Hard rock group Pop Evil have announced their new album, Skeletons, due 17th March 2023 via MNRK Heavy, along with US, UK and EU tour dates. The band have also unveiled a video for their single ‘Paranoid (Crash & Burn)’.
Pre-order Skeletons here: https://popevil.ffm.to/skeletons
The 11-tracks feature the already released singles: ‘Eye of the Storm’ landing at the #5 Most Played Song in 2022 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart, and the most recent single, ‘Paranoid (Crash & Burn).
The album also includes guest performers such as Ryan Kirby from Fit for a King on ‘Dead Reckoning’ – a song brought to the table by bassist, Joey “Chicago” Walser – plus Blake Allison from Devour the Day providing guest vocals on ‘Wrong Direction.’
Discussing the album, frontman Leigh Kakaty said, “This is about us as a band stripping everything down to the bones. It’s more up-tempo, it’s got bigger riffs, and we’re trying to capture the energy of our live show.
“But it’s also a positive message, I know it’s a morbid visual, but behind every skeleton, there’s a story and something worth talking about. Overall, it’s about looking at something in a positive way. And I’m excited for everyone to hear that.”
The first single, ‘Eye of the Storm,’ is a pummelling, chaotic maelstrom with an uplifting message at its centre (and a killer chorus). As for the song’s lyrical plea, Kakaty explains: “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, at some point we all face a situation beyond our control. At times, it feels hopeless, but it’s not. There is a path through the chaos and a way out of the confusion. You are stronger and closer than you think you are. The storm will pass. Don’t let it bury you.”
Their most recent single, ‘Paranoid (Crash & Burn),’ oscillates from something more melodic and rhythmic to pure aggression, that ‘get out of my head’ scream is certainly going to resonate. “It’s about the voices in our head — we all have ‘em, but do we act on them?” says Kakaty. “It’s a cautionary tale, about processing those voices in a positive way.”
Skeletons see the band once again working with producer Drew Fulk (Disturbed, Papa Roach, Motionless in White), a friend and collaborator on a few previous albums that generated hits. “With Versatile, we had a bunch of producers, but for this album, we just wanted to work with one person and get back to our roots,” says Kakaty. “There’s an energy he and I have, and he’s been great at helping us build these songs and work around some collective themes.”
The band partnered with Heart Support to spread awareness about mental health by giving away custom shows created by bassist Joey “Chicago” Walser – enter by 12th December to qualify. Pop Evil said, “We all have voices in our head that tell us lies. They say things like “I’m not good enough”, “I’m alone”, “Things will never get better. These voices have the power to stop us in our tracks if we don’t fight them. We know that the first step in quieting these voices is sharing them with others and receiving encouragement.”
Pop Evil have announced their rescheduled UK/EU headline tour. Catch them on the following dates with Call Me Amour and Zillion in support.
May 05: UK Manchester Rebellion
May 06: UK Birmingham Institute 2
May 07: UK London The Dome
May 09: UK Paris Le Trabendo
May 10: DE Cologne Luxor
May 12: DE Munich Backstage Halle
May 13: DE Frankfurt Nachtleben
May 14: DE Hamburg @ Logo
May 15: NL Amsterdam Melkweg
Pop Evil have massive anthems and built a new rock’n’roll institution on a foundation of showmanship, raw relatability, and hard rock hooks, both forward-thinking and timeless from frontman, Leigh Kakaty, lead guitarist Nick Fuelling, rhythm guitarist Dave Grahs, bassist Joey “Chicago” Walser and drummer Hayley Cramer.
No matter the headline-grabbing declarations from legendary icons, lamenting the changing of the guard, the slow-burning success of Pop Evil demonstrates the hunger for hard-hitting honest music persisting worldwide.
Their 2011 album, War of Angels debuted at #8 on Billboard Top Rock Albums with three singles landing on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Top 10 including ‘Last Man Standing’, ‘Monster You Made’ and ‘Boss’s Daughter.’ The momentum continued with their 2013 album Onyx, landing them on the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the first time, plus it was #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums in America and #25 on the Billboard 200.
The album included three #1 Billboard Mainstream Rock singles with ‘Trenches’ ‘Deal with the Devil’ and ‘Torn to Pieces.’ In 2015, the band released their album, UP, which would make its way to #1 on Billboard Independent Albums, with four Top 5 Billboard Singles such as ‘Ways to Get High,’ ‘Take It All,’ and ‘If Only for Now’.
The hit single, ‘Footsteps’ is still one of the biggest songs to date and returned Pop Evil to Billboard’s #1 spot for four weeks.
Their 2018 self-titled album landed three singles on Billboard Mainstream Rock, ‘Waking Lions’ at #1 with ‘Be Legendary’ peaking at #2, and ‘A Crime to Remember’ peaking at #7. Pop Evil just celebrated their 7th career #1 single in late 2021 with ‘Survivor’ on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart marking a historic milestone.
Survivor’ joins the previous Top 10 single ‘Work,’ and #1 single ‘Breathe Again,’ from their album VERSATILE, out now via MNRK Heavy.
Over the course of their career, the band has achieved four gold singles with ‘Torn to Pieces,’ and ‘Trenches’ from Onyx, ‘Footsteps’ from UP and, ‘100 in a 55’ from their debut studio album, Lipstick on the Mirror.
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