promoting homosexuality. I am probably going to get bashed, but our lord does not accept beastly behavior.

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

Duh no shit? This show sucked? Maybe you should go to the casbah every now and then. How do you get sheena to cut herself? Give her a knife and ask her whos special.
twat

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

Haha,

That would've been hilarious if Joe Brown hit you in the dome with his mic.
SHABLAM! Fuckin' lame ass, go listen to your fuckin' Brand New records and stop going to cool shows. It's people like you that give the scene a bad name.

Word!
Me

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

I think this bitch is the worst reviewer on this goddamn site.

agree

fucking bitch yo dont know nothing about hot water musci and lawrence amrs bitch you just like blink and all that shit... hahaha i can belive it a bitch on this site hahaha fucking joke

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

Must have been that time of the month. Ah, I love political correctness.

-bemused-

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

The Scene is officially closed now. Damn. Now SOMA will take over with their crappy shows and Clear Channel ties.

vien (December 4, 2003)

I saw this show back in CA. Hopefully, I would never have to sit through these boring ass opening bands again. HWM was great though. The highlight of that night was when they did "True Believers". Which was cool, because I remember when the Bouncing Souls covered "Trusty Chords" when I saw them about a month ago when Strike Anywhere opened. Awesomeness.

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

seeing a band 6 times in 2 years isn't really that much...

i saw them 3 times on their last tour up to canada and all 3 shows were awesome... which makes it like 4 times in the past year or something...

i do, however, agree that they should switch up their setlist a bit more and throw in some more random old tunes instead of turnstile/manual/fgr/three summers strong/rooftops

i'd love to see more 220 years, translocation... minno, position... druken third, at the end of a gun, driving home...

i really just wished they could have toured on no division forever.

i think they are due for a new record soon!

also - go see ann beretta, they look like they don't like touring all the time. hot water music definately don't. lots of smiling, talking, just overall great band... having a great time.

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

This is a poor review because most of the review is spent on the worst band of all, ASL. Leave out the stuff about what you read how many times you had to pee and stick to the bands performance and the review would be much better. and about 3 sentences.

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

Is Sheena hot?

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

i don't mind TAAS, when i saw them in montreal they we're ok, with more experience i think that they'll become quite good live. they're not that much of an ATDI copycat either, i don't think that there are that many similarities, it's similar kind of music, creative, agressive but not hardcore, and passionate.

when i saw the lawrence arms on the strike anywhere, good riddance show 2 years ago , they were awful, their cd's are ok, but back then they sucked.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I reckon she musta been on the rag when she went! Musta left some evidence all ova tha pit! Yee-haa!

losingstreakca (December 2, 2003)

i wish i could have gone to this show. the scene is an awesome venue and its a bummer its shutting down. damn soma

notfeelingcreative (December 2, 2003)

My advice is to stop going to HWM shows! I went to every HWM show from 97-2002! I will never go to another one (unless they are opening for another good band or vice-versa_! I like HWM, but i'm really tired of them! It sounds like you are too! Don't go next time!

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Sheena, do the world a favor and never write another review...maybe you should have let your friend review the show instead...

CrankWillDestroy (December 2, 2003)

'If you saw the same band so many times, you might get burned out on them as well. '

I agree. I'm a fan of the lawrence arms, but i've seen them a good amount of times and they've started to disappoint me a little bit, partially because they won't play too many songs off of Ghost Stories or AGTOC..

blood_brothers_are_good (December 2, 2003)

if you dont like any of these bands, and you knew you wouldnt like any of these bands (from how this sounds) why did you go?

funkisdead (December 2, 2003)

You know, I don't know what to say after I read that...
It did sound like you were in a bad mood when you went to the show, so I don't know what else to tell you.
You do repeatedly say that everyone was enjoying the music except for you, each time. You also say you went to the show with mediocre expectations...

