This past May’s incarnation of Rock on the Range, the annual Hard Rock/Metal fest held in Columbus, Ohio, was far from noteworthy in terms of idiosyncratic performances. Heavyweights such as A Perfect Circle, Danzig and Korn played sets that were so technically well-orchestrated that they offered little in the way of spontaneity or unusual detail; most bands’ ROTR performances were interchangeable with any other night on tour.
Pop Evil, a five-piece from Grand Rapids, Mich., was the one major exception to this humdrum, assembly-line approach
. In-between songs, vocalist Leigh Kakaty took a moment to show off a recording contract — presumably, the one the band signed to Universal Republic. The major label arm issued their first studio album, Lipstick on the Mirror
, in 2008, but its follow-up remained in limbo. Kakaty explained that their second record wasn’t out yet due to some dispute with Universal Republic. “
Fuck that shit,” he declared, dramatically tearing up the contract and flinging the scraps into the air.
Now, there is a possibility that Pop Evil regurgitated this display later, but at that moment, it was satisfying to witness something at ROTR that felt daring and off-the-script.
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