Michigan’s Pop Evil returned to Boise Sunday night for its first ever Treasure Valley headline appearance. The concert was another free event for listeners of 100.3 The X. Local talents, Black Tooth Grin, Malachi, and Cure For The Fall, set the table.
Pop Evil is riding high on the strength of its newest chart topping single, “Trenches” from its newest album, “Onyx” released in May. “Onyx” represents the band’s third major release (fourth overall), and is easily its darkest and most cohesive to date.
The quintet exploded with its 2011 effort, “War of Angels” which generated a handful of Top 10 radio hits including; “Last Man Standing”, “Monster You Made” and “Boss’s Daughter”. A fourth hit, “Purple” also hit the Top 20. “Trenches” leads off the powerful new record and marks the band’s fifth Top 10 single and first #1 hit.
Since Pop Evil’s previous appearance in Boise the guys have added drummer Chachi Riot, and lead guitarist, Nick Fuelling. Both made an immediate impact on the new record which translates in a mammoth way to the band’s energetic live performances.
Frontman Leigh Kakaty hails “Onyx” as the band’s best album by far which is high praise given the previous album’s massive success. The band’s conviction is apparent though as the crux of the live show comes from the new record. Of the 13 songs performed, more than half came from “Onyx”.
The band kicked it off with “Flawed”, from the new record, before dropping back to their major label debut for, “Hero”. Next they pulled “Broken and Betrayed” from “War of Angels”. Other than their first hit song, “100 in a 55”, the next six songs all came from, “Onyx” including the new single, “Deal with the Devil”, along with “Torn to Pieces”, “Goodbye My Friend”, “Sick Sense”, and “Behind Closed Doors”.
Dave Grahs tight rhythms and Matt DeRito’s rumbling bass lines anchored a triple shot from “War of Angels” with “Monster You Made”, “Boss’s Daughter”, and “Last Man Standing”.
The show closer was not surprisingly, “Trenches”, which brought the packed house to the edge of bedlam.
Noticeably absent was the new track, “Beautiful” which will likely be the band’s power ballad hit from the new record. In all it was a solid set and a fantastic performance from a group that has honed its live chops across thousands of stages world-wide.
Cure for the Fall put on an exceptionally energetic performance, while Black Tooth Grin were full of their typical knuckle to nose brutality. Perhaps the night’s lone weakness was the unusually odd, if not off intro of Malachi, who opened their set with a laboriously slow number focused mostly around the keyboards. It seemed to deflate the crowd. Still a solid performance beyond that. Good band, great guys, poor choice for an opening song, perhaps. Altogether the show was another 100.3 success.
You can check out my recent interview with Leigh Kakaty below.