Rick Froberg (who would sometimes use the stage name Rick Farr or Rick Fork) formed Pitchfork with future Rocket From the Crypt mainman John Reis while the two of them were teens. As an aspiring visual artist and illustrator, Froberg provided most of the band's artwork, while Reis developed his studio skills by acting as producer on their records.
“[John was a] cool guy with cool friends. Had a band. [We met at] Mariner’s Point Anarchy Picnic, 1986. I think we both liked RKL and Mystic releases — Don’t No, Dr. Know, Rat Pack, Manifest Destiny. But I turned him on to Blood Lake. John taught me to dress well. I see him all the time. Hot Snakes just did a bunch of shows.”
After Pitchfork's demise in 1990, Froberg and Reis were joined by Mike Kennedy on bass and Mark Trombino on drums to form Drive Like Jehu. The band shared musical similarities with Pitchfork but also exhibited significant changes: Froberg would now play guitar as well as sing, adding a second guitar to Reis's lead. Kennedy and Trombino also brought with them a progressive rock influence from their previous band Night Soil Man. Trombino developed his studio skills by acting as producer and engineer for most of Drive Like Jehu's recordings, while Froberg acted as the band's artist and illustrator, creating artwork for their albums and merchandise.
Froberg and Reis also teamed up for Hot Snakes, who were active from 1999 to 2005 (as well as playing reunion shows in 2010 through 2013). The Hot Snakes tune “This Mystic Decade” can be heard on the soundtrack of the Grand Theft Auto V video game, released in Autumn 2013. After around twenty years as a San Diegan, including a stint with the band Thingy, Froberg relocated to Brooklyn, New York City, and cofounded Obits in 2006 with former Edsel guitarist Sorab Habibion.