BOBAFLEX w/ LEOGUN

Formed in the 1990s, the band has released four full-length albums and one 6-track EP, and is featured on the Gigantour DVD/CD.

The band recently put out the 6 song EP, Chemical Valley which was released on 7 March 2010, and a 15 track full length album Hell in my Heart which was released on February 4, 2011. 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 idea for Bobaflex happened in 1997 when Shaun, Lutz and Drebbit met at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. The brothers were 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.

Shaun said in an interview that the band's name was inspired by the bounty hunter Boba Fett from Star Wars.

Continuously co-headlining Ohio’s largest independent rock festival Woodshock three years in a row, the band 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 itself 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 there 3 years in a row, thus landing a spot on the renowned Locobazooka tour in 2002 playing with Filter, Sevendust, and Mushroomhead just to name a few.

With its first label gone bankrupt shortly after signing them, Bobaflex spent the next few years engaged in legal battles, cost, turmoil and expenses. Some of the band members called their E 350 Ford van home for a short time. They lost all rights to their songs and even the band name, but eventually got them all back. [1]

In 2002, Bobaflex's cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man" was a worldwide success.

The band continued to hit the road throughout 2002,
independently booking tour dates through more than 13 states. “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.
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). "We had no clue it would sell that fast, they literally sold faster than we could produce them." says Steve Foster.

On January 14, 2010 Mike Steele posted a blog on his personal Myspace saying that he left Bobaflex. "Look for a new project from me in a year or so. Forever rock at heart" Mike said at the end of the post. The band has since continued on with Chris Grogan on guitar. Mike Steele's final contribution to Bobaflex was for their album Hell in My Heart.

Bobaflex began selling its new ‘Chemical Valley‘ EP at a concert at the V-Club in Hutington, WV on February 19, 2010. The six track EP was only available at concerts but in April 2010 the band started selling the EP on Amazon.com. The EP features tracks from their upcoming full length record which is due later in the year. On May 28, Bobaflex was on Blazor and Mo in the Morning. Shaun has said that people should buy the EP because the songs might not be on the full album due to label issues.

The band released the full length album Hell in my Heart on February 4, 2011, at the V-Club in Huntington, West Virginia. The Album contains 4 remastered tracks from the Chemical Valley EP, as well as an updated version of the song "Slave", a live recording of the song "Pretty Razors" (previously available only as an iTunes exclusive from Tales from Dirt Town), and 9 previously unreleased tracks. It also features a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence" which has been well received by audiences and has received airplay on Satellite Radio, as well as many radio stations across the country.[2]

Bobaflex have announced that their new album Charlatan's Web will be released on 10th September 2013, and the first single Bad Man has been released on Itunes. [3]

On July 17, 2013, a vulnerability in the design of the Bobaflex website leaked a copy of the Bad Man single to anyone visiting the website. The MP3 jukebox at the bottom of the page was removed at 10:30 PM EST when the vulnerability was disclosed to Bobaflex's webmaster. People who had previously downloaded the file have already released it to bittorrent sites and the file remains widely available.

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.

You've got to be bold to make it rock 'n' roll.

LEOGUN singer and guitarist Tommy Smith might characterize it as "cheeky", but it all comes down to the same thing. The genre's history is earmarked by countless musicians who took a risk and lived through a life-changing night.

Smith's big evening was in 2009. He managed to talk his way backstage at an Eagles of Death Metal gig in his native London. While behind the proverbial "velvet rope," he met Dominic Fairbanks-Weston of Fairbanks Endorsements LTD. Weston was completely taken by the young rocker's audacity and talent, and he introduced Smith to Rocket Music Management founded by Elton John. Soon after, LEOGUN had become a client of the international management powerhouse and inked a record deal with Yamaha Entertainment Group.

"Whenever one of my favorite acts played London, I made sure I was at the show," recalls Smith with a smile. "I was always trying to get backstage so I could meet people and tell them about my music. It's crazy how it all started with me being cheeky and ending up in the right place at the right time. You can't be arrogant, but you've got to at least ask for what you want. I'm one of those people who will ask."
Smith's unwavering confidence remains completely warranted though. LEOGUN distill gritty rock, swaggering blues, and haunting soul into anthemic and artful songs. The music remains strong, sexy, and staggering, echoing Jack White and Queens of the Stone Age with personal panache. It's also something that Smith has been working towards for his entire life.

