Obits broke up (and not opening for Mudhoney); Sonny Vincent and Rocket From The Crypt releasing ‘Vintage Piss’
Bad news rock fans: Obits have called it quits. The band, that featured by Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes/etc’s Rick Froberg and Edsel’s Sohrab Habibion, let the world know via the above instagram, which said, “This bar is closed! We’ve succumbed, we’ve surrendered, we’re visiting Davy Jones’ Locker. Thanks for the grand time. Seriously. It was a gas.” Some thought maybe, given the date (4/1), it was in jest, but they then posted on Facebook:
In case the jokey-seeming dispatch on All Fools’ Day was confusing: OBITS IS DONE. We were lucky to have a good run. Thank you. Sincerely. And, not to worry, we’ll continue to post relevant garbage & photos of Sohrab’s cat.
Well that’s a bummer. Obits were to have opened for Mudhoney at The Bell House in July but they’re no longer playing. That’s all she wrote. Guys we’ll miss you. Stream Obits’ three albums they made for Sub Pop below.
Froberg, who’s back in San Diego these days, will be playing Coachella with the back-in-action Drive Like Jehu. Sohrab, meanwhile, has a new band in the works. Stay tuned.
In other Drive Like Jehu related band news, Rocket From the Crypt (who have some shows coming up) teamed with Sonny Vincent 11 years ago. Recordings they made at the time were never released, but will now see the light of day on April 28 through Swami Records.
Vintage Piss is the baby whose seed was planted on the 2003 Rocket From The Crypt US tour, which also paired some members of the band with legendary 1970s New York outta control rock ‘n’ roller Sonny Vincent. After the Swami release of Vincent’s previous band Testors’ Complete Discography, Speedo (John Reis), Ruby Mars (Mario Rubalcaba) and The Notorious ND (Andy Stamets) served as the man’s backing band and slashed through his Testors repertoire resulting in a primo barrage of 1970s neo-proto-punk.
After one particularly meaty performance in Chicago amidst high fives and ass slaps signifying a job well done, the inspiration to write and record new songs struck. Back in San Diego, late 2003, the group incubated in Drag Racist Studio (where Rocket From The Crypt recorded Live From Camp X-Ray and Hot Snakes Suicide Invoice). They employed a steam-of-consciousness approach to making noise by recording songs and ideas live in the studio without rehearsal. With Vincent’s voice and blazing, James Williamson-esque Les Paul attack leading the way, the band followed him into the punk abyss, emerging with a record that is both Sonny Vincent and Rocket From The Crypt. Unfortunately, the studio and Swami Records became buried by transition. It was to be the last thing recorded at Drag Racist before the studio shut its doors. The recording lay dormant, unmixed and unfinished.
With the 2013 reformation of Rocket From the Crypt and the continued rerelease of Sonny Vincent and Testors material, a rekindled interest in the lost artifact of rock ‘n’ roll led Swami to revisit these masters eleven years later. Tapes in various state of degradation were baked and restored to playability, resulting in the unearthing of a true forgotten gem. Produced and recorded by John Reis, mixed by Ben Moore, mastered by Dave Gardner at Magneto Mastering and featuring artwork by savage visionary Chris WeThreeClub, Vintage Piss is essential for fans of Rocket From The Crypt, Sonny Vincent, Testors and those attracted to the maverick, Cro-Magnon spirit of punk rock’s beginnings.
You can check out the tracklist below.
Vintage Piss tracklist
2. Through My Head
4. Pick Up The Slack
5.It’s Not Your Fault
6. Her Hand
1. Talking Trash
3. They Say You Are Crazy
4. Sharp Knife
5. Daily Procedure
6. Something I Gotta Do
7. Vintage Piss