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Obits:: I Blame You (Album Review)

Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, Edsel. They passed away peacefully years ago and got reincarnated as straight-ahead indie garage rock band Obits. In the hands of Jehu/Hot Snakes’ Rick Froberg and Edsel’s Sohrab Habibion, it’s Hot Snakes’ sound that most notably lives on. And hype suggests good old rock ’n’ roll will live on in this band.

I Blame You is mean, raw and instrumentally tight, with splashes of surf and punk. Froberg and Habibion’s twangy guitars effectively interweave in highlights Fake Kinkade and Pine On. There’s also a fun cover of Kokomo Arnold’s Milk Cow Blues that’ll make you want to take a long, angry, post-breakup road trip to a beer-swillin’ ribfest.