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Pop Evil: Rock 'N' Roll Now Tour – RIGHT NOW

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Pop Evil: Rock 'N' Roll Now Tour – RIGHT NOW

Red Sun Rising

Feb 01 Wed

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rialto Theatre

$24 - $26

This event is all ages

Pop Evil
Pop Evil
Named as one of iTunes "Top New Artists of '08," Pop Evil continues their march across America and the airwaves.

As their fan base grows, a history lesson on how they got to "here" might help:

Lead singer Leigh Kakaty
whose background includes rap along with rock finds
drummer Dylan Allison through Leigh's best friend's room mate. Guitarist Dave Grahs is playing in another band when Leigh and Dylan invite him to join them. If you're a Grand Rapids local, you know them as TenFive.

The time: November, 2001

THE BEGINNINGS
Play the nightclub circuit, find fans, write, perform, fans, write, perform, fans – you get the idea.
Band cuts a deal with nightclubs: three sets a night – two sets of covers in exchange for one set of originals.

Leigh makes a promise to himself, for the band and its future.
"To take pride in the work we're doing now and the work we'll do in the future …and don't forget to pat yourself on the back for what might be considered a small thing."

ROLL TAPE
Write and record a three-song EP as the band now has
earned enough money from their shows to finance the recording.
Producer Al Sutton (Kid Rock) gets demo from Leigh's bro, an entertainment attorney.
Al loves what he hears. Records the band.
Result: Ready or Not EP containing the title track, along with "Somebody Like You" and "Hard Highway."

HOMETOWN BOYS MAKE GOOD
97.9 WGRD in Grand Rapids supports the band, spinning "Somebody
Like You."
Guitarist Dave Grahs shares this thought. "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, "Somebody Like You" on the radio.

2005. ON THE ROAD AGAIN
now with Ready or Not EP to help spread the gospel.
Two years, countless dates throughout the Midwest and Florida and 12,000 EPs sold out of the trunk of their car.
Play, write, drive, sell.

Winter, 2006. RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME
Major label radio promo rep visits WGRD in Grand Rapids to talk about label's upcoming releases. DJ gives rep a tape of Pop Evil. Leigh gets a call to meet the rep, hand delivers a five-song demo to the rep and continues to keep in contact. Rep sends Pop Evil demo to his father, who co-owns independent label, Pazzo Music. In the winter of 2007, one year following the fateful hand off at WGRD, Pop Evil signs with Pazzo Music.

2007. ROLL TAPE, FULL LENGTH CD.
Guitarist Tony Greve and bassist Matt DiRito, both from Muskegon, MI join Pop Evil. The sound is a divine collision of "crispy, crunchy, mainstream rock with a little bit of evil," thanks to the musical and cross-cultural diversity (Eastern Indian, Hispanic, Turkish, American Indian and Polish roots) of the band.

Production for CD begins with Al Sutton and Marlon Young (Kid Rock guitarist) at Rust Belt Studio in Royal Oak, Michigan. 12 songs recorded.

Band heads to spring break in Panama City for more gigs and gets word that Pazzo wants more. In Florida, in-between shows, band does pre-production at Destin Recording with Dave Cox.

Band heads back to Michigan (Canton) with producer Chuck Alkazian at Pearl Sound to complete the three final songs for the CD.

2008
May: Pop Evil complete recording their first,
full-length CD, Lipstick on the Mirror.

August 12, 2008
Street date for Pop Evil's Lipstick on the Mirror.

After eight years of funky bars, sleeping in cars and miles of highway leading to another strange city, nothing has changed. Well, perhaps a bit.

Pop Evil has toured consistently since (and prior to) the release of Lipstick on the Mirror with a combination of headline dates and "Special Guest" support with Puddle of Mudd, Tesla, Theory of a Deadman, P.O.D. and Saliva.

"We watch the bands opening for us," states bassist Matt DiRito, "and we not only remember what it was like for us in that slot. We know that band is warming up the crowd for us and in turn, there will always be something for us to learn from them."

Lead vocalist Leigh Kakaty carries a video recorder with him at all times as the ideas for melodies or lyrics happen constantly.

