Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes' Rick Froberg Forms Obits, Signs to Sub Pop

Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes' Rick Froberg Forms Obits, Signs to Sub Pop
After the demise of Drive Like Jehu and then Hot Snakes, the bands’ main man Rick Froberg has launched yet another project, Obits, who have recently inked a deal Sub Pop. Froberg’s latest New York-based rock outfit are also in midst of recording their debut, which, according to Billboard, is expected to hit sometime early next spring.

Along with Froberg, Obits features guitarist Sohrab Habibion (formerly of Washington, D.C. act Edsel), bassist Greg Simpson and Scott Gursky on the skins. All are reportedly working with Girls Against Boys' Eli Janney and Geoff Sanoff on the group’s as-yet-untitled first album, which is currently being recorded at Brooklyn's Seaside Lounge studio.

"A lot of what we have in this band is what we were kind of looking for," Froberg told Billboard of Obits, which he formed after Hot Snakes broke up in 2006. "I don't know if we really knew it. We wanted a situation where we had the freedom to do whatever we wanted."

And while next spring may seem a long ways off to hear some Obits sounds, the group have plans to self-release a seven-inch for their track "One Cross Apiece" sometime this fall and currently have a few live recordings up on their MySpace page. Obits are also planning a few yet-to-be-announced East coast shows, but there is no word if any will find them playing on Canadian soil.

Obits "Two Headed Coin” (live)