Bobaflex returns to Dillinger’s with ‘Eloquent Demons’ as well as special guests Kienemy and Rat Bastard Syndicate.

Shawn McCoy of Bobaflex from high above the stage at Dillinger’s. Photo taken by Larry Ritter/


Last Saturday night TK Booking and Promoter and Dillinger’s Entertainment Center and Restaurant in Bucyrus, Ohio played host to national recording artist, Bobaflex, along with special guests Kienemy and Rat Bastard Syndicate. And just as I expected, it was a great night of rock-n-roll.

Bobaflex without fail always puts on an energetic filled performance and this night was no different. The band played several tunes from their latest release “Eloquent Demons” as well as many of their older hits, such as ‘Bury Me With My Guns On’, ‘Chemical Valley’ and ‘I’m Glad You’re Dead’ just to name a few.

‘Hey You’, the bands rendition of Pink Floyd’s monster hit, was the first video released from “Eloquent Demons” and Bobaflex’ live delivery was spot on and definitely one of the highlights of the evening for the packed house. Any band can do a cover song but not many can give it the due like Bobaflex can. They’ve shown that in the past with their version of Simon and Garfunkel’s smash ‘Sound of Silence’. They also performed their latest single ‘Long Time Coming’ along with several other tunes that makes the album a must add to any CD collection.

I’ve lost track as too how many times I’ve seen the boys from West Virginia but I’ve never left a venue dissatisfied. Marty and Shawn McCoy, the band’s founders back in 1998, still have a passion for what they do that’s second to none. Their energy level is off the charts and the fans love and feed off of it. That passion is also shown by longtime drummer, Tommy Johnson, and bassist, Jymmy Toland.

Bobaflex at Dillinger's on 11/11/17. All photos taken by Larry Ritter/

Jake Earley was playing with the band for just the third time in front of an audience and from what I witnessed he will fill the shoes left vacant by the recently departed Dave Tipple, just fine. His six string work was amazing and the vocals were there too. Tipple left big shoes to fill and it appears that Earley must be the same size because he fit right in.

It was my first time seeing both of the opening acts and I was thoroughly impressed by both. Their sound may have been on the opposite side of the spectrum but each was superb in what they had to offer.

What would you get if you mixed Molly Hatchet with Mastadon and covered it with a thick layer of blues? The answer is Rat Bastard Syndicate. This quartet out of Columbus was a pleasant surprise for me with their heavy hitting riffs and good old fashioned in your face style of rock.

Two songs in particular that I really enjoyed were ‘Rat Bastard’ and ‘Strawberry Bitch’. Both tunes are in-your-face and full of delectable guitar playing from both Steve Theado and Vinnie Salvatore. Meanwhile Keith Pickens (drums) and Lennard James (bass) provided a cascade of rolling thunder that shook Dillinger’s foundation. James doubled as the lead vocalist with the perfect pitch to fit the classical southern/metal sound.

Rat Bastard Syndicate and Kienemy at Dillinger's on 11/11/17. All photos taken by Larry Ritter/

In between the two aforementioned acts was the newly formed quintet based out of Marion known as Kienemy. The name was derived from a dream that drummer Kegan King (Breathing Theory) had when he was a teenager as were several of the songs.

Like Bobaflex, Kienemy has energy to burn and deliver a ferocious hardcore sound. Davey Bee, who was the final member to sign on, has the growl down but also presents a solid melodic sound when called upon.

Mike McClain (bass) teams with King to form a powerful rhythm section while Preston Daniel and Josh Brammer showed they could tickle the twine with the best of them.

To say that this blossoming hard rock band has had a fast start would be a major understatement. With less than five shows under their belt, Kienemy has opened for the likes of Mushroomhead, Unsaid Fate, Ventana, FLAW and now Bobaflex. I’d say the future indeed looks bright for this Marion County powerhouse.

Before closing I would like to thank Tina Albright King of TK Booking and Promoter for all of her help as well as Shawn and Tacsha Ridgeway along with the staff at Dillinger’s for their hospitality. As always everything was top notch.

If you didn’t come out to witness the show in person you missed a helluva night.

Until next time this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/



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Larry Ritter About Larry Ritter

Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an Associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.


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