Marshall of Rock interview: Chatchi Riot of Pop Evil

Marshall of Rock interview: Chatchi Riot of Pop Evil

Aug 27, 2012

Grand Rapid Michigan's own Pop Evil have shown that they are really road warriors that truly care about their fans. They are seemingly always on the road or working to further the reach of the great American Rock N' Roll that they deliver. The band is currently on the Trespass America tour in support of their latest album 'War Of Angels' with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engine, Trivium and more. I had a chance to chat with Pop Evil drummer Chatchi Riot earlier this week while on the way to Oklahoma City.

 

Pop Evil are wrapping up the Trespass America Tour this week with the final show on the trek in Los Angeles, before heading out on headlining dates that will take them through September, followed by a Canadian tour through October with Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society that wraps up On Nov. 1st. Their busy touring year then wraps up on the Shiprocked Cruise on Nov. 27th with Godsmack, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Black Stone Cherry, P.O.D., Dead Sara, Sevendust, Filter, Lit, Gilby Clarke, In This Moment and more.

I first thanked Chatchi for the band bringing it back to how Rock N' Roll videos are supposed be made with their last single 'Boss's Daughter,' written with and featuring Mick Mars of Motley Crue and A LOT of eye candy, before getting the story on the lastest single (and 4th from 'War Of Angels') 'Purple.' We also touched on the band's past legal issues with their former label, who he can't believe he's met, the next album, their home state of Michigan and some football talk. Look out world, Pop Evil isn't going to stop until everybody know their name!

After our conversation, Chatchi (aka Josh Marunde) shared with me that he's a big 80's hair metal fan and let me know that a couple of videos from the band and the music of Slaughter were an important influence on him, as was the band's drummer Blas Elias. Blas is still drumming for Slaughter and is also playing in the Las Vegas production of Blue Man Group.

Special thanks to Bill Meis and Chris Iteen from eOne. Check out everything Pop Evil at: www.facebook.com/popevil and www.popevil.com

Pop Evil Tour Dates:
Aug. 31 - Impalla Ballroom - Marshalltown, IA
Sep. 1 - Taste of Madison - Madison, WI
Sep. 5 - Power Plan Live - Baltimore, MD
Sep. 7 - Rock Island Brewing Company - Rock Island, IL
Sep. 8 - Oktoberfest Grounds - La Crosse, WI (w/ Royal Bliss)
Sep. 13 - Station 7 - Laurel, DE
Sep. 14 - Fishbone Gill and Grille - Vienna, WV
Sep. 15 - Gold Crown - Harrisonburg, VA
Sep. 16 - Montgomery County Fairgrounds - Dayton, OH
Sep. 19 - Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO
Sep. 20 - State Fair Of Oklahoma - Oklahoma City, OK
Sep. 22 - Buffalo Run Casino - Miami, OK
Sep. 28 - Dekalb County Free Fall Fair - Auburn, IN
Sep. 29 - The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
Oct. 14 - Monirae's - Pennellville, NY
Oct. 18 - Halifax Forum - Halifax, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 21 - Rapids Theater - Niagara Falls, NY (w/ Black Label Society)
Oct. 23 - Guelph Concert Theatre - Guelph, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 24 - Toronto, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 26 - The Community Auditorium - Thunder Bay, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 27 - Burton Cummings - Winnipeg, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 28 - Odeon - Saskatoon, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 30 - MacEwan Hall - Calgary, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Oct. 31 - Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, Canada (w/Black Label Society)
Nov. 3 - The Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, Canada (w/ Black Label Society)
Nov. 27 - Shiprocked - Ft. Lauderdale, FL


 

Rock Picks of the Week: Van Halen, Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Pop Evil, Sebastian Bach, Lenny Kravitz

Rock Picks of the Week: Van Halen, Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Pop Evil, Sebastian Bach, Lenny Kravitz

Jan 18, 2012

First up is the new Van Halen track 'Tattoo', which comes from the new album 'A Different Kind Of Truth'. The album will be released on February 8th, and although the reviews on this first single are mixed, how can I not put the new Van Halen in Rock Picks of the Week? Personally, 'Tattoo' seems to be Van Halen's attempt to maximize airplay with a radio friendly track that could be construed as being as mass appeal as possible. I would have preferred a more 'in your face.' kick ass track to introduce the album, but that obviously wasn't the consensus decision in the VH camp. Some online observations from those that have heard the entire album say that the rest of the album has some seriously rocking tracks, and I have got to think that is the case. I can't wait to hear the full album. Van Halen kick off their tour Feb. 18 in Louisville, KY at the KFC Yum! Center.


