That would be the Michigan-based hard rock act Pop Evil, which is currently touring its 2013 effort “Onyx” with a June 6 show at Ohio Bike Week. The band’s third album is described as a swaggering, fist-pumping, ball-busting ride through American rock. This includes extravagant melody structures from the ‘70s combined with ‘90s emotions and loud, modern riffs.
Considering Michigan has produced Bob Seger, Kid Rock and Eminem, Pop Evil is the natural evolution of those elements distilled into a powerful sound.
“We’ve got that blue collar following,” Pop Evil singer Leigh Kakaty said in press materials. “People are pulling for us as underdogs. People see that we’re constantly on the climb, doing it from the ground up.”
Pop Evil definitely has climbed quite a bit of late with the success surrounding “Onyx” and its tune “Deal with the Devil,” which hit No. 1 on the Active Rock charts.
Recently, the band’s latest single “Torn To Pieces” also hit No. 1 with support from its brand new music video. The song deals with the loss of loved ones. “Digging up the past can be very difficult,” Kakaty said. “Losing someone close to you has a healing process, and I choose to do it through this video.”
Other highlights of “Onyx” include the powerful “Flawed” and the emotional “Divide.” Kakaty said the latter track tackles the division that separates people today.
“This country is always being divided, whether it's rock and roll, country, rap or whatever,” Kakaty said. “At the end of the day, it's musical expression. There's no right or wrong. It's just a question of what you want to listen to.
“The song is about a vision that we can somehow come together, that we can maybe always stand for something a little bigger. Whether it's a small percentage or millions of us, we can start to embrace that motivation and appreciation instead of segregation and division.”
If you think about it, Kakaty’s statement applies to those folks – a diverse group from different backgrounds – attending Ohio Bike Week. Rock on, and more importantly, ride one!