Pop Evil's Leigh Kakaty talks "The Boss's Daughter," touring, more - Reverb

Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty talks “The Boss’s Daughter,” touring, more

Pop Evil has been a perpetual “band on the rise” since it was first signed in 2007. The Michigan group has toured nonstop for five years in the supporting role for acts like 3 Doors Down and Theory of A Deadman, but after the release of its latest single, “The Boss’s Daughter” and recent endorsements from hard rock heavyweights Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars of Motley Crue, 2012 may be the band’s biggest year yet.

Reverb recently caught up with frontman Leigh Kakaty to talk about Pop Evil’s Saturday show at Summit Music Hall, lineup changes and more.

So, “The Boss’s Daughter” has been out for a bit now. What has the band been up to?

We’ve been touring with Theory of a Deadman for the last couple months. It’s been an incredible run and you can definitely see the Pop Evil growth. Of course we just released the new video all over Vevo with Mick Mars and Playmate Jessica Hinton as the boss’s daughter. We’re really excited to start branding our band and doing our part to make sure we keep doing our thing and keep grinding.

You say your “brand.” How would you describe the Pop Evil brand?

The Pop Evil brand is rock ‘n’ roll. We’ve given up our lives to be rock stars and a lot of times when you make that comment, people say, “Well, are you really a rock star? Like, what does that mean?” I think that people have forgotten how to brand rock stars. You know, it’s sad in this day and age that people can go out and buy a onesie for their child that says “I’m a Rock Star” when people who actually are touring the country playing rock ‘n’ roll aren’t considered rock stars. The meaning has become misconstrued over time.

Pop Evil is trying to bring back rock bands — bring back rock ‘n’ roll in its heaviest form — but at the same time, not forgetting our acoustic guitars and not being afraid to play some ballads. Letting the six string do what it does.

You’re releasing another single off of this album, correct?

Right, we’re going to release a fourth. It hasn’t been picked quite just yet but I think we’re going to release it some point this summer and ride it into the New Year. Hopefully we’ll start working on the new record early next year.

We heard [guitarist] Tony Greve left the band 24 hours before this tour.

Yeah, Tony had some personal issues and you know that’s part of it. Tony’s been with us for a long time, about seven years now, and we haven’t been home in five. People go crazy on the road. I know he’s got a lot of personal things and demons he was dealing with and he had to make the decision that was best for him. We wish him the best and it’s unfortunate, but this business isn’t for everyone. It just shows the power of the band — we haven’t really skipped a step. We’re just going to take our time, audition the right guitar player and make that announcement.

Anything different this time around with a headlining set?

There will be a lot of energy. It’s going to be insane. We have a few tricks up our sleeves that I want to keep for the people going to the show, you’ll see. We’ve been to Summit a handful of times before and we can’t wait to get back to Denver.

Pop Evil will play Summit Music Hall with Janus and Denver bands Lola Black and No 1 Left Standing on Saturday, June 2. Tickets, $12-$15, are available through lodolivemusic.com.

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