Number 1 Mainstream Rock Artist of 2013, Pop Evil, recently announced that Texas will be part of their 2014 tour with Stone Sour. The February dates will thoroughly cover the Texas landscape, from Houston to El Paso to Amarillo. Dallas will receive its helping of evil on February 13 at the House of Blues.
With the recent explosion in popularity, Pop Evil, has become a mainstay of the rock radio. "Onyx", Pop Evil's most recent musical endeavor, has given up two number one hits, "Trenches" and "Deal with the Devil". (www.billboard.com/top100) However, it is their live show that moves them from musicians to artists.
There are no jumbotrons, no overblown graphics or props, no pyrotechnics, just pure unadulterated rock music. Yet, it was so much more. Their recent show at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma was a tribute to all that this genre has to offer.It was simplistic in its presentation, yet the interaction of all of the members was anything but simplistic.
When discussing their stage show Matt DiRito, bassist, reacts as like a child on Christmas morning. His enthusiasm is obvious, his eyes dancing as he goes on about the ability to perform with his friends and what the future Pop Evil may hold. It is infectious.
Yet it is so much more than just the vibe. Each of the members connects on a different level with the crowd. The audience is allowed to buy in, be connected to the band. The crowd, like a pack of hungry wolves, scarfs whatever the band is serving and begs for seconds. The caliber at which they perform is a shock to the system. Mesmerized by it all, Leigh Kakaty, commands the crowd by the shear power in his voice. Like a benevolent iron fist, he tells the crowd what to do, how to move, whereto go and when to love.
On the next leg, in support of Stone Sour, Pop Evil will move into new markets. Texas will have more opportunities than any other market to view this brilliant circus of extraordinary sound. DiRito is humble about the pending experience, "To be able to go out with a band at the caliber of Stone Sour is incredible, feels like we've made it, just to be in support of them. We can't wait to get into Texas, we have so much we want to do. This will be a new market for us, but Texas has shown us so much support, we just want to be able to show appreciation for that."
Pop Evil's tour dates (popevil.com/tour) is constantly being updated and includes a new eighteen minute film which ties directly to their current album. If past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, then Texas is in for a rollercoaster ride of a show. Without distractions, without pomp or circumstance, Pop Evil proves that hype is not needed, raw talent can carry through to greatness.