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Pulling from influences ranging from punk, new wave, and 70's glam rock, all the way to symphonic music, the veteran power pop group BOBGOBLIN have returned from a long absence to release LOVE LOST FOR BLOOD LUST, certainly the band's most sonically expansive and intense production to date. Having produced two previous albums under the moniker of their more pop-centered alter ago, Adventures of Jet (AOJ), LOVE LOST FOR BLOOD LUST is a return for the group, not just in name, but also to the more abrasive, socio-politically-charged, and satirically-minded power pop that the band's core members purveyed in the late 1990’s and highlighted in their 1997 MCA/Universal Records release, THE 12-POINT MASTER PLAN.
Since their Dallas, Texas origins in the mid-1990's, the conceptually-minded BOBGOBLIN have been known by the initiated for their infectious, energetic power pop tunes and recognized on-stage by their black, numbered flight suits. In the late 90's, BOBGOBLIN’s hard hitting shows drew sold out crowds across the country in venues such as The Whiskey and The Troubador in Los Angeles, Trees in Dallas, The Metro in Chicago and Brownies in New York. In 1996, they were invited to play the ASCAP showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas, returning to SXSW for MCA in 1997 and '98.
In 2001, under the guise of their more melody-centric, suitless alter ego, Adventures of Jet (AOJ), the group released the album Part 3: COPING WITH INSIGNIFICANCE, a new wave-influenced commentary on their experiences on the corporate side of music; it was released on Joey Cape’s (Lagwagon) indie-label My Records and gained international attention, landing on several top music lists. In 2004, also as AOJ, the band released the pre-mid-life commentary disguised as a car-concept record, MUSCLE, on Surburban Home Records, further delving into their melody-driven sensibilities with layered, synthesized sounds and intricate background vocals. In addition to performing shows across the US, they were again invited to play SXSW in 2004 following the release of Muscle.
Singer and Songwriter Hop Litzwire and Drummer Rob Avsharian met and started BOBGOBLIN in the early 1990’s as recent graduates of the University of North Texas. As a film student, Litzwire got the band off and running with the making of a video for “Mental Suburbaknights,” an eventually seminal BOBGOBLIN rocker. Continuing in the field with his own business, Litzwire Sound and Vision, Litzwire produced, shot, directed and edited BOBGOBLIN’s music video for “25 Million to One,” AOJ’s “Emily Mazurinsky,” and is currently finishing BOBGOBLIN’s latest video for “White Lines” from their newest album LOVE LOST FOR BLOOD LUST. Highly respected among fellow musicians, Avsharian brings to the group unreproachably tight and skilled drumming, an illustrious musical background, and experience as a great performer, having traveled the world with a variety of acts, including legendary guitarist Andy Timmons and The Rocket Summer. His composition skills and his ideological positions have made him a integral contributor to BOBGOBLIN's unique directions.
Shortly after starting BOBGOBLIN, Litzwire and Avsharian were joined on bass by Tony Jannotta (aka Corporal Glascock). With a background in computer programming to go with an intensely opinionated disposition, Jannotta became instrumental in helping with BOBGOBLIN's conceptual and multi-media bent, turning THE 12-POINT MASTER PLAN into an enhanced cd - at the time, an up-and-coming technology. Obvioulsy a major contributor as a musician as well, Jannotta later slipped into the role of lead guitarist once the need arose.
Bass player Darian Stribling, a long-time friend of Litzwire's, joined the band in the mid-2000's in their return as BOBGOBLIN. On LOVE LOST FOR BLOOD LUST, Stribling offers a nail-driving bass sound abrasive enough for the most intense moments, yet punchy enough to accentuate the bounciest of BOBGOBLIN's melodies. Helping to re-solidify BOBGOBLIN's sound and attitude on LOVE LOST FOR BLOOD LUST is co-producer/guitar player Barry Poynter, who helped managed the sonic balance of the record and joined Glascock in providing the buzz-saw guitar sounds that envelop the songs in burning yet dynamic tones. Poynter co-produced both LOVE LOST FOR BLOOD LUST and The 12-POINT MASTER PLAN at his studio, Poynter’s Palace, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Recognizable by a stark cover sketched by internationally-renowned charcoal artist David Bailin, BOBGOBLIN's LOVE LOST FOR BLOOD LUST: PART I is available as a digital download on iTunes, AmazonMP3, the band's Bandcamp site at bobgoblin.bandcamp.com, and many other outlets. BOBGOBLIN plans to embark on a tour of select cities in the Spring and Summer of 2012. More information can be found by visiting bobgoblin.com or facebook.com/bobgoblinrock.