Members: Jason Black, Chris Wollard, George Rebelo, Wonderboy
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2005 was a year of difficult decision making for the four members of Hot Water Music. After ten years together and six years of constant touring, things needed to change. The incessant touring the band had become so well known for had taken a toll, and not all of the members felt the drive to continue to be away from home. After serious deliberation, the band came to the decision to call an end to the way things were.
Known over the years for their participation in numerous outside musical ventures, it came as no surprise when three of the four left standing in the wake of HWMs decision--Chris Wollard, Jason Black, and George Rebelo--made the decision to pick up right where HWM left off and begin anew. However, this band was to become something different than any of them had done before. This wasnt a side project to be toyed with in their off time from HWM; this was a new band, a new full-time endeavor which would start beyond where HWM stopped and carve a trail of new and exciting music that need not rest on the laurels of their past accomplishments. As for the name, they chose THE DRAFT.
The long process of not only writing an entirely new batch of material that would meet the self-imposed standards of Wollard, Black, and Rebelo, but writing one that would define a new identity for them both musically and as a band began in late spring of 2005. With the addition of long-time friend Todd Wonderboy Rockhill on lead guitar shortly thereafter, THE DRAFT was not only a complete unit, but one running full-steam ahead. Drawing on their collectively vast musical influences and experiences, the members of THE DRAFT began creating a sound that infused the best elements of punk, rock, and pop into a contemporary musical vision that sounds entirely fresh and new, yet remarkably welcome and familiar to any listener.
With their debut full-length scheduled for release in July of 2006, THE DRAFT stand poised to not only win over the fans of their collective pasts, but to win over a entirely new audience which is likely cross greater divides than these boys ever have before.