The past several months have proven to be very successful for Pop Evil, the West Michigan based rock band that has steadily built a grassroots following since forming in November of 2001. Leigh Kakaty (lead vocals) claims that, “It is amazing to see the level of support that we now receive in areas other than our home town (Grand Rapids). Everywhere we go fans know the words to our songs. It feels really good to see people relating to and embracing the music that we have created.”
While the word is getting out due to a tireless touring schedule that sees the band playing well over 100 shows a year, the members know they owe it all to the local people that supported the music from the beginning. Dave Gracia (guitar) recently indicated, “From the beginning it meant a lot to see our friends embrace what we were doing, but it didn’t really set in just how much our local market stood behind us until I was driving down the road and heard our single (Somebody Like You, produced by Al Sutton (Kid Rock)) on the radio.” That song now gets around 30 media base spins a week on the most popular rock station in the area, 97.9 WGRD. Due to that demand it is poised to soon start playing on other rock stations throughout the area. The video for the track was shot by Jason Honeycutt and features Rossi Morreale and Britt Koth of MTV’s show 8th and Ocean. Soon after it was picked up by MTV Latin America, the video was a mainstay in the top 10. MTV has been increasing its’ support of the band, recently featuring the music on the hit show MADE. More support is sure to come in the near future.
With so much momentum heading into 2007, the band is excited about releasing their highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out this Fall. The remaining band members, Dylan Allison (Drums), Tony Greve (guitar) and Matt DiRito (base) feel very confident that the new recordings will not disappoint fans, old and new alike.