who says that rock n roll is dead ain't listening to the right bands.
In a time when everyone is watching what they say in fear of
from folks who spend way too much time on social media, you've got rock
bands out there that are letting it all hang out in a way that's gonna
get them some backlash from this group of people or that group of
people, and a band like BOBAFLEX is leading the pack. Truth be told,
these guys have been in the game since the turn of the century, so
talking over seventeen years-plus of sex, drugs and the very music
everyone claims is dead. There is is no posing here. The rabble-rousing
is genetic. The band's founders - the brothers McCOY (lead singer MARTY
and guitarist SHAUN) are direct descendants of the McCOY family famed
for their epic feud with the HATFIELDS back in the 19th century. Family
history aside, the band BOBAFLEX have proven time and time again that
they are survivors in a music business that's been pumping everything
it's got into pop tarts and pretty boys instead of anything with balls
attached to it. A testimonial to the band's fighting spirit is their
latest album ELOQUENT DEMONS.
idea that a good thing can't be rushed is a common sentiment, but in
case of ELOQUENT DEMONS, one must throw up their hands and say whatever
works. And all of it works. This album has the makings of what
could be the band's finest hour. They've shown us that they have
respect for the rock n roll that has come before with their cover of
PINK FLOYD's HEY YOU and now they are showing everyone what a potent
rock n roll force they are on their own with their latest single - the
prophetic LONG TIME COMING. These men have sold their souls to rock n
roll and now it's time to pay up, and the thunderous single doesn't
disappoint with it's bombastic, ZEPPELIN-esque riff, monsterous back
beat and curious five-part vocal harmony breakdown. So far,
out for the album has garnered some positive reviews from all of the
press that truly matters in rock and a #2 placing on
rock/heavy metal charts. No matter how many ways GENE SIMMONS wants to
say it, this rock n roll business doesn't sound quite dead to us.
had a chance to speak with BOBAFLEX's front man MARTY McCOY regarding
the the new release. Here is how the interview went.
guys have just started this tour of yours. Have there been any dates
that have stood out for you goes so far? Last
night, we did a show at the legendary MACHINE SHOP in Flint, Michigan.
I've always loved playing there. The night before that, we had our CD
release party in Columbus, Ohio and it was phenomenal. So far so good.
The touring has been amazing so far.
the release of ELOQUENT DEMONS has been getting some positive notices.
How do you feel about the reaction that the album has been receiving so
pretty happy. We've had our share of bad reviews
in the past and right now I'm just waiting on the bad one. I haven't
it yet. The record was a lot of fun to make. I think we nailed it. I
really feel like we've got something good this time.
been a couple of years since the release of your last album ANYTHING
THAT MOVES. I imagine you had plenty of time write the songs for this
truth is we hardly had anytime to to work on this
album. Our manager DOUG called us up after we had done 175 shows and
told us that we needed a record by August 25th. We were like "Uh,
okay!" So we got to work, but it was an easy record to make. It
happened very fast.
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I love the title of the album. What suggested it? SHAUN
came up with the name of the album. We always come up with the name
then we get a sense of direction for the album . ELOQUENT DEMONS is
about all of us. We're all nice guys but we have our own
We can get a little crazy with alcohol or sex. That was what started
the whole thing . Once we had title and the concept figured out, the
came forth really fast. It was bizarre. Some of the songs wrote
themselves. Like the song REAL SADNESS. It was all of us in a room
looking at each other and singing lyrics that we hadn't written down
yet. But we were singing together, at the same time, all at once. It
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the artwork for the cover is right out of MARVEL comics. Who did the
was a guy named KYLE HOTZ . He's from Columbus, Ohio but he's really
big in the comic book world. My brother reached out to him to do the
cover and what you see is his first draft. He asked me what I thought
of it and I said "Put it on the album, it's done!"
in the music video for the single LONG TIME COMING, I notice a slight
nod to QUEEN's BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. At least in one frame of it. Is this
true or am I just seeing things? You
are totally correct. When we did that cover of HEY YOU by PINK FLOYD,
we decided to go for the POMPEII look in the video, which we thought
would be clever and all of the PINK FLOYD fans got it . For this album,
we want each video for this record to give a subtle nod back
our heroes rather than beat you over the head with it. It's like an
Easter egg in a MARVEL movie. We just want to give a nod to the people
who inspired us to do what we do. The decision to give a nod to
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY was inspired by the five part harmony in LONG TIME
COMING, which everyone in the band sang on. It made us think
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the business side
of things, I see that you guys are now working with KYLE FAVORS of
THERMAL ENTERTAINMENT. I've known those guys for years. Describe what
it's liking working with them. I've
known KYLE FAVORS for many years. He is a great guy and his
RONDA is an amazing person. She's like a family member. She reminds me
of people I grew up with my whole life. They are wonderful people.
