Drive Like Jehu Rick Froberg, The Band Singer, Passes Away At Age 55

Eric “Rick” Froberg, a seasoned San Diego musician and visual artist best known for his work as the guitarist and lead vocalist with the band Drive Like Jehu, has p@ssed away, a bandmate has confirmed. He was 55.

According to guitarist John Reis’ Instagram post last night (Friday), Rick p@ssed away unexpectedly from natural causes. “His works of art improved life. He loved his buddies even more than he loved music and the arts. He will consistently be recognized for his imagination, foresight, and capacity to infuse the world with beauty. Greetings, Rick. For the rest of my life, I will miss you.

Longtime Encinitas resident Froberg, born in Los Angeles, played with Reis in several San Diego bands, including Pitchfork and Hot Snakes. Froberg also performed separately with the groups Last of the Juanitas, Thingy, and Obits.

RIP Rick Froberg:

He is credited with “bringing the knotty, overdriven sound of math rock into the mainstream,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Froberg produced record art, promotional artwork, and product designs for each of his bands, as well as for Reis’ band Rocket from the Crypt and the Swami Records label.

The Trash Lamb Gallery in San Diego’s South Park neighbourhood hosted a show of posters Froberg made for the area’s underground music scene in 2022 called “Let My People Go: Art and Illustration 1988 to Present.”

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Rick Fork and Rick Farr were other aliases used by Froberg, who contributed to more than 20 albums. 2018 saw the release of “Jericho Sirens” with Hot Snakes, his most recent album.

Although his band Obits disbanded in 2015, the live CD “Die At the Zoo” was published in 2021. While the band was on tour, it was recorded in Brisbane, Australia, in 2012.

Froberg updated his Instagram account with several new pictures of himself two weeks ago and informed followers, “Hot Snakes, by the way, is working on a new record – very nearly done – so look out.”

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