NeuFutur Magazine Introduces Pop Evil

2008 is shaping up to be a very successful year for Pop Evil which has steadily built a grassroots following since forming in November of 2001. Leigh Kakaty (lead vocals), Dave Grahs (Guitar), and Dylan Allison formed the early stages of the band in Grand Rapids, Michigan that has recently signed to upstart record Label Pazzo Music run by 25 year music veterans George Cappellini and Charlie Brusco.

After continually playing shows throughout the Midwest Pop Evil decided to go into the studio with Al Sutton (Kid Rock) to record. In 2005 the band released their first EP entitled “Ready or Not.” Already having sold over 12,000 copies throughout the Mid West the band is finally ready to release their upcoming debut album. Leigh 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.”

In 2007, the band recruited Muskegon natives Tony Greve (Guitar) and Matt DiRito to help compliment the bands sound and stage show. Soon after the band teamed up with both Al Sutton, Marlon Young (Kid Rock), and Dave Cox to help record and finish their new album.

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. In the fall of 2006 their song “Somebody Like You” hit the radio waves and currently has over 1200 total media base spins on the most popular rock station in the area, 97.9 WGRD, and is currently the #1 most requested song in the city of Grand Rapids. Dave Gracia 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).

Due to that demand more Pop Evil music is poised to soon start playing on rock radio stations around the country. Their music video for the track ‘Somebody Like You’ 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.

Pop Evil’s self titled studio album produced by Al Sutton who has worked with Kid Rock for 10 years hits stores later this year. With so much momentum heading into 2008, the band is excited about touring throughout Michigan and is looking to booking dates throughout the United States.



Jun 22 2008 – 8:00P – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Croc Rock

Jun 23 2008 – 8:00P – Baltimore, Maryland
Fletchers w/98rock (WIYY)

Jun 24 2008 – 8:00P – Huntington, West Virginia
Club Echo

Jun 25 2008 – 9:00P – Saginaw, Michigan
Z-93 (WKQZ) Low Dough Show @ Hamilton Street Pub

Jun 26 2008 – 8:00P – Put N Bay, Ohio
Put N Bay Bar

Jun 27 2008 – 8:00P – Lima, Ohio
Harry’s Hideaway w/ Egypt Central

Jun 28 2008 – 8:00P – Green Bay, Wisconsin
Double Bars

Jul 5 2008 – 8:00P – Battlecreek, Michigan
Planet Rock

Jul 9 2008 – 7:00P – Lousiville, Kentucky
Phoenix Hill Tavern

Jul 10 2008 – 7:00P – Dayton, Ohio
The Foundry

Jul 12 2008 – 8:00P – Youngstown, Ohio
The Cellar

Jul 30 2008 – 8:00P – Jackson, Mississippi
Club Fire presented by WRXW

Aug 1 2008 – 7:00P – Biloxi, Mississippi
Thunders Tavern

Aug 7 2008 – 7:00P – Detroit, Michigan
The Ritz

Aug 14 2008 – 7:00P – Louisville, Kentucky
Kentucky State Fair w/ POD

Aug 16 2008 – 7:00P – Lincoln, Rhode Island
Lighthouse @ Twin River Casino w/ Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel & Rev Theory

Aug 17 2008 – 7:00P – Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Hampton Beach Casino w/ Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel & Rev Theory

Aug 22 2008 – 7:00P – Atlantic City, New Jersey
House of Blues w/ Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel & Rev Theory

Aug 25 2008 – 7:00P – Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Jenknison’s w/ Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel & Rev Theory

Aug 26 2008 – 7:00P – Albany, New York
Northern Lights w/ Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel & Rev Theory

Aug 27 2008 – 7:00P – Johnson, New York
Magic City Music Hall w/ Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel & Rev Theory

Sep 11 2008 – 4:00P – Allegan, Michigan
Allegan County Fair w/ Daughtry

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

One thought on “NeuFutur Magazine Introduces Pop Evil”

  1. Jamie Nummer was the original bass player who started the band and was with them until 2007.

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