10 Quick Ones with JYMMY TOLLAND of BOBAFLEX – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Bobaflex have released their debut release Eloquent Demons with Thermal Entertainment.  The band earlier this year released a Pink Floyd cover “Hey You” which will appear on the album.  The video has already garnered over 1.5 million views on YouTube. The lead single currently at radio is “Long Time Coming”. Early reviews coming in are saying this is Bobaflex’s best release to date. It was voted as Loudwire’s Most Anticipated Release of August 2017.” We get bassist Jymmy Tolland to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, his influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

We love doing things like that. There was plenty of back-masking on the last record and on Eloquent Demons there is plenty of throwbacks to previous story lines from other songs we’ve written in the past. My favorite tidbit is that was of the songs was written for our album Tales From Dirt Town 10 years ago! We liked it so we rewrote it and put it on this album. I’ll let the listeners try to figure out which song it is!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My dad was a huge influence on my love of music. I can’t tell you how many times he and I listened to Appetite For Destruction or Aerosmith’s Rocks in his old truck after school. Even as a grade schooler I knew that I wanted to make what they were making. The first Wolfmother album was the one that made me realize I could play music for myself. That album is so huge sounding yet simple enough that a dumb high school kid can play along.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Rival Sons, Motorhead, and Kanye West.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Robert Randolph. His pedal steel playing is probably the most pure soulful sound I’ve ever heard. Robert if you’re out there, we’d love to have you on a song.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

I resent the Eagles of Death Metal for coming up with such a perfect name because I always wanted to call us the “Eagles of Hard Rock.”

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

If I say something stupid to someone I don’t have to worry about seeing then again tomorrow. Haha Just kidding. I love playing music so making a living doing what I love is the best.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We all cook and drink. Haha I’m usually the annoying guy with the acoustic guitar.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I love touring. If I didn’t play music I’d want to work for bands on the road.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Not yet. I’m still young though so there’s still plenty of time for me to fuck something up.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Robert Johnson – Crossroad Blues from back in like 1935. That song was the seed germinating that would blow up in the 60’s and 60’s that all of us are still stealing from today. Being there would be like watching the first caveman discover fire.

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10 Quick Ones with JYMMY TOLLAND of BOBAFLEX - August 2017

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