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Pop Evil

Postby Chris » Thu May 07, 2015 8:42 pm

Pop Evil – Thursday at 5pm

Leigh Kakaty – lead vocals
Josh Marunde (Chachi Riot) - drums
Dave Grahs – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals
Matt DiRito – bass, backing vocals
Nick Fueling – lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals

The musicians who would eventually become Pop Evil formed in Michigan in 2001 by singer Leigh Kakaty. Their would be several changes among band members as the band struggled to gain a following. In 2007, the band scored a management deal with G&G Entertainment and the band went to work on their debut album. That album, Lipstick on the Mirror, was released in 2008. While initially not selling well, it caught the attention of Universal Records, who re-released the album one year later. This helped the album become successful behind three top 30 Mainstream Rock Hits with “Hero,” “Breathe,” and the #8 “100 in a 55.” After several delays and a split from Universal Records, the follow-up album War of Angels finally dropped on July 5, 2011 on eOne Music. It reached #43 on the charts and three songs reached the top 10 in the Mainstream Rock chart, “Last Man Standing” (#7), “Monster You Made,” (#6) and “Boss’s Daughter” (#8). Another song, “Purple,” reached the top 20. The band toured extensively with several bands, most notably appearing on the “Trespass America Festival” with Five Finger Death Punch and Killswitch Engage, among others. Their 3rd album, Onyx, was released in 2013 and has continued to build upon the success of their first two albums and has taken the band to even bigger heights. “Trenches,” “Deal with the Devil,” and “Torn to Pieces” have all reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart and the album reached #39. The band will be making their first appearance at Moondance Jam on Thursday at 5pm.

Did You Know?
Pop Evil was originally known as TenFive.
The band gave out special copies of their debut album Lipstick on the Mirror at an intersection in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 29, 2008.
The band opened for Judas Priest for their British Steel 30th Anniversary Tour in 2009.
“100 in a 55” was on the Active Rock chart for 30 weeks in 2009.
The band allowed fans to choose their 3rd single from their debut. Their choice “Breathe” went on to reach #29 on the Active Rock chart.
The band has toured with fellow Moondance Jam performers Papa Roach and Finger Eleven.
They have also toured with past Moondance Jam performers Seether, Theory of a Deadman, and 3 Doors Down.
“Boss’s Daughter” was co-written by Motley Crue’s Mick Mars, who was featured on the song and also appeared in the music video.
Playboy Playmate and Miss July 2011 Jesse Hinton was also featured in the video.
The band has had 8 songs reached the top 10 of the Mainstream Rock Chart.
Three of those songs, “Trenches,” “Deal with the Devil,” and “Torn to Pieces” reached #1 in succession in 2013 and 2014.
“Trenches” also reached #1 on Rock Radio.
It also won the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Song of the Year in 2013.
The band ripped up their contract with Universal Records onstage in 2011.
The band will open for Nickelback later this summer for several dates.
The band released the song “In the Big House,” an ode to their affinity for the University of Michigan football team.
It has been played at Michigan home football games as well.
Pop Evil will be playing Moondance, Rock USA, and the 'other fest' all within a week this summer.
They will also be playing the Download Festival at Donington Park in Derby, UK as well as the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands in June.

Album Chart
2008 Lipstick on the Mirror
2011 War of Angels #43 (#1 on the Hard Rock Chart)
2013 Onyx #39 (#3 on the Hard Rock Chart)

Singles Chart – US Mainstream Rock
2008 Hero #24
2008 100 in a 55 #8
2009 Breathe #30
2010 Last Man Standing #7
2011 Monster You Made #6
2012 Boss’s Daughter #9
2012 Purple #18
2013 Trenches #1
2013 Deal with the Devil #1
2014 Torn to Pieces #1
2014 Beautiful #7

Setist – December 19, 2014 in South Bend, IN

Behind Closed Doors
Somebody Like You
100 in a 55
Monster You Made
Boss’s Daughter
Last Man Standing
Goodbye My Friend
Sick Sense
Torn to Pieces
Deal with the Devil

My Take
Pop Evil has quickly shot up my list of bands I can’t wait to see this year. Right now they are at #3 on my list behind Frampton (of course!) and Shinedown. They have had a run on the rock charts since 2008 that rivals most any other rock band during that time period. Their string of three straight #1’s on that chart alone makes this a band you should not miss at this year’s jam. Unfortunately they are not playing many US dates this summer or I would definitely be catching them in concert before the jam. I had heard of Pop Evil for several years but neglected to check them out until they signed with the jam. Now I am kicking myself. They have a great rock sound that jammers will love. I think that in 5 years they will be headlining festivals like Moondance Jam. We are getting a real treat having them at 5pm on what has shaped up to be a phenomenal night of rock music. They are easily the band I am looking forward to the most on jam Thursday. And that is saying something with the likes of Papa Roach and Nickelback on the bill that night. I know many longtime jammers are skeptical of newer music but I highly suggest you check Pop Evil out before the jam. You will not be disappointed.
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Re: Pop Evil

Postby gopherboy6 » Fri May 08, 2015 6:40 am

These guys and Black Stone Cherry will provide some great rock music to warm us up for Papa Roach and Nickelback. I think Pop Evil could be this year's Skillet...awesome high energy rock and roll.
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