The recent passing of Eric “Rick” Froberg stunned his family, friends, and legions of fans. The American musician and visual artist was a celebrated figure in the music industry, especially in the punk and alternative rock scenes. Despite his death, his musical contributions remain alive and well.
In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look into the life and career of Rick Froberg, from his early beginnings to his collaborations and musical achievements, and reflect on the legacy he left behind. Keep reading more.
Who was Rick Froberg?
Rick Froberg was born in January 1968 and grew up in San Diego, California. As a teenager, he was exposed to a variety of punk bands, which fueled his passion for music. In the late 1980s, he co-founded the band Pitchfork, where he played guitar and shared vocal duties with his bandmate, John Reis. The band quickly gained a following and was known for their aggressive, fast-paced sound. They went on to release two albums and an EP before disbanding in 1990.
About Rick Froberg Career:
Following Pitchfork’s breakup, Froberg and Reis formed the band Drive Like Jehu, which became one of the most influential post-hardcore bands of the 1990s. With Froberg on guitar and lead vocals, the band released two groundbreaking albums, Yank Crime and Drive Like Jehu, which showcased their unique blend of angular guitar riffs, intricate rhythms, and powerful vocals. Froberg’s lyrics, which tackled themes of alienation, isolation, and identity, also stood out.
In the early 2000s, Froberg formed Hot Snakes with Reis and several other musicians. The band’s music was more straightforward and aggressive than Drive Like Jehu, with Froberg’s vocals taking on a more urgent and intense quality. Hot Snakes released four albums and an EP during their career, with their most recent album, Jericho Sirens, released in 2018.
In addition to his work in Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, and Hot Snakes, Froberg also collaborated with other musicians, including his brother, Justin Froberg, in the band The Last of the Juanitas, and musician Rob Crow in the band Thingy. He also formed the band Obits, which released three albums between 2009 and 2013. With each project, Froberg showcased his versatility and creativity as a musician.
I just learned that the world lost Rick Froberg last night. He plays on so much of my favorite music. I’ve met him and talked to him several times, and he was very friendly towards me. This is a huge loss. This video is from 2018 and one of the many times I’ve seen the Hot Snakes. Rest in power, Rick.
What Was His Cause Of Death?
The music community was saddened by the news of Rick Froberg’s passing at the age of 55. His longtime bandmate John Reis announced the news on Instagram, stating that Froberg “passed away suddenly last night from natural causes.” Froberg was known for his artistry and love for rock and roll, but he cherished his friendships above all else. While his art brought joy to many, the cause of his death has yet to be determined. Regardless, his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those he touched with his talent.
Rick Froberg Obituary
Rick Froberg’s death is a big loss to the music world. His contributions and influence on the punk and alternative rock scenes cannot be overstated. His unique blend of intricate guitar work, powerful vocals, and thought-provoking lyrics inspired countless musicians and continues to do so. While the cause of Froberg’s death is unknown at this time, his legacy as a musician, artist, and collaborator lives on. Rest in peace, Rick Froberg.
Tributes Pours to Rick Froberg
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RIP Rick Froberg. Singer for Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes and Obits. Guitarist for all but the first aforementioned. I can’t convey how important this man was in my life as a musician. RIP and my condolences to his family, friends and band mates, past and present. I’m crushed. – Henry