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Interview:
Pop Evil acoustic at Saint Andrew's Hall, 5 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Pop Evil has made a lot of noise during the past 15 years -- on stage with its music and also on radio, where it's notched 16 Top 10 Mainstream Rock hits, five of which have been No. 1.



The Muskegon group is ending the year on a softer note, however.



Frontman Leigh Kakaty and guitarist Nick Fuelling have embarked on an a short acoustic tour, playing six dates unplugged version of Pop Evil favorites such as "Trenches," "Torn to Pieces," "Footsteps," "Walking Lions" and more along with, Kakaty promises, surprises. It's a different way to hear, and see, the group, and it will provide an exciting bridge into Pop Evil's 2020...



Acoustic shows are "something we've been talking about for awhile," Kakaty says by phone. "A lot of these songs are written on the acoustic (guitar) and then we take them and make them heavier and do our thing with them, make them more Pop Evil driven. We have some hidden tracks on the earlier recurs that were more acoustic versions of particular songs, so there's definitely a kind of demand from our fan base for that. Maybe we can make it a seasonal thing and do acoustic shows around the holidays. We're just excited to see how it goes"



Kataky says timing helped make the acoustic dates happen, too. "We're home a lot of times for the holidays. Hayley (Cramer, drummer) is in England, and Matt (DiRito) is doing a bunch of things and Dave (Grahs)'s doing his own thing, so it's a chance more me to rest the band and go out and just bring me and Nick and get a different perspective for us, touring, and give the fans something different."



Kataky expects the shows to be open-ended and more flexible than Pop Evil's larger-scale rock shows. "We'll obviously play some of the old hits acoustically, but hopefully there'll be some new things as well. There may be a little VH1 'Storytellers,' sometimes a Q&A. I'm definitely excited about some of these new songs we have, and maybe some Christmas songs for the holiday. We're gonna just dive in and I'll just feel the room out. We just want to make it enjoyable and special for the fans."



Could it lead to an acoustic album? "It depends on demand," Kataky says. "If this becomes really special then, yeah, we can consider it. There's definitely some songs I've written over the years that I don't know if they're Pop Evil songs or if they in what we've done so far, so maybe that'd be a place for them."



Pop Evil is planning to take "a little hiatus" during early 2020, but the group is already working on its next album and coming up with what Kataky calls "some of my favorite" stuff. "There's never a direction at this point. We want to obviously have guitars and have them loud and have it heavy, but we also want to stay true to the groove that we've had with songs like 'Footsteps' and 'Take It All' and 'Ways to Get High.' We have that Pop and more vocal, melodic songs, but then of course there's the Evil that's just straight heavy -- so basically what we've always done. We're just trying to shape it and make it be better."



Pop Evil plays a special acoustic show Sunday, Dec, 8 at Saint Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Avalon Black opens. Doors at 7:30 p.m. $23 and $35. 313-961-8137 or saintandrewsdetroit.com

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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