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Jerod Mankin

Formed in the 1990s, they have released three albums and are featured on the Gigantour DVD/CD. The latest album titled Tales From Dirt Town was released on 30 October 2007. The unique thing about the band is the two frontmen, brothers Shaun and Marty McCoy, who trade guitar and lead vocals, depending on the song.

Bobaflex was established in 1998 by the McCoys. 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.

With their anthem-style songs and maniacal live performances, the group quickly gained popularity throughout the Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky tri-state area establishing their “base of operations” in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, home to the infamous Mothman Prophecies. Influenced by their surroundings and the elements of the Mothman legend, the band began to develop their unique style of songwriting.

Finding themselves overwhelmed by popularity, Bobaflex soon became the only out of state unsigned act to headline Columbus, Ohio’s premier all-ages rock club the Alrosa Villa.

Continuously co-headlining Ohio’s largest independent rock festival Woodshock three years in a row, they performed for crowds of over 5,000. ”It was crazy. The fans were buying everything we had, even the shirts off our backs,” stated Shaun McCoy.

After playing out of state for months at a time, the band returned to West Virginia to find themselves booked on 106.3-FM’s X-Fest, (West Virginia’s largest Rock festival, sponsored by Huntington’s largest commercial rock radio station, WAMX).

Performing to an audience of 12,000 and sharing the stage with Nickelback, Disturbed and many others, Bobaflex played the X-Fest 3 years in a row, thus landing them a spot on the renowned Locobazooka tour in 2002 performing alongside Filter, Sevendust, and Mushroomhead just to name a few.

The band continued to hit the road throughout 2002, independently booking tour dates through more than 13 states. “It’s been unbelievable, the response we get from the fans, they seem to come out of the woodwork night after night in markets that we had no idea they knew about us. It’s been a very rewarding experience to meet and get to know them”, says Jerod Mankin.

“The demand for a new release was incredible, our web site was blowing up, there were hundreds of postings in our guest book and message boards from people all over the country," Tommy Johnson stated. “It was easy to see that this was getting much bigger than any of us anticipated”.

In September 2000, Bobaflex independently released its 2nd EP, Primitive Epic. Sales of the sci-fi reality thriller began to take off. The band sold all 1,000 copies of the initial pressing in its first four weeks strictly through live performances, word of mouth, and mail order, which quickly caught the attention of New Jersey’s Eclipse Records (Mushroomhead, Disarray).

On March 10, 2001, Bobaflex signed with Eclipse and went back into the studio to record.

On July 28, Eclipse officially released the band to TVT Records. For more information, check out TVT's website.

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