Rick Froberg, Singer of Clever Depth, Is Useless at 55

Eric Gerald Froberg was born on Jan. 19, 1968, in Santa Monica, Calif., to Eric and Sylvia (Phillips) Froberg. His father, a enterprise guide and entrepreneur, legally modified the Swedish household identify from Froberg to Farr in 1979; Mr. Froberg used the ancestral surname professionally, although he typically signed his art work “Rick Farr” or “Rick Fork.”

His dad and mom divorced quickly after his start, and he by no means had a relationship along with his start mom, who died in 1992. His father married Lynne Wacker, a gross sales coaching supervisor for Hooked on Phonics, in 1973. The household lived in Glendale and Playa del Rey earlier than transferring to Carlsbad when Mr. Froberg was 8. He lived primarily within the North County space of San Diego till he moved to Brooklyn.

He married Amelia Halverson in 2003. They divorced in 2015. Along with Ms. Neubacher, he’s survived by his father, his stepmother and three youthful brothers, Christopher, Justin and Gregory.

In 1999 Mr. Reis fashioned a brand new band, Sizzling Snakes. Dissatisfied along with his personal vocals, he despatched a cassette to Mr. Froberg, who agreed to hitch despite the fact that they lived on completely different coasts. In distinction to Drive Like Jehu’s distortion, Sizzling Snakes favored a clear guitar sound and brief, environment friendly tunes, Mr. Reis mentioned, “letting Rick’s voice and the assault of the decide carry the ability.”

Mr. Froberg additionally sang and performed guitar from 2006 to 2015 within the Brooklyn band Obits, which launched three albums on Sub Pop. The identify was Mr. Froberg’s concept, mentioned Sohrab Habibion, Obits’ different guitarist, a touch upon ageism in music.

Painters, photographers and filmmakers can develop outdated, Mr. Habibion mentioned, “and jazz musicians and classical gamers are allowed to get lengthy within the tooth. However rock ’n’ roll is caught on this youth tradition rut, so we needed to place a stake within the floor and say that middle-aged folks might make rock music that was related, very important and worthy of being a part of the cultural dialog.”

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