No Future: Year in Review 2009

No Future: Year in Review 2009
10. Obits I Blame You (Sub Pop)
Rick Froberg's bold mission for musical refinement is fully realized on this subtly sharp debut by Obits. The Drive Like Jehu co-founder might be renowned for writing long-form, prog-punk abstractions but, with each new venture, his songs are pointedly trim and taut. While Hot Snakes featured some smaller-scale, roaring, riff-pop, structurally Obits really get to the heart and essence of high energy, blues-rock. The genius of I Blame You, which some fans have missed, really stems from its detailed lyricism, the intricate guitar dynamics between Froberg and Sohrab Habibion, and the impassioned roar of the complete package.
Vish Khanna