Obits are accomplished indie rock veterans from previous rock groups such as Drive Like Jehu, Edsel, Hot Snakes, and Pitchfork. In this case, most notably is lead guitar/vocalist Rick Froberg, who starred as lead vocalist and guitars from Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, and as lead vocalist of Pitchfork. Come into Moody, Standard and Poor expecting to hear Froberg wailing and screeching like he once did for Hot Snakes or with the raw hardcore punk tones of Drive Like Jehu, and be disappointed.
Moody, Standard and Poor is a thrashy blues-driven garage rock record. It is more straight and to the point than anything Froberg has on his resume. Each song exhibits a more standard rock structure while the guitars provide the gritty and energetic blues riffs that are signature of Obits’ style.
The first three tracks are a delightful opening to the record. They are fiery slick and they lead the listener to hope for a standout rock album. However, the album manages to fall off the mark with too many songs that lack specialty. The biggest disappointment is Moody’s lack of dynamics. The most dynamic track is “New August.” It’s a good song that is able to showcase gritty blues behind Obits’ sound. Unfortunately it is not a showcase for the whole record. The best track on the record must be the brashy bad attitude rock jam “No Fly List.” Here, Froberg’s vocals find a sort of delightful angst reminiscent of some of his better works.
There are folks that will enjoy this record for sure. After all, Obits do the bluesy garage rock sound well on this record. The album is good, and thankfully Moody, Standard and Poor won’t be turning anyone away from anything Froberg has already done previously.