Pop Evil

106.7 KBPI and The Noise Presents

Pop Evil

Palaye Royale, Black Map

Wed, February 21, 2018

6:30 pm

$22.50 Advance // $25 Day of Show

This event is all ages

Pop Evil
Pop Evil
Named as one of iTunes "Top New Artists of '08," Pop Evil continues their march across America and the airwaves.

As their fan base grows, a history lesson on how they got to "here" might help:

Lead singer Leigh Kakaty
whose background includes rap along with rock finds
drummer Dylan Allison through Leigh's best friend's room mate. Guitarist Dave Grahs is playing in another band when Leigh and Dylan invite him to join them. If you're a Grand Rapids local, you know them as TenFive.

The time: November, 2001

THE BEGINNINGS
Play the nightclub circuit, find fans, write, perform, fans, write, perform, fans – you get the idea.
Band cuts a deal with nightclubs: three sets a night – two sets of covers in exchange for one set of originals.

Leigh makes a promise to himself, for the band and its future.
"To take pride in the work we're doing now and the work we'll do in the future …and don't forget to pat yourself on the back for what might be considered a small thing."

ROLL TAPE
Write and record a three-song EP as the band now has
earned enough money from their shows to finance the recording.
Producer Al Sutton (Kid Rock) gets demo from Leigh's bro, an entertainment attorney.
Al loves what he hears. Records the band.
Result: Ready or Not EP containing the title track, along with "Somebody Like You" and "Hard Highway."

HOMETOWN BOYS MAKE GOOD
97.9 WGRD in Grand Rapids supports the band, spinning "Somebody
Like You."
Guitarist Dave Grahs shares this thought. "From the beginning it meant a lot to see our friends embrace what we were doing, but it didn't really set in just how much our local market stood behind us until I was driving down the road and heard, "Somebody Like You" on the radio.

2005. ON THE ROAD AGAIN
now with Ready or Not EP to help spread the gospel.
Two years, countless dates throughout the Midwest and Florida and 12,000 EPs sold out of the trunk of their car.
Play, write, drive, sell.

Winter, 2006. RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME
Major label radio promo rep visits WGRD in Grand Rapids to talk about label's upcoming releases. DJ gives rep a tape of Pop Evil. Leigh gets a call to meet the rep, hand delivers a five-song demo to the rep and continues to keep in contact. Rep sends Pop Evil demo to his father, who co-owns independent label, Pazzo Music. In the winter of 2007, one year following the fateful hand off at WGRD, Pop Evil signs with Pazzo Music.

2007. ROLL TAPE, FULL LENGTH CD.
Guitarist Tony Greve and bassist Matt DiRito, both from Muskegon, MI join Pop Evil. The sound is a divine collision of "crispy, crunchy, mainstream rock with a little bit of evil," thanks to the musical and cross-cultural diversity (Eastern Indian, Hispanic, Turkish, American Indian and Polish roots) of the band.

Production for CD begins with Al Sutton and Marlon Young (Kid Rock guitarist) at Rust Belt Studio in Royal Oak, Michigan. 12 songs recorded.

Band heads to spring break in Panama City for more gigs and gets word that Pazzo wants more. In Florida, in-between shows, band does pre-production at Destin Recording with Dave Cox.

Band heads back to Michigan (Canton) with producer Chuck Alkazian at Pearl Sound to complete the three final songs for the CD.

2008
May: Pop Evil complete recording their first,
full-length CD, Lipstick on the Mirror.

August 12, 2008
Street date for Pop Evil's Lipstick on the Mirror.

After eight years of funky bars, sleeping in cars and miles of highway leading to another strange city, nothing has changed. Well, perhaps a bit.

Pop Evil has toured consistently since (and prior to) the release of Lipstick on the Mirror with a combination of headline dates and "Special Guest" support with Puddle of Mudd, Tesla, Theory of a Deadman, P.O.D. and Saliva.

"We watch the bands opening for us," states bassist Matt DiRito, "and we not only remember what it was like for us in that slot. We know that band is warming up the crowd for us and in turn, there will always be something for us to learn from them."

Lead vocalist Leigh Kakaty carries a video recorder with him at all times as the ideas for melodies or lyrics happen constantly.

"There is no separation from my life and my music," states Leigh. "Pop Evil is lifestyle; leading instead of following and having your opinions matter. It is about being heard when no one wants to listen to you. It is about trying to fit in when no one has room for you. It is about overcoming obstacle after obstacle and knowing how to reward yourself for the little things when there are no rewards from your peers. Pop Evil is about making the world BELIEVE."

Time for you to believe.
Welcome to Pop Evil.
Palaye Royale
Palaye Royale
The fashion-art rock band Palaye consisting of Remington Leith, Sebastian Danzig, Emerson Barrett has been named champions of MTV's "Musical March Madness" 2014. They are the first unsigned act ever to compete in and win this fan-voted tournament. The global Samsung Galaxy Note commercial that features Palaye Royale's single "Get Higher" continues to make an impression and make history.

Songwriters, performers, rockstars, co-producers, filmmakers, champions. Years ahead of their time, frontman Remington Leith, guitarist and organist Sebastian Danzig and drummer Emerson Barrett formed Palaye Royale in late 2011 and are now champions of MTV's "Musical March Madness," now in its fifth year. The history-making band is the first unsigned act ever to be fan-voted to compete in the NCAA-style music competition, pitting 64 bands against one another that ultimately saw Palaye Royale defeating Linkin Park in the championships. Palaye Royale can now call themselves victors beating out several major acts in the process including Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, Bastille, Tokio Hotel, We Are The In Crowd and finally Linkin Park.

A winning mentality has always been top-of-mind for the guys, whose last several months have been a whirlwind. Samsung Galaxy Note hand-picked Palaye Royale's "Get Higher" for a commercial that aired globally on digital billboards in London's Piccadilly Circus, Madrid, Spain and Singapore's Orchard Road in December 2013 - once again making history - as the first-ever unsigned act integrated into Samsung branding. In the illustrated and interactive ad spot, the trio's recent hit, the infectious retro "Get Higher" is the focal point with all members of Palaye Royale using Samsung products in their everyday routine - checking their Samsung watch for their tour schedule, drawing on the Note tablet, playing video and even walking down the legendary Abbey Road with devices in hand. Nearly closing in on 1 Million views on YouTube, the music video for "Get Higher" is quickly catching on with fans and brands as a favorite.

Palaye Royale kicked off their career with debut single "Morning Light" in early 2012, garnering 20 Million+ views on YouTube. The introspective, coming-of-age tune cemented the band's fan base, known as Soldiers of the Royal Council, which currently includes 75 fan groups globally, including Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, The Philippines, Brazil, UK and France. Palaye Royale's Soldiers of the Royal Council are part of a youth revolution and movement in music that is making history for the band, building via social media and powering their impressive view counts for their self-created music videos, which they call art films as well as attention around MTV's "Musical March Madness." Palaye Royale has also performed a string of successful sold-out west coast dates in California and Las Vegas.

"Palaye Royale are set apart by their artistry and integrity...'indie' in every sense of the word, completely 'hands-on' from their words and musical arrangements as well as directing and producing their own music videos to handling their own social media." -Pop Vulture
Black Map
Black Map
Venue Information:
Summit Music Hall
1902 Blake St.
Denver, CO, 80208
http://thesummitmusichall.com/