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

in houston the encore was true believers and wild in the streets(circle jerk cover)

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I'd love to hear them cover the Souls...that would be so rad.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Fuck A Static Lullaby

superdude (December 2, 2003)

This review was good, but here's How I would make it better:

1. Two bands about arms! How could the reviewer ask for more?

2. Who would win in an arm wrestling match between These Arms are Snakes and Lawrence Arms?

3. Isn't Hot Water Music called beardcore?

4. Do they know that tattoos are forever?

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I was at this show and HWM were fucking amazing. These Arms are Snakes were too At The Drive-in ripoff for me and a static lullabye were just Simple Plan after they got ahold of Shape of Punk to Come (case in point; lead singer's green fau-hawk)but the Lawrence Arms and HWM fucking owned everyone but the review's asses. They probably owned her ass too but she's too cool to admit it, or she's moody or what ever. I especially enjoyed HWM's comments on Brand New playing the venue a few days before them, and their thought on "heartcore". And the encore wasn't planned (at least it wasn't on the set list like so many other bands) so it's not like they had set to end the show with a cover. I found it to be a very welcome surprise and tribute to another great band. So if you find HWM borring and mediocre, than start going to and reviewing shows you enjoy and are in the mood for.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I drove from St. Louis to Texas for this tour and I thought it was incredible.Hot Water Music was far from boring and this is coming form someone who has seen them six times since July.I went to the Houston, Austin, and San Antonio shows they were all good,these guys pour themselves into their shows everynight. Hot Water just came off a tour with the Bouncing Souls which is most likely why they did true believers.

notfeelingcreative (December 2, 2003)

Every time I see HWM I sit in the back of whatever venue they're playing at and yell "alachua!" at the top of my lungs!! Same set every time!

Edgie (December 2, 2003)

I can't think of anything better to do with my time than enjoy HWM with a couple friends, personally.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Ok Scott, thanks for the correction. But she worded her opinion horrifically. They are far from boring, maybe she's bored of them....

-sickboi

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

i realize what people are saying "everyones entitled to their own opinion", but if youre that BORED at a show, yet somehow have the motivation to write a review when you get home then i do believe you had this review planned out before even attending the show.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

i was at this show and it was my 1st time seeing HWM, i thought it was a good show, i wasnt drunk tho so that was kinda lame, but i had been at night school before i went to the show so i missed the 1st 2 bands, i wished i had missed the 3rd. all that screaming was annoying, anyways i thought HWM rocked, there werent really a grip of people there but when they played rooftops and one of the guys threw the mic, mic stand included into the crowd for the chorus i thought that was realy cool. very rock and roll, they had good energy. and then there was the little girl who was on her dads shoulders watching the show, her 1st , and HWM aked her if she was having good timeand she said that she enjoyed it so what does this reveiwer know anyway. kids are smarter than you all know. and on a sad note that was the last show i went to at that venue(the scene) it closed on sunday.. tis a shame.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

This reviewer is a fucking idiot.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I work on a tour in which i see the same bands play the same set every day for two months. After two months of the same songs in the same order, naturally I get tired of the artist. So, I understand seeing a band more than a couple of times. However, I recognize that the boredom lies within my overexposure, and not with the band's supposed apathy. To quote,
"THEY‚??RE BORING. I used to enjoy seeing them play, but slowly I‚??ve realized nothing has really changed except for a few song changes in the set list."
That is not a problem with the artist's performance, but one due to overexposure. The reviewer has seen the band play so many times that she is familiar with their performance, which creates boredom. Once again, this does not reflect the band, but the overexposure of the reviewer. It's obvious that the writer is not intending on slandering the artists, but in the end, these bands have negative reviews posted, when the problem was not the band, but with the reviewer's inablitiy to separate oneself from ones own experiences. No hate on Sheena, I just hate to see negative coverage of great bands.
ThereIsLifeInThis

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Opinions are like assholes. Everyone's got one, and this one happens to stink. REALLY BAD!

maverick (December 2, 2003)

Allow me to post a sampling of Sheena's thoughts on Hot Water Music from her past live reviews:

9/19/01 - "There is nothing to say about HWM except ‚??amazing.‚?Ě
12/15/01 - "I couldn't think of many better ways to spend my Wednesday nights than with this band."
4/4/02 - "It seems like every show I go to, they‚??re there, or they‚??re coming soon."
11/19/02 - "If you haven‚??t seen these guys live yet, get on it!"
2/28/03 - "This is the 6th time I‚??ve seen them, and I‚??ve just grown bored of them... I‚??m no hater so don‚??t get me wrong, they‚??re good, but I could use a change of pace."

If you saw the same band so many times, you might get burned out on them as well. For example, I'm a *huge* fan of The Stereo, but the last time I saw them [mid-August], I almost walked out because they were performing so poorly. As a fan of the band, I made that judgement.

