Bassist Matt DiRito Exits Pop Evil

Bassist Matt DiRito has announced his departure from Pop Evil. A replacement has yet to be revealed.

DiRito issued the following statement:

So long, but not goodbye.

The time has come for me to part ways with Pop Evil.

The decision has been made that I will not be joining them on their upcoming tour, or any future tours.

Walking away from something I’ve helped build is not easy- but it is the best thing for the band, myself and our respective futures. Pop Evil will continue on and so will I, just not together.

The details surrounding my departure are only known by a few people, and respectfully it will remain that way.

Having the opportunity to meet so many fans across the world is something that has made a lasting impression on my heart. I would have loved to play for you all one more time, and I am sorry that it did not work out that way. I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your endless support and love.

I wish Pop Evil nothing but success in all of their future endeavors and I am thankful for the time (2007-2021) that I was able to be part of it. ~Matt DiRito”

Pop Evil Announce U.S. Tour

Pop Evil have announced a headlining U.S. tour. Zero 9:36, BRKN LOVE and Like Machines will open on select dates. Several shows will also find Pop Evil opening for Shinedown.

Tour Dates:

Jul. 14 – Lake County, IL @ Blarney Island – WIIL Summer Series
Jul. 16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Upheaval Festival
Jul. 17 – Caddott, WI @ Cadott Festival
Jul. 18 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s #
Jul. 20 – Minot, ND @ The Original #
Jul. 21 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station #
Jul. 23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
Jul. 24 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater #
Jul. 25 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee #
Jul. 27 – Lubbock, TX @ Jakes Sport Café #
Jul. 29 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live #
Jul. 30 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live #
Jul. 31 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman Theater #
Aug. 01 – Sauget, IL @ Pops #
Aug. 03 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater #
Aug. 04 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle #
Aug. 05 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierres #
Aug. 06 – Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino (feat. Shinedown)
Aug. 07 – Louisville, KY @ Waterfront Park (feat. Shinedown)
Aug. 08 – Evansville, IN @ Marina Point ^
Aug. 10 – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion (feat. Shinedown)
Aug. 11 – Camdenton, MO @ Ozark Amp (feat. Shinedown)
Aug. 13 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
Aug. 14 – Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock Battery Park (feat. Shinedown)
Aug. 15 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater #
Aug. 18 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary Events Center #
Aug. 20 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge #
Aug. 21 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl #
Aug. 23 – Savannah, GA @ Victory North #
Aug. 24 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
Aug. 25 – Jasonville, NC @ Hooligans #
Aug. 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27 #
Aug. 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls #
Sep. 01 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater *
Sep. 04 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
Sep. 08 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall #
Sep. 09 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop #
Sep. 10 – Harrisburg, PA @ XL Live #
Sep. 11 – Mansfield, OH @ Inkcarceration Fest
Sep. 12 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rockfest
Sep. 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live #
Sep. 16 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom #
Sep. 17 – Portland, ME @ Aura *
Sep. 18 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s *
Sep. 21 – Huntsville, Al @ Mars Music Hall – Von Braun Center *
Sep. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater *
Sep. 23 – Destin, FL @ Club LA *
Sep. 24 – Orlando, FL @ Central FL Fairgrounds – Rebel Rock Fest
Oct. 08 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

# with Zero 9:36 and BRKN LOVE
* with BRKN LOVE and Like Machines
^ with Zero 9:36

Pop Evil Premiere New Song “Set Me Free”

Pop Evil have premiered a new song titled “Set Me Free.” This track is from the band’s new album “Versatile,” which will be released on May 21. The group commented:

“We are very excited to announce our sixth studio album is being released May 21. ‘Versatile’ is available for pre-order now! With this launch we are releasing a brand-new track from the album, ‘Set Me Free’, which embodies the challenging times the world has faced this past year. We are very proud and humbled to see our current single ‘Breathe Again’ trending Top 5 on the rock radio charts, and the video being embraced by our fans. We can’t wait for you all to hear the rest of the album, as we feel it’s our strongest to date.”

“Versatile” Track Listing:

01. “Let the Chaos Reign”
02. “Set Me Free”
03. “Breathe Again”
04. “Work”
05. “Inferno”
06. “Stronger (The Time Is Now)”
07. “Raise Your Flag”
08. “Human Nature”
09. “Survivor”
10. “Worst in Me”
11. “Same Blood”
12. “Fire Inside”

Pop Evil Premiere New Songs “Work” & “Let The Chaos Reign”

Pop Evil have premiered two new songs, “Work” and “Let The Chaos Reign.” Both tracks will appear on the band’s upcoming album.

