I first fell in love with BOBAFLEX in the fall of 2013 with Charlatan’s Web. Then I saw them live a month later, drank with the band, made friends, and generally rocked out. And then….well then my faith and love were questioned when they released Anything That Moves in 2015. It wasn’t a baaad album, per se, but I haven’t revisited it in a long time for a reason. So when the first singles were released from new album Eloquent Demons (out now, Thermal Entertainment LLC) I approached with cautious optimism. Well, suffice to say both of them hooked me in and had me ready to hear the whole damn thing, which I have now been able to.
After an all-too realistic intro aptly titled “Eloquent Demons”, the band tears into “I Am a Nightmare.” Right from the first note I was into it, and if they’re not opening with this one on tour, then something’s certainly rotten in Denmark…errrr, Bobamark? This is the second album to feature Dave Tipple and Jymmy Tolland (guitar and bass respectively) alongside drummer Tommy Johnson and the Brothers McCoy (Shaun and Marty, both of whom play guitar and sing lead), and it definitely feels and sounds like the new blood has given the band a shot in the arm. “Long Time Coming” just might be one of THE best BOBAFLEX songs I’ve ever heard, and it’s no surprise they chose this one as a single with its swagger and dirty boogie.
“Say What You Will” goes full bore from jump and it’s clear this band is on a mission to fuck your shit up this time around. The groove to “Lights Out” will definitely have asses shakin’ in clubs all across the U.S. and I can see many a shot being hoisted to this number for sure (BRB, gonna pour myself one now. OK, backies!). As someone who has done a shot or two with these guys, this is definitely one that could have them flowing like water, so be warned. “Real Sadness” has such a dark tone to it, guitar-wise and in the vocals, and then the group totally shifts gears for “Off With Your Head,” a tune that would have been YUUUUGE on radio in the 90’s, and still could be if program directors get their heads out of their collective asses.
And then the band unveils a cover. And it is one of THE greatest covers I have ever heard. They do PINK FLOYD’S “Hey You.” I know what you’re thinking…”You fucking kidding me? Hang them by their thumbs!!” But no, they do it justice and then some. It’s fucking amazing, it really is. The vocal harmonies this band can pull off, they have to be seen live to be believed. Closer “Reckless” is a straight ahead rocker and caps off the album nicely. When it’s all said and done, BOBAFLEX have delivered an ass-kickin’ record in Eloquent Demons, one that can be blared from car and truck radios everywhere, and I hope they come to Philly on this tour so I can rage with them once again! My faith is restored, boys, so thank you!
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Long Time Coming”, “Hey You”, “I Am a Nightmare”, “Lights Out”, “Say What You Will”