Bobaflex's latest record, Eloquent Demons, is the follow up to 2015's Anything That Moves. This is the second album to feature Dave Tipple and Jymmy Tolland and the first album to be released on Thermal Entertainment LLC.
The band was originally signed by Eclipse Records to release their first full length album Primitive Epic. the band went on to TvT Records where they released two albums in Apologize for Nothing (2005) and Tales From Dirt Town (2007). label went bankrupt in 2009.
The band decided to go the independent route and started their own label, BFX Records in 2010 in order to control their own destiny. They released an EP in 2010 called Chemical Valley. With the exception of a re-recorded version of 2007's Home, all the songs on the EP would become part of their full release in 2011 Hell In My Heart which featured 16 songs and their top selling single to date Bury Me With My Guns On and their very popular cover of Sound Of Silence (Simon-Garfunkel). Hell In My Heart was followed in 2013 with Charlatans Web which included the single I'm Glad You're Dead their most successful song at radio in their history.
Bobaflexs tireless ethos has also carried into their live shows and touring schedule. Having played all lower 48 states over the last 7 years, they have played 100+ shows every year including a record setting 154 in 2016. This constant schedule has crafted the band into one of the tightest and real live Rock n' Roll bands in the country.
Shaun and Martin McCoy--yeah, those McCoys--founded the band’s first incarnation, a slashing, hard-charging metal outfit that released three records and toured the planet from one side to the other, culminating with a high-profile slot on Megadeth’s Gigantour in 2005 and their breakthrough release, Apologize for Nothing.
Their follow-up, Tales from Dirt Town, saw the band incorporate hard-hitting classic rock elements into their already-menacing sonic attack, entering that elusive sweet spot between heavy metal and melodic rock. Just as mainstream radio and a legion of new fans latched on to the Bobaflex joyride, troubles at their label, TVT Records, drew dark clouds over their once-limitless future.
In 2009, TVT finally did its best impersonation of the Titanic, and worse, it looked like Bobaflex might be chained to the hull. After prolonged legal wrangling, the band freed themselves from the wreckage, finding themselves back at the starting point after over a decade of shaping their legacy. Like their infamous ancestors, the McCoy boys and their bandmates grit their teeth and got back down to business, starting their own label and heading into the studio to self-produce what has become their defining musical statement. With Hell in My Heart, Bobaflex have risen from the ashes of a dead label to deliver not simply their best album, but one of the best rock albums of 2011.
Hell In My Heart is a muscular, hard rock beat down full of paint-peeling guitars, machine gun drums and horn-throwing, singalong choruses. Criminally-talented lyricists, all band members (Shaun McCoy--guitar, vocals; Martin McCoy--guitar, vocals; John Hoskins--guitar, vocals; Jerod Mankin--bass, vocals; Tommy Johnson--drums), contribute to the songwriting process, hammering them into a series of true stories-turned-rock songs that began storming onto top ten lists as soon as the album squinted into the light of day.
“Bury Me With My Guns On” sets a swaggering, unapologetic tone with the story of a man so hardened by life that he demands that he be buried with his guns on so he can challenge his Creator to a gunfight.
“Chemical Valley,” a punishing anthem full of steroidal guitars and supersonic rhythms, takes on the influx of drugs and cancerous agents seeping into the hills of their hometown in the hills of West Virginia. “Slave” is a filthy, snarling rocker with a chorus that gathers energy like a supernova, while cuts like “Vampire,” “Low Life” and “Hate You” showcase the band’s knack for mature, polished songwriting without sacrificing the rage and energy that make their live shows so exciting.
Beyond the hooks, melodies and power is the band’s secret ingredient--their stunning three-part harmony that plays out with unrestrained majesty in their must-hear cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence.” So dead on is the song’s intro that you wonder if indeed you’re hearing the original, until the guitars crash in, momentum swirls and the fury of Bobaflex drives the song into ecstasy.
In the wake of Hell in My Heart, Bobaflex have toured the eastern US and continued to conquer radio playlists literally from one coast to the other. With an aggressive summer touring schedule, including an appearance at Rock on the Range, 2012 is the launch point for a breakout year. Of course, slowing down is not an option, and as you read these words, the band are already working on new material. Because no matter how bad or how good things get, Bobaflex never stop fighting.