What does a college town in the middle of Indiana do the Friday before going home for the holidays? They headed to Club Fever in South Bend to watch a incredible rock show headlined by Pop Evil with three killer openers. Letters from the Fire kicked the night off with their heavy sound and amazing performance. The bass player, Clayton, especially captivated the audience with his skill and passion thrown into every song; definitely keep an eye out for these up-and-coming guys.
Next was Islander, an even heavier, rocking band with an insane front man, Mikey, who continuously engaged the crowd keeping them entertained and excited. At one point he walked into the sea of people, standing on their hands and continuing to sing his heart out. Red Sons Rising powered out as direct support and wooed the now-packed venue as they awaited the main act. Direct support can be a tough position when fans are as passionate as Pop Evil’s, but Red Sons Rising fed the crowd what they were there for, a real, dynamic, lively rock n’ roll show. Hair flying, loud guitars, energy and power all combined to make their gritty, exciting show unique and memorable.
When Pop Evil finally took the stage, it seemed as though they were friends with every person in the audience. After seeing them many places across the US, it is clear they bring the same enthusiastic, powerful, raw show no matter where they are. That is an important aspect to have in a band, and it is why they have picked up so much steam across the country these past years. Their “Onyx” LP came out almost 2 years ago, and they have had three number-one singles off of it, showing how committed they are to their work as artists and making every song count.
They opened the show with “Flawed” and went right into “Hero,” continuing to play crowd favorites all night like “100 in A 55,” “Boss’s Daughter,” “Last Man Standing” and ended with “Torn to Pieces,” before coming out for an encore with “Deal With the Devil” and “Trenches.” The crowd received a stimulating, electrifying rock show full of hits they sang along to all night, leaving them recharged and ready to take on the holiday fun. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Pop Evil is one of the best hard rock acts out there, and they prove that you can have great radio hits while still delivering a hard-hitting, impressive, kicka** live show.