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February 21, 2014

Mich. natives Pop Evil rock Saturday

TRAVERSE CITY — Pop Evil had six top-40 mainstream rock hits prior to the release of 2013’s Onyx album.

But it’s been Onyx’s performance which lead singer Leigh Kakaty thinks has really propelled the band into the limelight.

The album has already spawned two No. 1 singles — “Trenches” and “Deal With The Devil” — and a new single for “Torn to Pieces” is about to be released.

The Michigan-based band plays Saturday at Streeters Ground Zero as part of a short headlining tour before taking off two weeks to a shoot a video in Canada for “Torn to Pieces.”

“We just got done with the tour with Stone Sour,” Kakaty said. “That was amazing. Every show sold out. It was the biggest exposure for us of any tour in our career. The timing of that and the success of the recent album, everything is just coming to a point.

“It definitely feels like it’s the start of it. People are starting to say, ‘Oh, Pop Evil, I’ve heard of them.’ There’s still a ton of people who haven’t seen us yet live or who really know who we are truly, but I think we’ve definitely opened up some eyes where people are starting to take notice.”

After a handful of headlining shows — two of which are in the band’s home state of Michigan — Pop Evil heads off to open up for Five Finger Death Punch for a 17-stop European tour starting March 10.

“To be more a world-wide brand is something we’ve always dreamed of,” Kakaty said. “To finally have it come to fruition is another success story from this record.”

The four-piece outfit plays a sold-out show tonight at The Machine Shop in Flint before Saturday’s show in Traverse City. Other acts on the bill include Crackjaw, Coldville, 5th Way and Scarkasm.

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