"There is no separation from my life and my music," states Leigh. "Pop Evil is lifestyle; leading instead of following and having your opinions matter. It is about being heard when no one wants to listen to you. It is about trying to fit in when no one has room for you. It is about overcoming obstacle after obstacle and knowing how to reward yourself for the little things when there are no rewards from your peers. Pop Evil is about making the world BELIEVE."

Time for you to believe.
Welcome to Pop Evil.
Red Sun Rising
Rock music should be built to last. Since its genesis, the genre has been all about longevity not a "flavor of the month" or a "flash in the pan." Whether you go back to the seventies or nineties pillars, the goal was to create something that can be lived with for a lifetime. It still can be that way.
Akron, Ohio's Red Sun Rising—Mike Protich [vocals/guitar], Ryan Williams [guitar], Dave McGarry [guitar/vocals], Ricky Miller [bass/vocals], and Pat Gerasia [drums]. —proudly carry on that tradition with their full-length debut, Polyester Zeal [Razor & Tie].
"It's not today's rock, but it's a new alternative," declares singer and guitarist Mike Protich. "We want to uphold the foundationwith subtle nuances of what's familiar. It's fresh because we're telling our story through that framework."
Sharing that story has been the goal since first breaking onto the scene in 2012. Akron is no stranger to rock 'n' roll, serving as home to everybody from Black Keys and Devo to Chrissie Hynde. That buzzing industrial landscape remains fertile ground for musicians to this day.
"A lot of people don't realize that Akron's a really cool, artsy community," says Mike. "There's great food, local beers, and culture. Because it's somewhat off the national grid, there's a real tightknit music scene. We spawned off of that. There are a lot of factories around and the grit seeps into the music too."
The work ethic is another trait Red Sun Rising embrace. Through tireless gigging, they built up an impressive local fan base, soon attracting the attention of multiple labels. Razor & Tie rushed to Akron in the Fall of 2014 and signed the band following a sold out hometown show.
"I guess we played well that night," chuckles Mike.
The band headed to Los Angeles shortly after to cut Polyester Zeal with celebrated producer Bob Marlette [Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Seether]. They managed to siphon the pure, potent, powerful guitar chemistry, towering vocals, and muscular rhythms into the record's 11 tracks with all of the "grit" intact.
"Bob helped us execute creating the record we wanted to make for a long time," adds the frontman. "He knew how to achieve it. His philosophy was, 'You guys have all the colors to paint the perfect picture. I'm just going to show you how to use them.' That was cool."
The first single "The Otherside" sees thick clean guitars clash with an unshakable refrain that's as airy as it is anthemic. Penned by Ryan and Mike, it's an immediately inviting introduction into the group's sound.
"You can take it a couple of different ways," he explains. "While you're here on earth, it doesn't matter what troubles you go through—you're always going to come through on the other side. You could also look at it is just overcoming life's obstacles because of the support you receive from those around you. It grabs you and shows our vibe."
"Emotionless" commences with a calculated blues-inspired riff before spiraling out into a macabre fairytale that's equally heavy and hypnotic.
"I had a nightmare with a really creepy storyline," recalls Mike. "I vaguely remember it now. This woman I loved was sleeping, but I couldn't wake her up. She was laying there motionlessand emotionless. I linked those two things. I don't know what's scarier that or the fact Ryan and I put it together in twenty minutes on an acoustic in his mom's basement when I told him!"
Album opener "Push" steamrolls ahead on a battering ram of distortion and a slick, sputtering verse, while "Imitation" highlights the inimitable incendiary interplay of six-stringers Ryan and Dave.
"They went back and forth on the solos in that one," Mike goes on. "Bob panned it so if you listen to it in stereo it's like you're watching on stage. You hear each solo go to the side of the stage where they'd be."
Elsewhere, "Amnesia" serves as a declaration of carpe diem bolstered by fiery fretwork and another expansive harmony. "It's about owning every moment that you're living because each instance defines you as a person," he exclaims. "You don't know what's coming or what will make a difference, so you have to embrace all of it. It won't be there forever."
However, Polyester Zeal will be, and it firmly establishes Red Sun Rising's place in rock.
"The title sums it up," concludes Mike. "Zeal is something you strive for, while Polyester is obtainable. The juxtaposition is, 'What's your obtainable dream?' Ours is to tell stories through these songs. Hopefully, it makes you feel something. That's what rock is supposed to do after all."