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Premiere: Hot Water Music, ‘State of Grace’

New song inspired by ‘infectious epidemic of health problems’ from genetically modified food

In May, Florida punk outfit Hot Water Music released Exister, their first LP in eight years. The band called it quits in 2006, only to reform and begin performing together less than two years later. This week, Hot Water Music continues its comeback streak with a provocative video for Exister‘s first single, “State of Grace,” which was written in response to health concerns surrounding genetically modified food.

“‘State of Grace’ was simply inspired by an infectious epidemic of health problems caused from the constant consumption of genetically modified food and non-organic farming continued to run on chemicals or additives,” singer Chuck Ragan explains to Rolling Stone. “The fact of the matter is that our society as a whole has veered away from the simplicity of growing food and is now suffering and will continue to suffer the consequences until a greater population decides to make a change for the better.”

The song’s video, directed by June Zandona, combines footage of the band peforming the terse punk anthem with shots of sickly children, injection needles and maggot-infested apples. “I fear we’re good for nothing and simply disintegrating into the terra firma,” the gruff-voiced frontman sings during the video’s unsettling conclusion.

Watch “State of Grace” above, and check out Hot Water Music’s upcoming tour dates here:

9/7 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
9/8 Brooklyn, NY – RIOT FEST
9/9 Toronto, ON – RIOT FEST
9/11 Quebec, ON – Agora Port de Quebec
9/12 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
9/13 Ottawa, ON – CE Centre
9/14 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
9/15 Chicago, IL – RIOT FEST
9/16 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
9/17 Grand Rapids, MI – DeltaPlex
9/18 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
9/20 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
9/21 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheatre
9/22 Austin, TX – Emos East
9/24 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
9/25 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
9/26 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
9/28 Tempe, AZ – Tempe Beach Park
9/29 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
9/30 San Francisco, CA – Slims
10/1 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
10/2 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort Theatre
10/3 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/4 Victoria, BC – Save on Foods Memorial Centre
10/6 Calgary, AB – BMO
10/7 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Expo Centre

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