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McCoy brothers keep Bobaflex firing on the hard rock mainstream

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The McCoy brothers -- Marty and Shaun -- of the West Virginia hard rock group Bobaflex are descendants of THOSE McCoys, the ones that did battle with the Hatfields during the 1880s. Marty says the group comes across its ancestral enemies periodically, but it's not the guns he's worried about,

"The feud is over," McCoy, 35, says with a laugh. "We meet Hatfields everywhere. The Hatfields and the McCoys don't hate each other anymore. They do try to kill us -- but with alcohol. It's a much slower process."

Nevertheless, the association with the famous feud has only worked to the benefit of the quintet, whose sixth studio album, "Charlatan's Web," came out in September.

"The whole resurgence with Kevin Costner and the (History Channel TV series) got us into a lot of magazines hat didn't want to touch us beforehand," McCoy says. "A lot of places that turned their nose up before were like, 'Oh, they're THOSE McCoys? Let's talk to 'em!'

"That's OK, though. We enjoy it."

Bobaflex maintained a solid career even before that became common knowledge, however. The group has built an audience through steady touring, logging to appearances at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio -- where Marty McCoy now lives -- and a stint on Megadeth's Gigantour. For "Charlatan's Web," meanwhile, the group struck out entirely on its own with its BFX Records label, after tenures with other national distributors.

"It was easy to do this record, no stress," McCoy says. "The last record (2011's 'Hell in My Heart') did well, so we had a little extra money to do this one. And because we're our own label we make our own decisions and don't have these 60-year-old guys hanging over us telling us what the kids think are cool. It's much better this way."

Bobaflex and Dead in 5 perform Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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