After several years of being dragged through the proverbial mud, in the wake of former record label TVT’s bankruptcy, West Virginia rockers, Bobaflex are ready to resume their careers. When TVT records went belly up nearly half a decade ago, the band, its catalog of music, and even the name were all thrown in limbo. Brothers, founders, guitarists and co-lead vocalists, Shawn and Marty McCoy were up to their asses in attorney alligators and legal fees. It was not until vocalist/guitarist Marty watched a show on Tom Petty, who went through a similar battle, that he found the tool to regain the band’s balls.
The quintet is rounded out by guitarist Chris Grogan and the rhythm section of bassist Jerod Mankin and drummer Tommy Johnson. Bobaflex released an EP in 2010 to tide fans over until the band could release its beast of a return, Hell In My Heart, this summer. The album is the band’s first full-length for its own BFX Records (with Megaforce). The disc features 16 tracks, including nine new songs, four remastered tracks from the 2010 EP, and a live version of “Pretty Razors” from the band’s 2007 release, Tales From The Dirt. Mankin even steps up to sing some lead on this record too.
Hell In My Heart is a massive middle-finger to the industry and its prehistoric ways, and a slab of feel-good ballsy blues-based rock and roll. The first single, “Bury Me With My Guns” is eating up the airwaves, and the momentum is just picking up. Marty McCoy says the band is already recording a follow-up for a potential late fall 2012. They are wasting no time making up for lost time.
Bobaflex is back home for a Thanksgiving show before jumping straight back on the road for more relentless touring, including a slate of dates with their friends in Royal Bliss.
While the guys were taking an off day to relax in upstate New York, I caught up with Marty for a conversation about how the band has rebounded from the last few years and why it left him with a little hell in his heart. We talked about the new album, the music industry, influences, touring, Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd, and the band that started it all, the River Bottom Nightmare Band.
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