Obits, ‘Moody Standard and Poor’ (Sub Pop)
Obits have been around the block, usually in an Econoline van, and they know what they like, tight-jeans rock be damned. There’s certainly nothing fashion-forward on their second album, and thank goodness. These indie lifers — led by ex-Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes frontdude Rick Froberg and Edsel’s Sohrab Habibion — rededicate themselves to the sound of Froberg’s gritty yell, backed by a no-bullshit rhythm section, and interlocking, almost clean guitars. The songs are powerfully wiry and declamatory (“You Gotta Lose,” “I Want Results”). Pivotal question: “Are you reborn?” Answer: Oh yes.