Leigh Kakaty told Loudwire the following about “Let The Chaos Reign”:

“This track reflects the anxiety of the times although that was not its intention, but definitely fits the moment. It gives me hope that we can beat this pandemic so we all can get back to those little things we use to take for granted. We all have to do our part. Until then, ‘Let The Chaos Reign.’”

He also added the following about “Work”:

“The decision to choose this song almost felt even more fitting as a lead single because of the state of the world during this horrible pandemic happening. The song is about being stuck in a mental rut, life in general is all ‘Work’. With technology infused in our lives, human communication and social media are at an all-time high. It’s almost impossible to completely shut down and rest your mind. This song embodies the angst and the emotions of just wanting to be left alone for a minute. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that can relate to ‘Work’ even more so now than ever.”

Pop Evil Tease New Songs “Work” & “Let The Chaos Reign”

Pop Evil have posted teasers for two new songs, “Work” and “Let The Chaos Reign.” Both tracks will be released on Thursday (April 30).

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Pop Evil Announce Spring North American Tour

Pop Evil have announced a spring North American tour. Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, JunkBunny, Like Machines, and Stuck On Planet Earth will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

05/08 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground (with Stuck On Planet Earth and JunkBunny)
05/09 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre (with Stuck On Planet Earth and JunkBunny)
05/10 Kingston, ON – Ale House & Canteen (with Stuck On Planet Earth and JunkBunny)
05/12 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles (with Stuck On Planet Earth and JunkBunny)
05/14 Portland, ME – Aura (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
05/15 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
05/16 Atlantic City, NJ – Anchor Rock Club ACNJ (with Joyous Wolf and JunkBunny)
05/17 Columbus – OH – Sonic Temple
05/19 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
05/20 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
05/22 Charlotte, NC – The Underground at the Fillmore Charlotte (with Joyous Wolf and JunkBunny)
05/23 Orlando, FL – House of Blues Orlando (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
05/24 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum (with Joyous Wolf and JunkBunny)
05/27 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
05/28 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues New Orleans (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
05/29 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live (co-headliner with Hoobastank)
05/30 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill & Gas Monkey Live (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
06/01 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
06/02 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
06/03 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
06/04 Seattle, WA – The Showbox (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
06/06 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory (with Joyous Wolf, BRKN Love, and JunkBunny)
06/07 Kamloops, BC – CJ’s Lounge & Night Club (with BRKN Love and JunkBunny)
06/09 Calgary, AB – The Gateway (with BRKN Love and JunkBunny)
06/10 Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s (with BRKN Love and JunkBunny)
06/12 Regina, SK – The Exchange (with BRKN Love and JunkBunny)
06/13 Minot, ND – The Original Bar and Nightclub (with BRKN Love, JunkBunny, and Like Machines)
06/15 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s (with BRKN Love, JunkBunny, and Like Machines)
06/17 Denver, CO – Summit Denver (with BRKN Love, JunkBunny, and Like Machines)
06/18 Kansas City, MO – The Truman (with BRKN Love, JunkBunny, and Like Machines)
06/19 Evansville, IN – KC’s Marina Pointe (with BRKN Love, JunkBunny, and Like Machines)
06/20 Madison, WI – The Sylvee (with JunkBunny and Like Machines)
06/21 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater (with BRKN Love, JunkBunny, and Like Machines)
06/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom (with BRKN Love, JunkBunny, and Like Machines)
06/25 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre (with BRKN Love, JunkBunny, and Like Machines)
06/26 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge (with BRKN Love, JunkBunny, and Like Machines)
06/27 Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall (with BRKN Love, JunkBunny, and Like Machines)

Pop Evil Premiere “Be Legendary” Music Video

Pop Evil have premiered a new video for their song “Be Legendary.” This track is from the band’s latest self-titled album.

Frontman Leigh Kakaty commented:

“When we were first writing this song, it started with this addictive-yet-hypnotic guitar riff. Suddenly I could see our fans coming together as one. I just felt like this was going to be a great opportunity to write an anthemic type of lyrical song that could positively motivate people. Now we see all our fans posting on social media how this song motivates them in their daily lives. Plus, to see how passionate they are whenever they hear us perform it live. Time will tell just how big this song can become.”

Director Columbia Tatone added:

“This story is for the underdogs. It’s about friendship and togetherness. A reminder that although life doesn’t always ‘play fair,’ know that our trials are a gift as you build sustaining character, discovering what you’re indeed made of and made for as you earn the victory on the climb back up.”