A follow-up to Bobaflex’s 2011 album Hell In My Heart (which featured hit singles Bury Me With My Guns On, Chemical Valley, and a remake of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence) has much to live up to, and the boys have taken on that task with confidence. Released on September 10th via BFX Records (the band’s own label), Charlatan’s Web is a full-out rock and roll assault.
The album’s first single, Bad Man, is getting tremendous amounts of airplay and is quickly climbing the charts, but that’s not the only solid performance on this 10-track album.
The band is known for their intricate three-part vocal harmonies, performed by brothers Shaun and Marty McCoy as well as bassist Jerod Mankin, and Wading Through the Dark is just one of the tunes that showcases those abilities, set to a hard rock backdrop with a vintage or classic rock vibe cleverly mixed in. The band somehow manages to make those harmonies sound almost pretty even on songs with darker subject matter such as I’m Glad You’re Dead and Pretty Little Things. Tommy Johnson on drums and recent addition David Tipple on guitars round out the crew and most definitely will not be overlooked, most notably on the album’s final song, Rogue. School for Young Ladies is somewhat of an 80s rock throwback that seems unexpected but somehow works.
Perhaps the most interesting snippet is the intro of the album, a voicemail from a booking agent to Shaun McCoy, which gives a little insight into the band’s previous struggles in the music industry, before launching feverishly into Never Coming Back.
The album may seem short at just 10 tracks and a little over 30 minutes, but perhaps that’s just a clever way to keep the fans on the edges of their seats, waiting for the next installment.
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