Tone Report Weekly 179 - Page 30

Rick Froberg of Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, Obits There’s a line in the Hot Snakes song “Hatchet Job,” From 2004’s Audit in Progress, where Rick Froberg sings “You know I don’t know whether/it’s a job/or what I like.” For me this line neatly sums up the inherent dichotomy of trying to make a living making music. I can’t be sure if this was Froberg’s intent, but he is one man who would certainly know well the internal conflict involved with turning something you love into a job, because in addition to being one of post-hardcore’s 30 TONE TALK // most beloved and influential guitarists and vocalists, he also works a day job as an artist and illustrator. Whether it’s playing guitar or drawing, making art is how he makes money. He has designed album covers, posters, t-shirts and other merch for every band he has ever been in, as well as for other bands and record labels. He also shows fine art in galleries on occasion, and in daily life makes his living as a freelance illustrator. All in a Day’s Work: 6 Guitar Heros With Day Gigs Like Us