“Learn to Relax, A Tribute to Jehu,” emerges not just as an anthology but as a reverent homage to the undying ethos of of the most inspiring and influential bands in post hardcore, the one and only Drive Like Jehu.
Released by Noise Real Records from Bakersfield, California, this compilation album, set for release on November 17, 2023, is a confluence of eight distinct bands, each contributing their essence to the towering legacy of Jehu, and particularly to Rick Froberg, whose recent passing lends a poignant gravity to the album. Today, we’re thrilled to give you an early stream of the album, along with some extra commentary from some of the artists involved.
Among the notable renditions is Thrice’s “Here Come the Rome Plows,” exclusive to vinyl listeners. The track, recorded by Teppei Teranishi at New Grass Studio and mixed by Scott Evans, showcases Dustin Kensrue and company’s dexterity in capturing Jehu’s raw, unvarnished energy while embedding their signature sound.
Sparta’s “Super Unison,” featuring Tucker Rule and Geoff Rickly, emerges as a collaborative tour de force. Recorded across multiple studios and mixed by Justin Martin, the track is a testament to the collaborative spirit that Jehu inspired across the genre.
“Bullet Train to Vegas” by Division of Laura Lee, self-recorded and mixed, stands as a heartfelt tribute to Froberg. Their statement, “Without Rick and his work, especially with Drive Like Jehu, our music simply wouldn’t exist,” encapsulates the deep influence Jehu had on their music, echoing in the raw textures and fervent rhythms of their contribution.
Further down, If It Kills You’s rendition of their eponymous track, featuring Sean Husick, resonates with genuine respect and admiration for Jehu. As they aptly put it, “Drive like Jehu’s raw energy was unmistakable and we will forever be grateful for Rick’s blessing on this project. We hope that we made him proud.”
Other tracks like “Do You Compute” by Ways Away, “Hand Over Fist” by Fotocrime, “New Math” by No Lights, and “Human Interest” by Spite House, each bring their unique interpretations, adding layers to this intricate homage.
No Lights’ tribute, “New Math,” stands out, not only musically but in their homage to Froberg: “Seeing Rick perform was always as captivating as it was humbling. His lyrics, guitar style, and overall presence was, and continues to be, a powerful inspiration.”
This compilation marks a canvas where each band paints their respect, grief, and inspiration drawn from Jehu and Froberg. It’s a mosaic of influences, a spectrum of styles that finds unity in diversity, all resonating with the indelible impact of Jehu’s artistry. A testament to the enduring influence of Drive Like Jehu and a heartfelt tribute to Rick Froberg, whose artistry continues to inspire and resonate within the realm of alternative rock and beyond.
Drive Like Jehu, an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, was active from 1990 to 1995.
The band was formed by Rick Froberg and John Reis, previously of Pitchfork, and included Mike Kennedy and Mark Trombino, both from Night Soil Man.
Known for their passionate singing, complex song structures, and intricate guitar playing, Drive Like Jehu contributed significantly to the evolution of hardcore punk into emo.
They released their self-titled debut in 1991 and their influential second album, “Yank Crime,” in 1994, gaining a cult following.
Despite their disbandment in 1995, the group’s impact on the post-hardcore and emo scenes remains evident, inspiring many artists in diverse genres.
Their unique sound and intense live performances left a lasting legacy in the underground music scene.