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Black Stone Cherry are back in the Rock Picks of the week for the third time with another track from one of the top rock albums of 2011, 'Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea.' 'In My Blood' could very well surpass the ascent of 'White Trash Millionaire' and 'Blame It On the Boom Boom' on the charts, as the track is already nearly Top 20 on the rock charts. It's another great track, from a great album and a fantastic American Rock Band!

Let's all request the song on our local rock radio stations and jack it up even more!


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Road Warriors BSC will be back on the road in the U.S. with Cavo starting Jan. 30 in Omaha, Nebraska. The guys will keep it going with a headlining trek in Europe starting in March. Keep kicking ass guys!

Shinedown are back with their new track 'Bully.' The anti-bullying anthem come from their upcoming album, 'Amaryllis,' to be released on March 27 from Atlantic Records. 'Amaryllis' sees Shinedown joining forces once more with producer Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day), who previously collaborated with the band on 2008's hugely successful 'The Sound of Madness.' They recorded at Cavallo's Lightning Sound studios outside of Los Angeles as well as a pair of Hollywood landmarks, Ocean Way Recording and Capitol Studios.

"I've always seen Shinedown as its own entity – this living thing that's been growing and developing and evolving over the past 10 years," said frontman Brent Smith. "During the recording, the vision of what Shinedown is and where it's going became completely clear. Amaryllis is the manifestation of that vision, the centerpiece of what Shinedown is. It reflects on everything we've done and where we're heading. It's a message of empowerment, perseverance, and inspiration that I think speaks to fans that have been with us since the beginning as well as those who are just learning about who we are and what we're about. I can't wait for the world to hear it."

The song is already nearly Top 10 at rock radio. Shinedown kick off a tour of Germany and the U.K. on February 1st in Hamburg.


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Michigan rockers Pop Evil have released another kick ass track from their latest album 'War Of Angels.' The sexy 'Boss's Daughter' is hell on heels! The third single from 'War Of Angels' was co-wriiten with Mick Mars of Motley Crue. Leigh Kakaty (vocals),Tony Greve (guitar), Davey Grahs (guitar), Dylan Allison (drums) and Matt DiRito worked their asses off in 2011, and they will continue to keep the momentum going into 2012 with another great track and continuous touring. These guys deserve all the success they have gotten and continue to build on the Pop Evil brand. I am really liking what the band are bringing and want to see them live, as I haven't done so yet.

 

Pop Evil have released a deluxe version of 'War Of Angels' on iTunes with 4 tracks not on the original album and kick off yet another tour on January 19 in Ottawa, Illinois.


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The band have to be happy that Michigan Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson is coming back to the big house for his senior year. They are huge Wolverine fans, and even wrote a song in tribute.


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Sebastian Bach is up next with 'Tunnelvision', the second track released from his great album 'Kicking & Screaming.' Seb wrapped up 2011 in fantastic fashion, opening up for Guns N' Roses on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas. Bach will continue to be busy in 2012, starting with some gigs singing with the Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) Band at Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on Friday Jan. 27th, Saturday the 28th & Sunday the 29th. There will be a live webcast at 8 and 10pm for the Jan. 28th concert at iridiumlive.net. Bach will continue his solo headlining dates on Feb. 2nd in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Lenny Kravitz has released "Push', the second single from his latest album 'Black And White America.' It's an inspirational song inspiring us to keep pushing, to find our place, find our way home.  


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Lenny has a big 2012 in store. Besides a U.S. tour coming up, he participated in Amnesty International's latest music project, 'Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.' Lenny recorded "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" for the collection, which will support Amnesty's life-saving human rights work. You can also see Lenny in the highly anticipated movie version of 'The Hunger Games' as Cinna on March 23rd. It promises to be one of the movies of the year. Lenny was great in 'Precious,' and he was recently featured in yet another hilarious 'Funny Or Die' video, 'Lenny Kravitz Is Angry.'  

Lenny kicks off his North American tour on Jan. 27th in Boston. Here's the dates:
Jan. 27 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
Jan. 28 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
Jan. 30 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore
Jan. 31 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater
Feb. 7 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
Feb. 10 - Denver, CO - Buell Theatre
Feb. 12 - Phoenix, AZ; Comerica
Feb. 14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
Feb. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
Feb. 19 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Las Vegas
Feb. 22 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre
Feb. 23 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage
Feb. 25 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore


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