BOBAFLEX Interview W/ Marty McCoy
RN: What’s up brother? How are things?
Marty McCoy: Things are going great. The band is kicking ass and taking names. We are doing it all on our own. Our song Guns is climbing up the charts. The industry turned their back on us and we are now our own label.
RN: I have to say congratulations, “Hell In My Heart” is the best record I have heard I a long time. I absolutely love it. Who did the production?
Marty McCoy: Thank you. That really means a lot. We got with Chuck Alkazian and did a few tracks with him. He really got the fire back under the band. Then we went to Columbus Ohio and got with Joe Viers, who did a lot of our records. He did “Apologize For Nothing” and did all the demo work on “Tales From Dirt Town”.
RN: What makes Bobaflex different from other bands?
Marty McCoy: No one is doing what we are doing except for KISS. We have three lead singers and all three of us sing on different tracks. Our bass player (Jerod Mankin) finally hit the mic on this record. We have been trying to get him to do it for years and he is finally doing it. It’s really cool and I’m excited about it.
RN: I think that’s what I like most about you guys. You mix it up and you give fans a variety of different styles. And there isn’t one key member of the band. Everyone has their own identity. Like Kiss or Motley Crue.
Marty McCoy: For a while it was a double edged sword. It was a curse. But it is what sets us apart from everybody else. People could not understand why we didn’t have one screamer up front and have everybody else banging their heads in the background. We all want to sing. We all want to have a good time and play what we want.
RN: How is “Hell In My Heart” being received by fans new and old?
Marty McCoy: Again it was a knife in our side for a long time because promoters would say we are not heavy enough to go on tour with “Butchered At Birth” and we are not light enough to go on tour with “Saving Abel”. It was this weird thing, we never really fit in. Now finally people are coming around to our sound and people are digging the record. And we are getting good reviews.
RN: I wanted to ask you about one of the songs on “Hell In My Heart” called “Empty Man”. I wrote in my review of the CD that “Empty Man sounds like something Kiss would have done but heavier” I wanted to know if that was a correct assumption or if I was drawing lines that just aren’t there.
Marty McCoy: Thank you. You’re absolutely right. Kiss is one of our favorite bands. That’s why everybody sings in the band because of Kiss and bands like the Eagles. That’s the shit we grew on. Kiss is one of the greatest bands ever. One of my favorite records is Ace’s solo record.
RN: You can definitely hear the old school influence on this record.
Marty McCoy: I think the 80’s influence really came out a lot on this new record. My brother and I are into all the 80’s metal. A lot of bands like Pretty Boy Floyd and Shotgun Messiah.
RN: I love Pretty Boy Floyd. I just caught them at the M3 Festival this summer. They did a great job. I thought they should have been higher up on the bill.
Marty McCoy: Steve “Sex” Summers and Kristy “Crash” Majors, man they still have it.
RN: Yeah they do.
Marty McCoy: They were some good times. I remember my brother would go to the record store and buy a record just because of the way the cover looked. He would bring it home and say I should like these guys look at the album cover.
RN: Back then we all did that. There was no internet to look at shit. We had to leave our houses to buy music. I bought my first Iron Maiden record because of the cover.
Marty McCoy: I remember sitting in my bedroom and just looking at album covers for hours. The Molly Hatchet art work, a Frank Rosetta painting. I remember as a kid saying to myself “one day I’m going to have an album and the dragon on my cover is going to be bigger and better than your dragon”. And that’s the vibe we had going into this record. I love our album cover. My brother is a big time comic book fan and he had a big part of designing the cover as well as a friend of ours.
RN: The sound of the band changed a lot over the years. I didn’t like “Primitive Epic“ at all. Than I heard “Apologize For Nothing” and thought this is real good. And became a fan. Then “Tales From Dirt Town” and I was in shock that this was the same band. The song “Home” is one of my favorite songs ever. Now “Hell In My Heart” which is your best and again one of the best records I heard in years.
Marty McCoy: I don’t like “Primitive Epic“much either. And I think you can see the change over with “Apologize For Nothing”. When “Tales From Dirt Town” came out things were going really well. The people at TVT were really good to us and there were some people over there that really cared about the band. They thought that our single “Home” was going to go far. When “Home” came out during the second week of radio play we got told the label went bankrupt. It was devastating to a lot of people at TVT and of course us.
Looking back it was probably the best thing to happen to us. Being the black sheep of the industry we were lucky to get with TVT. Knowing the labels are not going to do anything for us. They never wanted anything to do with us in the first place. We thought “let’s do what ever we want. Who knows what the future holds for us. Who knows if it will be our last record?” So when someone brought in a song we didn’t sit around and pick it apart and think about it we just did it. If someone walked in and wanted it on the album it went on the album. We didn’t question each other. We are a band and this time around we were going to do what we wanted to do for us. We did not question the genre or how heavy it was or how light it was or what style it was because who knows if it was going to be our last. And fortunately now, it does not appear to be the case. I think we made a good enough record this time around to be able to make another one together because we are the label now and we are not dropping the band.
What happen with “Tales From Dirt Town” was that my brother he just had a baby. Our guitar player we had at the time was mixed up with drugs and getting into some crazy stuff. Our bass was married and our drummer and I were really focused and took pieces of everybody’s songs and worked on them really hard and thought we had a pretty good record.
On this record, the divorces were final, the guitar player we had is gone and we have a new guitar player that we have known since we were kids he brought a new fire to the band. And like I said we did what we wanted to do. If someone brought in a song we said “cool lets record it“. And I think that’s what we always needed…..that go fuck yourself to the industry attitude. Labels won’t sign us, booking agents don’t want anything to do with us and no one wants to take us on tour, fuck’em we will do what we want and we will do it our way.
RN: Wow bro on that note I think it’s a wrap. Thank you for your time Marty.
Marty McCoy: Any Time Dante thank you.
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