Metal rock band Bobaflex will perform at Rockford’s Bar 3 at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29.
Known for their high-energy live shows and relentless touring, the band gained major label attention and was quickly snatched up by TVT Records in 2005. They released their major-label debut album that year, Apologize for Nothing, and secured a loyal following by touring with metal gods Megadeth, Mudvayne and Sevendust.
From Point Pleasant, W. Va., Bobaflex was formed in 1998 by brothers Shaun and Marty McCoy. The brothers are no strangers to the press, having ancestral ties to the most infamous family feud in American history, between the Hatfields and the McCoys, which almost caused a war between the states of West Virginia and Kentucky in the 1880s. The band’s name was inspired by the bounty hunter Boba Fett from Star Wars.
In 2007, Bobaflex released their album Tales from Dirt Town, and surprised the industry with their smash single, “Home.” The song appeared with a bullet on the Billboard charts, but was stopped at No. 40 when fate struck and the band’s label and TVT declared bankruptcy. The masters, along with the band’s recording rights, were seized by the bank. However, Bobaflex weathered the storm and toured to fund a two-year legal battle until they were free.
In that tumultuous time, the band wrote their new album, Hell in my Heart. Released Aug. 30, the first single, “Bury Me With My Guns,” is already hitting the radio airwaves. Vocalist/guitarist Martin McCoy sums up the band’s feelings: “We’ve been through a war just trying to play our music. We put it all into this record, and it’s the most real and best-sounding to date. We’re at the top of our game live, and with this new record.”
Bar 3, 326 E. State St., Rockford, can be reached at (815) 968-9061.
From the Dec. 21-27, 2011, issue