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Powered by Audioscrobbler™Obits were an American rock band formed in 2006 in Brooklyn, New York. The band members are veterans of other independent rock bands: Guitarist/vocalist Rick Froberg was previously a member of Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, and Hot Snakes, and guitarist Sohrab Habibion was a member of Edsel. The band has released four singles and three albums, I Blame You (2009), Moody, Standard and Poor (2011) and Bed and Bugs (2013).

Obits formed after singer/guitarist Rick Froberg returned to New York in 2005 following the breakup of the Hot Snakes.[1] In 2006 he began writing new material and rehearsing with drummer Scott Gursky of Shortstack and guitarist Sohrab Habibion, formerly of Edsel.[1][2] They rehearsed with a third guitar player, but instead added bassist Greg Simpson.[1] Obits made their live debut on January 12, 2008 at a club on New York's Lower East Side called the Cake Shop.[1][3] A bootleg recording of the show circulated on the internet, and the band posted two of the songs from this recording on their MySpace profile for listening.[1][2] The recordings caught the attention of Sub Pop A&R representative Chris Jacobs, who invited them to perform at the label's twentieth anniversary festival in Seattle that summer.[1] Obits signed to Sub Pop shortly after, but released their debut single "One Cross Apiece" / "Put It in Writing" on their own Stint Records imprint.[1][2]

The band's debut album I Blame You was released by Sub Pop on March 24, 2009.[1][2] Explaining the length of time between the band's formation and recording, Froberg explained that "We wanted to take a, not a relaxed approach, but we wanted to take our time. We weren't in a hurry. We didn't know what would be the result. We didn't know if we were going to put records out. We just wanted to make something happen. We're pleased with what's gone on so far. It's been pretty cool. We try to keep things slow-paced."[4] Critical reception to the album was generally positive, with Allmusic reviewer Mark Deming stating that "if I Blame You isn't going redefine the way we look at rock & roll, it confirms that the word on these guys wasn't wrong — the Obits are a very good band", but also noting that "the Obits might just have the stuff to save rock & roll, or at least keep it off life support for a while, but as good as I Blame You may be, they're going to have to get their songwriting chops in order before they can really finish the job."[2] Jason Crock of Pitchfork Media compared the album to Froberg's past bands, stating that "while there's evidence of growth here, there's not enough change to alienate fans. If they can appreciate a little less mania and a little more melody, I Blame You will be a comfortable fit" and calling it "probably Froberg's most melodic and diverse record."[5]

A second single, "I Can't Lose" / "Military Madness", was released April 18, 2009 in conjunction with the Record Store Day event.[6] Obits toured North America's east coast in April and west coast in May of that year.[7] Obits' second album, Moody, Standard and Poor, was released March 29, 2011, and the band toured the United States' Midwest and East Coast, including playing the 2011 South by Southwest festival.[8][9] Froberg hopes that, unlike his previous bands, Obits will have more longevity: "Since we're getting older maybe we can grow old into this music. We'll see."[10] Scott Gursky left Obits in May 2011 and has been temporarily replaced on tour by Girls Against Boys drummer Alexis Fleisig.[11]

The third Obits album, Bed and Bugs, was released on September 10, 2013[12]

1. Deming, Mark. "Obits biography". Allmusic.
2. Deming, Mark. "Review: I Blame You". Allmusic.
3. Strickler, Yancey. "Obits: Cake Shop". 17 Dots.
4. Schild, Matt (2009-03-23). "Pushing Forward Back". Aversion.com.
5. Crock, Jason. "Review: I Blame You". Pitchfork Media.
6. Swain, L. "Record Store Day -- Sub Pop Style". Sub Pop.
7. "Upcoming Shows". Obitsurl.com.
8. "Obits: Moody, Standard and Poor". Sub Pop.
9. Yancey, Bryne (2011-02-15). "Obits announce Moody, Standard and Poor". Punknews.org.
10. Khanna, Vish (April 2009). "Obits are Reborn". Exclaim!.
11. Yancey, Bryne (2011-05-30). "Scott Gursky leaves Obits". Punknews.org.
12. "Sub Pop Records : Obits : Bed & Bugs". Subpop.com. 2010-04-17.
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