We've worked with DOUG for a long time. For years we were doing the
independent thing which is great. This time we were trying to do
something a little different. We wanted to see what THERMAL
ENTERTAINMENT could do with it and so far, so good. They are really
hitting it out of the park. KYLE gets this band and when we have
meetings with him, he'll bring up points that I never thought of.
He is very smart, genuine and trustworthy and you don't find
a lot on this business. He's got it all, baby doll!
single do you guys see as being the follow up to LONG TIME COMING? My
favorite song on the record is SAY WHAT YOU WILL but it's looking like
OFF WITH YOUR HEAD is the crowd favorite. This record came out Friday
and ever since then, we've been hearing from the fans in text messages
and postings that OFF WITH YOUR HEAD is the song
people keep going back to. So I think that song is going to be
band of true road dogs but there are people who could never imagine
putting up with all of the minuses that go along with living a life on
the road. How do you deal with this whole experience? I
everything about it from breaking down at the side of the
playing in front of 10,000 people. I love everything damn thing about
it. It's hard on people. Especially when they are missing people at
home. For me, it's all I've ever done. What terrifies me is being
normal. What if I have to go to a job I hate every single day. What if
I have a wife who hates my guts and I hate her guts. That is what
terrifies me. Everyday on the road I feel blessed to travel from city
to city and see the world and meet people. It's pretty amazing. The
total opposite of that is what terrifies me.
is the rest of the band holding up these days? They're
doing great. It helps when you're not doing heroin or coke and stuff.
For the most part, it's been really sane. If you're going to be forty
feet from someone for six months at a time, you've gotta be a pretty
cool person . You can't complain because someone got a bigger piece of
pizza than you did. We're all pretty laid back. We've also got an
awesone crew. If it wasn't for them, we couldn't do any of this. The
band is holding up great. Our drummer TOMMY was built to do this. He
loves every second of it. He's excited to simply go into GUITAR CENTER
and buy new cables or go to the gas station and get batteries for the
wireless. Every in and out of it.
"roll with the punches" approach to being a band on the road constantly
must have come from having it rough before forming BOBAFLEX. Yes.
I've worked real jobs and it sucks. I went to college and was in the
military for a little while. Basic training taught me that this band
thing is easy. Sure, you gotta drive ten hours. Sure, you gotta be up
late but no one is shooting at you or screaming in your face. It's a
pretty sweet deal.
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ELOQUENT DEMONS, what songs stand out for you the most and why? SAY
WHAT YOU WILL of course. And I also like I AM A NIGHTMARE. I really
love the intro. My brother SHAUN was the one who did the whole demon
political rally thing. It turned out so cool. He wrote that whole
speech and we worked it out in the studio with the sound of this
massive crowd screaming. NIGHTMARE is a great song. Every song on this
album, I feel, could hold it's own on radio, but a band always feels
that way, I think. LONG TIME COMING is great. So is LIGHTS OUT and SAY
WHAT YOU WILL. Everybody in the band is picking a different favorite.
the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about rock n roll
being dead and a lot of that talk has been coming from rockers like
GENE SIMMONS. You are in a rock band that is doing very well and
playing almost ever night. What do you have to say about this? I
stood and saw METALLICA play for 75,000 people at ROCK THE RANGE. I
don't think it's dead by any means. We're getting ready to play
Wisconsin. Last year 15,000 people showed up. Shows like ROCK THE RANGE
and ROCKLAHOMA are proof that rock n roll is not dead. I'll admit that
it's not like it once was, but you've got bands like NOTHING TO WORRY ,
RED TIDE RISING and ROYAL BLOOD . You've also got a lot of bands coming
out of Ohio. Ohio is like what Los Angeles used to be for
without the awesome weather in the winter time. fourteen-hundred people
in Columbus came to see us play and bought our record. It reached #2 on
the AMAZON ROCK CHARTS and #15 in the OVERALL ACTION CHARTS the day it
came out. Rock n roll doesn't look dead to me. TAYLOR SWIFT put out a
record the same day and we got #15 on that chart. If it's dead,
it's ghost is haunting the hell out of everybody.
ELOQUENT DEMONS behind you guys, what is next for you musically? We
just off the whirlwind of getting this album together. Right now
we're in the middle of soundchecks and working out the songs live. In
the middle of all of this, we've decided that we are going to start
writing immediately for the new record for the next album. We want to
take our time. We want to write a lot and pick through which songs we
want and not be so stressed out. We're gonna start writing immediately.
We already have some cool ideas. This last album happened so fast that
there was no worry or concern about what people were going to think or
if radio was going to play it. Nobody gave a shit. We thought "Let's
write music and whatever happens, happens! Let's have a good time and
make ourselves happy and write what we want to write!" It's turned out
so good for us. People are liking it. That "I don't give a shit
attitude" is something we need in rock n roll right now, and I'm ready
to fly the flag for it.
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