Rock and roll is hard work and Bobaflex are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty. In a testament to facing adversity, chasing your dreams, and not being afraid to take chances, the West Virginia Quintet offer up their eighth studio album Eloquent Demons. Ten edgy, powerful tracks with dynamic mastery and a cinematic feel make this a stand out offering amongst this year’s rock releases. Marty McCoy (guitar / vocals), Shaun McCoy (guitar / vocals), Dave Tipple (guitar / vocals), Tommy Johnson (drums), and Jymmy Tolland (bass) made full use of their prolific song writing abilities and vocal prowess, breathing new life into their sound.
Eloquent Demons opens the way any great rock album should. With a cheering crowd, a poetic speech unifying demon brethren, and a quote to set the tone,
“The age of the demon is upon them… For tonight, we drink and bathe in fire.”
After the niceties, and a second of silence “I Am Nightmare” kicks in the door, and the signature Bobaflex harmonies, dark tones and upbeat tempo create a wicked rock anthem I’ll be singing at all future sporting events. Next the lead single “Long Time Coming” tackles religion, then “Say What you Will” takes aim at politics. It’s at this point in the album it’s very apparent that these songs are unlike anything the band has ever done, yet sound undeniably like Bobaflex. Bringing out the funky side of the band and the day drinker in all of us is “Lights Out”. This track is loaded with rockstar-esque lyrics and makes you want to dance in a non hardcore kind of way. “Real Sadness”, is a true stand out on the album. Reminiscent in style of 90s era Alice In Chains, complete with dark lyrical overtones.
“He said, I think you might want to sit down buddy / Ain’t no easy way to tell you / Something happened in the midnight hour / You better come with me.”
The song takes a few unexpected musical twists along the way and leaves you feeling pensive. Not for long though as the ballad “Off with Your Head” takes a comical Henry The VIII approach to relationships gone bad. This is followed up by the straight ahead rocker “Moon And The Shadows”, a nod to the metaphorical Werewolf in us all. The ninth track was “Hey You” was released as a video five months prior to the album’s release. Most notable in this reviewer’s opinion not only for it’s excellent execution, but for the testicular fortitude of Bobaflex to tackle a Pink Floyd cover in the first place. Most working musicians will agree that Floyd tunes are a taboo of sorts. The album is rounded off with “Reckless”, which is anything but in it’s delivery. Lyrically this track speaks volumes about music and it’s ability to help us all through hard times.
“I know you’re in trouble man / But you don’t need to cry / Cause I’m gonna be / The friend you need / In the darkness of night”
Eloquent Demons feels like a natural evolution in the Bobaflex catalogue, and sounds like a band gaining strength. It’s surprising that a band that tours as much as Bobaflex can find time to put out something this strong and well produced. In a musical culture where bands are often hard to tell apart, it’s refreshing to have one that stands out. Heavy riffs, catchy melodies, harmonies, and guitar solos are not a thing of the past thanks to Bobaflex. Do yourself a favor and buy this album.