In other words, lay off her, we're all entitled to our opinions.

-Scott

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

its not HWM music's fault that a reviewer is unable to appreciate the honesty and genuine emotion they play with every night and have for years. It sucks when fans are too cool to appreciate the hardwork, and good songwriting that both larry arms and hot water music bring to the table. Those bands have put out tons of amazing, well written releases, perform well every night, and deserve respect. Reviews like this are unnecessary, ignorant, and meaningless.
ThereIsLifeInThis

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

-c22

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I just realized that you talked shit about Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music, and Bouncing Souls, all in one review. Why the hell would you go to a show, when dislike every band playing, and then talk shit about ONE song that a band covered. Theres no reasoning for it, besides that fact your just plain stupid (or deaf, for that matter...). And lastly, Bouncing Souls are most definitly not boring.
Score for the show = 9 (keep the ear plugs handy for ASL)
Score for the review = 0

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I want to shoot myself from boredom after reading this review. Eat a dickwich.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

a show is what you make of it. You didn't allow yourself to have fun therefore, you didn't.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

at the show that i went to HWM played a song where they kept singing what sounded like "burn the stripes". what song was that?

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

First off, while I don't think this was a particularly good review, the reviewer doesn't deserve all this bullshit from you people. Anyways, I went to the last show of this tour in San Francisco, it was awesome. A Static Lullaby sucked horribly though, the screaming turned into a gimmick instead of being an expression of an emotion and they were assholes on top of that. However, Hot Water Music was great.

inagreendase (December 2, 2003)

Can anyone name a female punknews reviewer that doesn't get shit? Because I'm coming up empty.

I actually thought it was a pretty good, honest review. We obviously don't get many negative ones so it's a nice change in the current sidebar.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

This cunt gave a 9 to a Dashboard show, and a 5 to a HWM/Larry Arms shows?!

Die, whore!

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

read the review of this show in NYC to get a real idea of how fucking awesome it was.... and how much ASL need to die

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Jesus Christ this chick sucks at reviewing shows. This is how her mind operates:

I may only be 15 but I can't fail in making people believe I've been active in the punk rock scene since I was five. I have to hate everything so I can be cool in the eyes of people who don't even matter in the industry. If I keep hating everything, eventually I'll land a gig at a major magazine where I can keep on hating bands and get paid money for it.

Until then, I'm gonna be cool by hating everything.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Nevermind, that's what I get for only skimming that part. I can't believe you find ASL better than These Arms Are Snakes. This score is for your deductive powers on that one.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I was at this this show in the very front. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. These Arms are Snakes was quite odd. The lead singer kept sticking the whole mike into his mouth and also ventured to the crowd where he put his arm around me more than once. What a freakin nutcase! I like the Lawrence Arms but their performance seemed lacking to me. I couldnt stand A Static Lullaby and spent my time playing Pacman(every 20 seconds I heard the lead singer's ridiculous scream and couldnt stop laughing).Finally, Hot Water Music put on a very good show that I really enjoyed. Thought they had tons of energy and really seemed into their performance. Overall a good show with a couple of bands I really enjoy and a few I could do without.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Well, good job not enjoying yourself. I saw Hot Water Music and the Lawrence Arms at the Fest. In addition to both bands ruling, they both came out with a lot of energy; in fact I thought it was a more energetic HWM set than the last time I had seen them. This score is the same as yours for your reasoning for even going to the show if you find HWM boring and are indifferent at best to the other bands. Although I have to agree that A Static Lullaby is the worst shit ever.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

This review was shit.

-c22

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Stop posting her reviews.. They suck.. She talks more about what kind of "Mood" she was in then she does about the bands... Worst reviews ever... All of them..

Good Day

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Correct if I am wrong, and I could be, but doesn't she rag on HWM in every review she's done?

-sickboi

maverick (December 2, 2003)

Why wouldn't she review it? She went to a show that featured a band that she liked [and has seen many times before], and they didn't perform well. I like reading honest show reviews, instead of the "Oh my god all the bands were amazing" reviews.

-Scott

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Sheena, you are soo cool....

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

OK, If you don't like HWM, quit reviewing their shows, christ.

-sickboi

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I think this bitch is the worst reviewer on this goddamn site.

Love, Dan.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

one time they were good live......

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