It’s been at least five years since Bobaflex came to Baltimore. So, when I was given the opportunity to speak to Marty McCoy (guitar, vocals), I jumped. Bobaflex has changed quite a bit since Baltimore last saw them, and I wanted to know what they were up to after hearing their latest album, Anything That Moves.
Shockwave: Hey, Marty, this is Christie with Shockwave Magazine. How are you?
Marty: Hey! Doing pretty good, pretty good. Just driving, driving.
Where ya headed?
We’re doing something in Wisconsin this week, then we’re headed to Minnesota, South Dakota, and then we come back to Wisconsin to do Rock Fest.
When are you coming back to Baltimore?
Soon. Our album comes out the 17th, then our last show on this run is the 19th, then we’ll start to hit the north east.
Last time I saw you guys was five years ago in Baltimore at Bourbon St. It’s been entirely too long.
It has, it’s a big country out there.
It sure is. So, you guys have come a very long way since the last time I saw you.
Well, thank you very much.
You’re welcome. I love your old stuff, but I just listened to Anything That Moves, and all I can say is, “Wow!”
Right on, right on!
Did you guys have fun making that album?
Absolutely. It was the most fun I’ve had making a record. It was a blast. We actually had a budget, and got to rent the studio out and got to hang out in there 24 hours a day, and do a record like we wanted to. It was great. The last record was kinda like that, too. But a lot of times, it’s like, “Go, go, go, we’re running out of time and money!” We really got to work on stuff this time. Everybody in the band was totally focused and all on the same page, and that’s hard to do. It was a lot of fun.
How did you manage to get everyone on the same page?
I don’t know, sobering up had a lot to do with it, and we have a couple new members that we hadn’t written a record with before. Our bass player, Jerod, left the band and wanted to go home, which is understandable. We have a new guitar player, Dave, who’s been in the band 2-3 years now, so he’s not really new, but he hadn’t written with us before. New guys, everyone was excited and their excitement got us veterans more excited and it was just really cool. We went in a room, locked the door, and stayed in there until the album was done.
That’s awesome. It’s kind of amazing.
Absolutely! It’s so much fun. Being an independent band, no record label, nobody tells us what to do. We produce our own records, with our good friend Joe out of Columbus, OH, who’s been working with us for years, and we just do whatever we want. It’s a great feeling.
I was wondering about being on the road. I remember for awhile, you had some vehicle problems.
Yeah! We had a bus that was amazing. It was the coolest thing ever. Bus driver, tour manager and everything. It was great. Then all of the sudden, in the middle of CO, in the highest point of the roadway in the United States, our engine blew apart and was totally finished. So, we got back in the van we bought in 2007, and cut the crew back. That’s another thing, with everyone being on the same page. We all started doing everything ourselves again instead of having the big crew, and we realized quickly, the reason we do this is because we love music and the reason we’ll drive all night is because we wanna be at the show to play music that we wrote together. Everything else can go by the wayside. The main reason we’re here is because we enjoy playing music together and writing songs and creating this Bobaflex thing. So it kinda got us back to the basics. I don’t love it, but it’s a blessing in disguise. It was like, “Alright guys, open up your eyes, sober up and get back to what got you here and what you love,” and that’s playing music together and playing for people who enjoy our songs.
I wish more bands and people thought like you guys. If you don’t love it, and if it’s not fun anymore, if it’s about the money, you shouldn’t be doing it.
I agree. It’s not about the money. If it was about the money I’d have been a doctor. We’re at the point now that we are making money, and it’s great. But we’ve gone years without making money, splitting dollar cheeseburgers just to be able to play music. Now we’re at the point where we’re living comfortably, and things are going well. We’re so blessed and so happy to be in this position, and we’re not going to let anything get in the way of us being able to do this until we just don’t want to do it anymore. I’ve had other jobs. This is the greatest job in the world and I don’t see it ever stopping.
Do you really view it as a job, though?
I’ve never worked a day in my life! That’s what it feels like. To be able to get up at eight in the morning and your friends are going off to jobs that they hate, and my only complaint is that I have to go play guitar all day and sing, it’s just awesome. But you do have to treat it like a job. It’s a business. Pretty much, when I explain to people, it’s kind of like being in a traveling construction company. Instead of building a basement every day or laying bricks, we set up a stage and we play. We get to hang out with fans and have a blast, but it’s like a construction company. It’s pretty structured at this point. It’s us and a sound guy. Everybody has a job, and they do their job very well, and we’re having a blast!
Do you prefer to be in the studio or on the road?
I like them both. I prefer to come straight off the road and go into the studio. I hate days off. If I’m not doing something with music all day, every day, I feel pretty useless. So, I’ll go into the studio when I’m off and produce other band’s records, or I’ll go to the studio and just clean up or see if anybody needs anything. I like to be around it at all times. Playing live is amazing. I love it so much. It’s like a big adrenaline shot in the neck. I need it every night. But if I’m not doing that, the studio is the next best thing.
Where’s your favorite place to play?
There are so many. I can’t wait to play Rock Fest. The singer from Nickelback had to have surgery, so Godsmack came in at the last second and saved the day, so I’m really excited to play Rock Fest. It’s going to be a huge event. But there are so many places in the country that are like a second home, and it’s hard to put my finger on one place.
We’ve toured as hard as we could go since 2001. Every night is like a family reunion. You leave one town, and there are all these friends that you’ve made over the years who have become family, and fans who have become family. Then you get to the next town, and it’s the same thing. So every day it’s a new set up, but with people you’ve known for years, and love and respect and can’t wait to see.
I certainly hope you guys are heading to Baltimore soon.
Absolutely! The thing that’s amazing about the Northeast is that rock and roll is still alive, and there are all kinds of cool rock clubs with great sound systems. It’s a great, great place. All the cities are close, the drives are short, and the food is awesome. I could eat seafood every day if it weren’t for the mercury poisoning.
Well, you guys drive safe, and thanks for talking to me. I hope to see you soon.
You will. We’re on our way.