Photo of Jymmy Tolland courtesy of Samantha Kamer
Photos Courtesy of John Payne/ Payne Productions
If you don’t know of the band, or their music you really should. Bobaflex has been dishing out great jams since their first album Primitive Epic. The rock band hailing from West Virginia has six studio albums including most recently released, and critically acclaimed, Charlatans Web. All three singles pushed from the album have done very well in the national circuit, the newest one being Never Coming Back. They are currently in production with Paul Cunningham of Cool World Photography for the music video to Never Coming Back, which fans are highly anticipating.
Bobaflex’ successes did not come without hard work. Friction from the industry led Bobaflex to start BFX records and they have been going at it on their own, with much success ever since. It is quite common for bands go through line up changes, and Bobaflex is no different. August 22, 2014 marked Bassist Jerod Mankin’s last show with Bobaflex. Fans were shocked, and saddened by the news as Jerod was an original member of Bobalfex. He was a charismatic force to be reckoned with on stage. His goofy faces, impressive bass playing, and abundance of energy won over the hearts of fans across the country. The question every wants answered now is “Whom will they get to replace Jerod?” I have heard multiple times that Jerod is leaving behind some pretty big shoes to fill. This is true, but have no fear because Jymmy Tolland wears boots! Jymmy Tolland a 22 year old from Tacoma Washington has stepped up, and claimed the spot of Bobaflex bassist.
Jymmy Tolland left Tacoma in search of something more. Jymmy told me in an interview that he bounced around a little before hearing that Columbus, Ohio was a cool spot. When he got to Columbus, Jymmy took the bass spot for a local Ohio rock group known as Devil By Design. Devil by Design had a close relationship with Bobaflex no doubt because Bobaflex Guitarist and vocalist Marty McCoy produced Devil by Design’s studio work along side Joe Viers at Sonic Lounge. Devil by Design was billed as the opening act for Flex shows on multiple occasions so Bobaflex, and Jymmy Tolland were no strangers. After the break up of Devil by Design Jymmy ventured on to other musical quests and began playing for local Columbus band Roxy Mae, he was still with them when he heard the news of Jerod Mankin’s decision to leave Bobaflex. Jymmy said he did nothing but practice Bobaflex material in preparation, and knew how to play everything before his audition. Which is no surprise because the kid is musically gifted! After Jymmy found out the exciting news that he was hired the excitement was followed with intensive practice sessions to get Jymmy prepared for the road. The band had shows booked mere days after Jymmy joined the band. The heat was on full blast, but when I asked Jymmy how he felt all he said was “everything just clicked.” The Band hit the road, and played a host of shows including Sonic Boom Music Festival with bands like All That Remains, Starset, and Avatar. Bobaflex guitarist and vocalist Marty McCoy told me that Jymmy sounded great, and did an amazing job.
I asked Jymmy what he most enjoyed about making the leap into a national touring act, and he replied “There is always something to do.” I am sure there is plenty to do considering Bobaflex is a work machine of studio sessions with Joe Viers, and non-stop touring. After Bobaflex finishes the video for Never Coming Back they are hitting the road again touring through the coming holidays promoting the new single. Keep an eye out for Bobaflex, and if you see that they are coming to your town be sure to check them out!
See more from Bobaflex below