Pop Evil’s new LP is a deep dive into the hardships that we experience in life and how we must face them.
Pop Evil’s new LP is a deep dive into the hardships that we experience in life and how we must face them, consistent both in lyrical themes and their signature hard rock sound.
The Michigan-based band released the album on March 17, along with a visual lyric video for the title track, which is placed in the middle of the album as a pillar of its message – “We’re only human / We’re flesh and bones, fighting wars within … lonely skeletons.” “The decisions we make in our lifetime have an impact on the people around us,” Pop Evil said about the title track. “We have a choice to be kind or to be selfish on our journey. If you only think of yourself, you can end up alone. We owe it to each other to be kind. We are all human.”
The transition between “Arrival” and recent single “Paranoid (Crash & Burn)” is an epic beginning to the album. “Circles” reminds us that things in life come and go, and pain is only temporary. That healing journey is explored more in the next track “Eye of the Storm”, which paints a stormy soundscape that addresses the difficulty, yet relief of letting something go. Both “Sound of Glory” and “Worth It” will leave you with a boost of confidence, asserting your self-worth. “Who Will We Become” envisions our future as it seemingly falls apart in front of us, reassuring that it’s only yourself you have control over. The album closes with the three tracks that include features – “Wrong Direction” featuring Devour the Day, “Dead Reckoning” featuring Fit For A King, and “Raging Bull” featuring Zillion, each adding different stylistic elements for Pop Evil to explore such as metal, electronic, and hip-hop.
“This is about us as a band stripping everything down to the bones,” frontman Leigh Kakaty said. “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.”
Pop Evil is currently on their headlining Skeletons Tour concluding on April 23 in Milwaukee, with special guests The Word Alive and Avoid. Tickets are on sale now on their website, where you can also learn more about the group.
Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.