POP EVIL SKELETONS U.S. HEADLINING SPRING TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE WORD ALIVE & AVOID, In Denver 4/16

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POP EVIL RELEASES “DEAD RECKONING (FT. FIT FOR A KING)” FROM SKELETONS ALBUM DUE MARCH 17 VIA MNRK HEAVY

TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE SKELETONS U.S. HEADLINING SPRING TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE WORD ALIVE & AVOID

The hard rock group Pop Evil released the third single, “Dead Reckoning (Ft. Fit For A King)” from their upcoming album, Skeletons due March 17 via MNRK Heavy. [Pre-Save + Pre-Order].

The concept and instrumentals for “Dead Reckoning” were brought to the table by bassist, Joey “Chicago” Walser and co-written with singer, Leigh Kakaty. The producer, WZRD BLD, heard the demo and immediately suggested that Ryan Kirby from Fit for a King would be the perfect fit for a vocal collaboration. In describing the song, the band said, “’Dead Reckoning’ is about..a clear and unwavering decision a person makes within themselves.”

The 11-tracks feature the already released single, “Eye of the Storm” landing at the #5 Most Played Song in 2022 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart, and the most recent single, “Paranoid (Crash & Burn).” The album also includes guest performers such as Blake Allison from Devour the Day providing guest vocals on “Wrong Direction.” 

In discussing the album, frontman Leigh Kakaty said, “This is about us as a band stripping everything down to the bones. It’s more uptempo, it’s got bigger riffs, and we’re trying to capture the energy of our live show.”

“But it’s also a positive message,” he adds. “I know it’s a morbid visual, but behind every skeleton, there’s a story and something worth talking about. Overall, it’s about looking at something in a positive way. And I’m excited for everyone to hear that.”

Skeletons see the band once again working with producer Drew Fulk (Disturbed, Papa Roach, Motionless in White), a friend and collaborator on a few previous albums that generated # hits. “With ‘Versatile,’ we had a bunch of producers, but for this album, we just wanted to work with one person and get back to our roots,” says Kakaty. “There’s an energy he and I have, and he’s been great at helping us build these songs and work around some collective themes.”

Skeletons Tracklist:

1. Arrival

2. Paranoid (Crash & Burn)

3. Circles

4. Eye of The Storm

5. Sound of Glory

6. Skeletons

7. Worth It

8. Who Will We Become

9. Wrong Direction (Feat Devour the Day)

10. Dead Reckoning (Feat Fit For A King)

11. Raging Bull (Feat Zillion)

Pop Evil will head out on their Skeletons Tour headlining U.S. dates starting on March 17, 2023, in Sault St. Marie at Kewadin Casino and concluding on April 23, 2023, in Milwaukee at The Rave. Special guests, The Word Alive and Avoid will join. Tickets are on sale now at www.popevil.com.

 Skeletons U.S. Headlining Tour:

03/17 – Sault St. Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino

03/18 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

03/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel’s

03/21 – Lititz, PA @ Mickey’s Black Box *

03/23 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

03/24 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun – Wolf Den +

03/25 – Waterloo, NY @ Del Lago Casino *

03/26 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall

03/28 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation27

03/30 – Tampa, FL @ Hard Rock Event Center

03/31 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

04/01 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground *

04/02 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East

04/04 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre

04/05 – Dallas, TX @ Echo Lounge & Music Hall

04/07 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre

04/08 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theater

04/10 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC

04/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

04/12 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

04/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

04/15 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre

04/16 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre

04/18 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre

04/19 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman

04/21 – Pittsburg, KS @ Kansas Crossing Casino

04/22 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

04/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

* The Word Alive will not be performing

+ No Support

Rescheduled UK + EU 2023 Tour

05/04 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Warehouse

05/05 – Manchester, UK @ Rebellion

05/06 – Birmingham, UK @ Institute 2

05/07 – London, UK @ The Dome

05/09 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo

05/10 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor

05/12 – Munich, DE @ Backstage Halle

05/13 – Frankfurt, DE @ Nachtleben

05/14 – Hamburg, DE @ Logo

05/15 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg

with Call Me Amour as support, plus Zillion

Pop Evil has massive anthems and built a new rock’n’roll institution on a foundation of showmanship, raw relatability, and hard rock hooks, both forward-thinking and timeless from frontman, Leigh Kakaty, lead guitarist Nick Fuelling, rhythm guitarist Dave Grahs, bassist Joey “Chicago” Walser and drummer Hayley Cramer. No matter the headline-grabbing declarations from legendary icons, lamenting the changing of the guard, the slow-burning success of Pop Evil demonstrates the hunger for hard-hitting honest music persisting worldwide.

Their 2011 album, War of Angels debuted at #8 on Billboard Top Rock Albums with three singles landing on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Top 10 including “Last Man Standing”, “Monster You Made” and “Boss’s Daughter.” The momentum continued with their 2013 album Onyx, landing them on the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the first time, plus it was #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums in America and #25 on the Billboard 200. The album included three #1 Billboard Mainstream Rock singles, “Trenches” “Deal with the Devil” and “Torn to Pieces.” In 2015, the band released their album, UP, which would make its way to #1 on Billboard Independent Albums, with four Top 5 Billboard Singles such as  “Ways to Get High,” “Take It All,” and “If Only for Now”. The hit single “Footsteps” is still one of the biggest songs to date and returned Pop Evil to Billboard’s #1 spot for four weeks.  Their 2018 self-titled album landed three singles on Billboard Mainstream Rock, “Waking Lions” at #1 with “Be Legendary” peaking at #2, and “A Crime to Remember” peaking at #7.

Pop Evil’s last #1 single include “Survivor,” which also topped Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart in late 2021, joining previous Top 10 single “Work,” and #1 single “Breathe Again,” from their album VERSATILE, out now via MNRK HeavyOver the course of their career, the band has achieved four gold singles with “Torn to Pieces,” and “Trenches” from Onyx, “Footsteps” from UP, and, “100 in a 55” from their debut studio album, Lipstick on the Mirror.

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