December 6, 2023
Rick Froberg performing in 2005. Photograph by Eliot Shepard through Wikimedia Commons

Veteran San Diego musician and visible artist Eric “Rick” Froberg, recognized for his work as guitarist and lead vocalist with the band Drive Like Jehu, has died, in accordance with a band mate. He was 55.

“Rick handed away instantly final evening (Friday) from pure causes, guitarist John Reis shared on Instagram. “His artwork made life higher. The one factor he liked greater than artwork and rock n roll was his mates. He’ll eternally be remembered for his creativity, imaginative and prescient and his skill to convey magnificence into this world. I really like you, Rick. I’ll miss you for the remainder of my life.”

Froberg, a longtime Encinitas resident, was born in Los Angeles and performed in a number of San Diego-based bands alongside Reis together with Pitchfork and Sizzling Snakes. Individually, Froberg additionally performed with the bands Final of the Juanitas, Thingy and Obits.

The Los Angeles Instances credited him with “taking the knotty, overdriven sound of math rock into the mainstream.”

As a visible artist and illustrator, Froberg created album artwork, promotional paintings and merchandise designs for all of his bands in addition to for Reis’ band Rocket from the Crypt and Swami Data label.

 In 2022, the Trash Lamb Gallery in San Diego’s South Park neighborhood featured an exhibition of posters Froberg created for the realm’s underground music scene titled “Let My Folks Go: Artwork and Illustration 1988 to Current.”

Froberg was additionally recognized by the pseudonyms Rick Fork and Rick Farr and carried out on greater than 20 albums. His final accomplished album, “Jericho Sirens” with Sizzling Snakes, was launched in 2018.

His group Obits broke up in 2015 however launched the dwell album “Die On the Zoo” in 2021. It was recorded in 2012 in Brisbane, Australia whereas the band was on tour.

Two weeks in the past on Instagram, Foberg posted a number of new pictures of himself and informed followers “Sizzling Snakes, by the way in which, is engaged on a brand new document – very close to carried out – so look out.”

Up to date at 9:53 a.m. July 2, 2023