Sons of Texas, Bobaflex

Sons of Texas

Bobaflex

Dark Sky Choir, Artillary

Thursday, May 16, 2019

7:00 pm

Outland Ballroom

$10.00 - $13.00

This event is all ages

$2 minor charge at door

Sons of Texas
There is nothing subtle about Texas. There is a reason why we use the term "Texas-sized" to describe anything in life that's exaggeratedly large, from posteriors, to bong hits, to jugs of beer. This boldness, naturally, extends to the Lone Star's musical exports, loud n' proud legendary artists like ZZ Top, Pantera, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among many others. Now, firmly in that cocksure lineage, is a mighty bluesy metal band from McAllen, Texas aptly named, Sons Of Texas.

The young quintet's debut, Baptized In The Rio Grande—produced by the iconic Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Crowbar, Chiodos, Hatebreed)—is a Texas-sized portion of power metal grooves, dazzling guitar solos, strip joint/tailgate sing-along choruses, and soulfully charred vocal melodies. It took Wilbur 20 seconds of a YouTube clip to recognize this young band truly inherited the gonads of its Lone Star forefathers and sign on to work with the quintet.

"We're proud of being a Texas hard rock band, that's everything to us," affirmsrhythm guitarist Jon Olivarez. "Texas is the biggest state, has a great history of football teams, and an astounding music legacy."

Sons Of Texas was spawned in McAllen, Texas, a valley town without the music legacy of Austin or Arlington. The scene vibes "music for music's sake" with metalcore bands, blues-rock bands, and straight up rock n' roll bands swapping members and sharing bills. Sons Of Texas solidified in 2013 around a lineup of local all stars. The group is Mark Morales, vocals, Mike Villarreal, drums, Nick Villarreal, bass, Jon Olivarez, rhythm guitar, and Jes De Hoyos, lead guitar.

Despite being just in their mid 20s, never having recorded an album, and having only existed for about a year, the guys play with seasoned authenticity and fiery brilliance. The guitar duo of Jon Olivarez and Jes De Hoyos boastthat classic rhythm and lead division of labor of Metallica's Hetfield and Hammett, Testament's Alex Sklonick and Eric Peterson, and Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman. Sons Of Texas has that rare gift of having a rhythm section of brothers—Nick and Mike Villarreal—so the grooves are telepathic and deeply in the pocket. And vocalist Mark Morales has a blood raw expressiveness evoking Phil Anselmo, Chris Cornell, and Zakk Wylde.

Baptized In The Rio Grande is an album for raising hell and enduring hard times. The record spans good old bad boy anthems like "Texas Trim" and "Baptized In The Rio Grande," the stately ballad territory of the haunting "September," and the dead end job-frustration of "Pull It And Fire." The standout "Blameshift" showcases the guys have modern rock radio potential without sacrificing heft for hooks.

The past year has been a blessing for the Sons Of Texas. Inking a record deal and working with a producer of Wilbur's caliber doesn't happen for bands in the Rio Grande region of McAllen, Texas. Olivarez explains: "People always told us to move to Austin, but we stuck with our hometown and made something of ourselves. We take a lot of pride in being one of the first Valley bands to get these opportunities. "
Bobaflex
Bobaflex
BOBAFLEX is known as one of the hardest working bands in the country. Renowned for their high energy, live shows and relentless touring the band was formed in 1998 by brothers Shaun and Marty McCoy. The brothers are known for their ancestral ties to the most infamous family feud in American history between the Hatfield and McCoy. The interest of the feud has spurred of late a mini-series, many documentaries and an upcoming modern day version series debuting this Fall.

BOBAFLEX released their 6th album CHARLATAN'S WEB on BFX RECORDS on September 10th. The long anticipated follow up to 2011's HELL IN MY HEART that featured the singles BURY ME WITH MY GUNS ON, CHEMICAL VALLEY and THE SOUND OF SILENCE. The first single off the album BAD MAN recently entered the charts at #38, their highest ranking for a single in their history.

The band consisting of brothers, Shaun (vocals, guitars) and Marty McCoy (vocals, guitars), Jerod Mankin (vocals, bass), Tommy Johnson (drums) and newly added David Tipple (guitars) will be bringing their tour from coast-to-coast in support of the new album and single, BAD MAN hitting the airwaves in July.

Their catalog is rounded out by PRIMITIVE EPIC (2003) on Eclipse Records; APOLOGIZE FOR NOTHING (2005) and TALES FROM DIRT TOWN (2007) on TvT Records and CHEMICAL VALLEY (2010) which they self-released. The band is not dreading on the past anymore as they embattled a troubled label, legal battles and just looking ahead to the future.
Artillary
Venue Information:
Outland Ballroom
324 South Ave
Springfield, MO, 65806