On Friday February 26th, Bobaflex kicked off the first show of their 2016 North American Tour in Abilene, TX. Bobaflex will be touring throughout the summer in support of their 7th full-length studio release “Anything That Moves”, which was self produced and recorded at Sonic Lounge Studios in the heart of central Ohio. Formed in 1998 by brothers Shaun and Marty McCoy, the band has seen a variety of lineup changes over the years, but the current lineup is as solid as ever featuring Dave Tipple on guitar, Tommy Johnson on drums, and the band’s newest member, Jymmy Tolland, on bass guitar. These are not just along for the ride either, each of the members has something to contribute to all the tracks on the newest release.
The first leg of the US Tour opens with fellow artists The Veer Union, Artifas and Bridge to Grace, which runs through March 13th, wrapping up in Greensboro, NC. The second leg of the tour with Ill Nino kicks off on May 5th in Hollywood, CA and runs through June, and includes some select dates with Puddle of Mudd, Shinedown and Chevelle.
ZTPMagazine had a chance to sit down with Marty, Dave and Jymmy at the Alrosa Villa just before they packed up their gear and headed off to Texas to start the tour. Marty gave us some insight about the tour, the new album, past struggles and plans for the future; and of course had a little fun too….
We have also given the new album “Anything That Moves”, a good solid listen, again and again and again … yeah, we think it is that good and we believe you will too. The albums opening track “Start a War” hits you right in the face with a hard pounding, speed metal drum line and aggressive power guitar that drops you into a vocally melodic apocalyptic chorus of the end of the world.
“Lose Control” is a speedy beat with a mix of harsh, raspy vocals and a smooth harmony. A bit of darkness with a whole ton of attitude.
“Dry Your Eyes” has a familiar, traditional Bobaflex sound with a more modern hard and crunchy lead guitar, a personal favorite.
“Mama Don’t Take My Drugs Away” built on dark undertones of drug use with a fun, upbeat and groovy rhythm that really makes you want to get up and move. This one should be played live and often, it has that irresistible groove that gets the crowd up and moving. The track may seem at first glance to have a pro-drug slant, but in fact is warning for those who are actually paying attention, delivered in a way only Bobaflex could pull off. Well done!!
“Spider In The Dark” was the second single and video release from the album with a powerful and pissed-off message that things are going to change, about taking control and doing it my way not yours! It feels hard yet reminiscent of a metal ballad featuring the incredibly melodic and well orchestrated dual vocals of Marty McCoy guitarist Dave Tipple.
“You Don’t Want to Know” has a classic hard rock guitar riff with a catchy chorus and drum line, and clocking in at just over 4 minutes as Marty mentioned before your not going to hear this one on the radio. That in mind this is a track that the band just had fun with, cutting lose so to speak and fits right in with the black leather and chains, hard driving rock and roll.
“End of the World” and the human race, be careful cranking this one up on the highway, the speedy drum line will likely have you breaking some laws before you know it. Its heavy and fast with a smooth chorus, solid bass track and heart thumping beat.
Bobaflex is a live band, that’s just what they do, we think this is the best album release yet and the live performance is completely off the hook. The 2016 tour is a must see for all hard core, heavy metal, rock and roll fans!
2016 Tour Dates
Feb 26 Legends Rock House w/ The Veer Union,...Abilene, TX Feb 27 Clicks Live w/ The Veer Union,...Tyler, TX Feb 28 18th Street Pier w/ The Veer Union,... San Leon, TX Feb 29 The District w/ The Veer Union,...Lafayette, LA Mar 02 The Corner pub w/ The Veer Union,...Slidell, LA Mar 04 The Warehouse w/ The Veer Union,...Clarksville, TN Mar 05 11th Frame w/ The Veer Union,...Madison, AL Mar 06 The Empourium w/ The Veer Union,...Jackson, TN Mar 08 Venom Backroom w/ The Veer Union,...New Port Richey, FL Mar 09 Pug's Live w/ The Veer Union,...Tallahassee, FL Mar 10 Amos Southend w/ The Veer Union,...Charlotte, NC Mar 11 TJ Whispers w/ The Veer Union,...Anderson, SC Mar 12 The Rock Shop w/ The Veer Union,...Fayetteville, NC Mar 13 Blind Tiger w/ The Veer Union, Bridge...Greensboro, NC Mar 16 Memories Bar w/ The Veer Union,...Waldorf, MD Mar 18 Phatheadz Green Bay, WI Mar 19 VFW Steger, IL Mar 20 The machine Shop w/ Bret Michaels Flint, MI Apr 07 Bogarts Cincinnati, OH Apr 16 Glass City Event Center Lancaster, OH Apr 23 Earthday Birthday 23 Orlando, FL Apr 30 V Club Huntington, WV May 05 Whiskey w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Hollywood, CA May 06 LVCS w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Las Vegas, NV May 07 Joe's Grotto w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Phoenix, AZ May 08 The Juggernaut w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Gallup, NM May 10 Jake's Backroom w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Lubbock, TX May 11 Trees w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Dallas, TX May 13 Dirty Dog Bar w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Austin, TX May 14 Click's w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Tyler, TX May 15 Scout Bar w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Houston, TX May 17 Canal Club w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Richmond, VA May 18 Montage Music Hall w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Rochester, NY May 19 Jewel w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Manchester, NH May 20 Splash w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Salisbury, MA May 21 Webster Underground w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Hartford, CT May 22 Starland Ballroom w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Sayreville, NJ May 24 The Lost Horizon w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Syracuse, NY May 25 The Outpost w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Kent, OH May 26 The Summit w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Columbus, OH May 29 Reverb Rock Garden w/ Puddle of Mudd Waterloo, IA May 31 Shamrock's Pub & Grill w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Omaha, NE Jun 01 The Outland Ballroom w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Springfield, MO Jun 02 The Back Bar w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Janesville, WI Jun 03 Bada Brew w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Crest Hill, IL Jun 04 The Metal Grill w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Cudahy, WI Jun 05 The Cabooze w/ Ill Niño, Terror...Minneapolis, MN Jun 07 Lefty's w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Des Moines, IA Jun 09 The Ready Room w/ Ill Niño, Terror... St Louis, MO Jun 10 Aftershock w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Merriam, KS Jun 11 Herman's Hideaway w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Denver, CO Jun 12 Urban Lounge w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Salt Lake City, UT Jun 14 The Palomino w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Spokane, WA Jun 15 The Rickshaw w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Vancouver, Canada Jun 16 Studio 7 w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Seattle, WA Jun 17 The Knitting Factory w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Boise, ID Jun 18 SERIAM Fest w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Idaho Falls, ID Jun 20 Hawthorne Theatre w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Portland, OR Jun 21 Jub Jub's w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Reno, NV Jun 22 DNA Lounge w/ Ill Niño, Terror... San Francisco, CA Jun 23 The Phoenix Theatre w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Petaluma, CA Jun 24 Brick By Brick w/ Ill Niño, Terror... San Diego, CA Jun 25 Zombiefest 2016 w/ Ill Niño, Terror... Santa Ana, CA Jul 15 Brauer House Lombard, IL Jul 16 Rock USA w/ Shinedown, Chevelle,...Oshkosh, WI Jul 29 Goodfellas w/ Puddle of Mudd Pekin, IL
Tickets are available now from Ticketmaster or you can link directly to the bands main page.