Sometimes in life we feel overwhelmed with the chaos of the world around us. Do we pass on our lifelong dreams when someone crushes them? Do we lash out at others based on opinions and when personal tastes are not shared? Do we scoff at people who achieve the same things we haven’t gotten yet? Do we give up on life altogether and let the demons within consume us? Well, for some that overwhelming feeling motivates them. It pushes them further and harder than they ever thought was possible. Actually, for some, it seems their demons can be eloquent in their power and historical influence. Maybe for some, they just need to learn how to harness that power, and use it to their advantage. For one hard rock band, it seems they might have figured out how to do just that.
The band BOBAFLEX has a rich and varied history. Their path has been one full of disappointment and struggle on more than one occasion. No matter how original they thought they might be, they had the rug yanked out from under them by some of the biggest industry players. For most, that would have been the determining factor to either succumb to the plenitude of like-sounding bands in their segment, or to just throw in the towel altogether. For Bobaflex, it seemed to be a deep rooted drive to create, to say something, to vent, to use the good and bad for one sole purpose; to make great music!
“This is the greatest job on the planet.”
After grabbing the rock world’s attention in 2011 with a heavier cover of the song “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, the band Bobaflex made a statement they were not just another faceless band in the overpopulated hard rock genre. It was obvious the band had a rich foundation of 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s rock; but, they also have an appreciation for other genres of the music world, rarely admitted by a lot of bands nowadays. Other flavors of music have been on their radar for the sole reasons of artistry and content, rather than the music’s popularity or trendiness. That in itself speaks volumes about the band. Bobaflex is about the craft of music, the feeling it gives the listener. They seem to look past the fickle trends and possible backlash of the naysayers and focus on what moves them. That passion for the art of music can be felt in their past seven albums. Their craftsmanship and artistic value has a lot to do with the fact they still believe making music and being in a band is a gift. They feel lucky to be doing something they love so much as their job.
“I hate when people cover songs… and they just scream over these beautiful songs.”
Well, Bobaflex has taken on the task of making a new album, all the while doing it during their relentless touring schedules. This August the band will be dropping their latest collection of offerings steeped in classic rock formulas with a modern hard rock grit and bite. As before, this album is weighted heavily with personal experiences, good and evil. Even the title, “Eloquent Demons” is close to home for this group. It touches on the darkness that resides in everyone. Heavy topics of personal despair and suicide are approached with the track “Real Sadness,” while the song (and possibly their next single) “Long Time Coming” talks of faith, god and the afterlife. Also on this album is another masterful cover. This time the band entertained a personal favorite in the classic track “Hey You” by Pink Floyd. Unlike their previous cover hit, this offering stays a little closer to the original recording. That doesn’t mean the band didn’t put their own style on it though. Their interpretations are so subtle and go so well with the song itself, you will miss them if you don’t pay close attention. Regardless, this shows the full range of the group’s respect and control to not mess too much with a song that was pretty close to perfect to begin with. There is no need to butcher a classic just so you can say you are an individual.
I recently had the chance to talk with “one of the lead singers, one of the guitar players, singer-song writer, and producer” Marty McCoy about Bobaflex’s pilgrimage through the world of a touring band and creating music. Take a listen to our chat about smoking, working out, Nickelback, their new cover, tour dates, and the new forthcoming album. Remember though, following the masses on what you should like for a band or music is not popular… it’s just lame.