Raised in a house filled with the sounds of Pearl Jam and Led Zeppelin, Smith became transfixed by a blues record his mother was playing one afternoon. He didn't have a choice at that point. He needed to pick up a guitar, and the 8-year-old began studying everything from classical music to jazz. Even though he attended the Wilmington Grammar School for Boys—the alma mater of Keith Richards—he was bullied because of his long hair and band t-shirts. Nevertheless, the budding artist found his musical soul mate in Matt Johnson at age 13. Bonding over Pearl Jam's Binaural, Smith encouraged his new friend to pick up a bass, and they were playing pubs in London two weeks later.

After years of jamming together, the group formally came to life when the boys reached legal drinking age. "It's also when I learned how to write a song without ten-minute solos," laughs Smith.

Under their previous moniker Mad Dog, Smith and Johnson turned heads locally. The frontman also attended that fateful Eagles of Death Metal concert, and everything moved at a rapid pace. In early 2012, Chris Gero of Yamaha Entertainment Group heard the band, and immediately signed them as the flagship act for the label.

"It's brilliant," enthuses Smith. "Everything is so fresh. The label is just as excited as we are. We're not just another artist at the bottom of a massively long list on a giant roster. We're their first signing, and they've got as much vested in us as we do in them. We're all moving in the same direction. It's like being part of a crew on a ship."
That "ship" landed in Nashville at the iconic Blackbird Studios where everyone from Kings of Leon to The White Stripes have recorded. With Gero and Grammy Award-winning engineer Bryan Lennox behind the board, the musicians cut directly to analog tape, eschewing Pro Tools and all of the other digital trickery so prevalent these days.

About recording in the music capital of America, Smith exclaims, "I'm very into buying my Mojo and Rolling Stone magazines. I love musical memorabilia, and I still buy records. All of my favorite artists mentioned Nashville at one point. It seemed like Never Never Land. I nearly cried when I found out we were going there. It was a dream come true. My jaw didn't come off the floor for months."

Yours won't come off the floor either as soon as you hear the band's debut single, "Let's Be Friends." A slick riff snakes through a bombastic beat before slipping into an arena-ready refrain.

The singer goes on, "It's about not being afraid to be a man and tell a girl what's up. It seems like all of the testosterone has been taken out of music. There are no frontmen fucking hitting it like Robert Plant. I miss that. I want to commit myself to singing what's on my mind. If I'm thinking of a young lady, I'm not going to hold back. I'm going to sing about that."

Elsewhere on "End of the World", LEOGUN paints a cinematic picture of a crumbling world that's both raw and relevant to Nostradamus' imminent prediction. Of course, the distortion is turned way up as well. Passing the seven-minute mark, "By the Reins" seesaws from a smoky blues lead into hulking organ and guitar bombast.
After working with various session drummers, Tommy and Matt approached longtime friend Mike Lloyd to jam with them. After a mosh pit erupted during a Camden gig, it was clear that Mike was the missing piece. He now stands out as a backbone of the sound.

There's nothing quite like seeing the group on stage though. They've won over crowds at massive festivals such as Sonisphere and Bestival as well during an impressive four performances at SXSW. As their four-song EP drops October 16th 2012 and a full-length hits in early 2013, they'll be ruling the road for quite some time to come.

In many ways, their entire ethos can be traced back to their name. LEOGUN means half-man and half-lion. It's rather apropos with what's roaring from their amps.
"People would say my hair looks like a lion, and we try to perform like lions up there on stage," says Smith of the name. "It's all about being honest. I'm quite an excitable person so I play the guitar like my life depends on it. That's what I hope people see. There's no joke. Let's play these things until our fucking fingers fall off."

There's nothing bolder than that.

Dixie Duncan

Dixie Duncan (born April 3, 19something) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Atlanta, Georgia. He began playing piano at age 4, drums, trupet and trombone at age 12, and guitar at age 14. He has since picked up (at least to some extent) many other instruments including but not limited to volin, cello, and bandura. After recording and touring with numerous rock bands from 1995 to 2006, he wrote and recorded his debut solo album, "Lost in te Shadow of a Dream", which was finally released on 4-20-12. Dixie is currently touring and performing not only as a solo act, but also with The Dixie Dncan Band, and perhaps some guest appearances with....other bands.... Check dixieduncan.net for tour dates. Thanks for playing.

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BOBAFLEX w/ LEOGUN with SOL', Dixie Duncan

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