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New Times: Do you feel like you're starting from scratch again, or are you just picking up where HWM left off?
Jason Black: I would hope to do both. As far as a fan base, we won't be starting from square one, which is positive and negative. I'd love it if people could listen to the new record without associating it with Hot Water.
NT: In a Million Pieces is more melodic and straight-ahead than most of your old stuff. Did you consciously write it that way?
Black: It reflects where we are as a band now, so I don't think it was conscious so much as just true to what's happening now and what we like.
NT: You would never hear some of this stuff on a HWM record. There's some ska dabbling on "Let It Go," and was that xylophone on "All We Can Count On"?
Black: It's actually a kids' piano. Yeah, we've started to do some things that we couldn't do before. We're not going to be doing any of the heavier stuff that was happening in Hot Water at the end.
NT: So no more heavy-handed "Oooooooh, I'm serious and scowling and hardcore"?
Black: (Laughs.) Seriously, musically and aesthetically, Hot Water turned into this kind of über-serious thing after a while, and I really just like this better. It's more melodic, and I guess it's just happier because we are. And don't get me wrong I love Hot Water, it was my life but this is just where we're at.
NT: Would you ever do a legitimate Hot Water Music reunion?
Black: No. I quit officially a while ago, and that's that.