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Editors’ Notes

New York’s Obits were barely out of the starting gate when Sub Pop snagged them for a deal, and after a brilliant 7” single in 2008, the quartet’s debut full-length, I Blame You, hit the streets. It’s fair to slap a garage tag onto these guys right off the top, with Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes) and Sohrab Habibion (Edsel) delivering their lean ’n’ mean double guitar assault with gusto, up against nail-gun drums and occasional doses of reverb and vintage punk energy (“Widow of My Dreams” is especially redolent of New York circa 1978). Rather than simply going full-throttle garage-rock without easing up on the pedal (“Pine On,” “Talking to the Dog”), the Obits tinker with a varied toolbox:  “Fake Kinkade” races with a Motorik-inspired pulse, “Two Headed Coin” and “I Blame You” percolate into foaming, surf-rock tunes, and “Light Sweet Crude” is scented with the pungent sweat of Iggy Pop. Their take on the well-worn classic “Milk Cow Blues” is muscular and foreboding, which is rather tidy way of summing up the whole thrilling collection.

Customer Reviews

Not too Bad

I like their version of "Milk Cow Blues", even if it doesn't have Joe Perry on backup vocals.

Nice One.

Widow of my Dreams: Best track of 2009. This record is recorded the way all records should be. Live in the same room as a band with good equipment. This is a real record. Thank you OBITS!

The More You Listen, The More You'll Like It

This album is what they call a "grower" -- the first couple of times I listened to it, I thought it was OK but not remarkable. But a couple of songs got stuck in my ear, I gave it a few more spins and now its one of my recent favorites. Great guitar interplay, the rhythm section is tight and they kick hard, and the songs get better the longer you let them sink in. Great stuff, give 'em a try.


Formed: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Delivering taut, straightforward rock & roll with sharply interwoven guitar lines, muscular rhythms, and a melodic sense that splits the difference between indie rock and garage-influenced punk, Brooklyn, New York's the Obits are a band with an impressive pedigree -- guitarist and vocalist Rick Froberg was previously a member of Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes, while fellow guitarist and singer Sohrab Habibion is a veteran of Washington, D.C. indie rockers Edsel. After the breakup of Hot Snakes in...
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