Michigan rockers POP EVIL have spent the last few months recording an all-new LP, due out early next year. The group has been collaborating with veteran producer Kato Khandwala at Studio A in Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and is finishing up the disc in Los Angeles.
Speaking to Meltdown of the WRIF radio station at the first-ever Riff Fest, which was held September 29 at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, POP EVIL bassist Matt DiRito stated about the progress of the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2015's "Up" album (see video below): "It's been our longest time in the studio ever. Usually our turnaround is about three months in the studio. And this time we've been working on it since, like, May.
"We're just taking our time," he continued. "We're working with a different producer. His approach is… he's very thorough with all the sounds and the songs. Instead of having some crazy digital samples, like if we have some weird effect we wanna do, he'll make us sit down and do it organically with, like, tambourines and shakers and triangles. All those little things, I think, kind of improve the quality, overall, of the album sonically, and I think it's time well spent, but it's just overall taking longer."
During the same chat, POP EVIL's British drummer Hayley Cramer, who joined the group in 2016 following the departure of Josh "Chachi" Marunde, stated about her time in the band so far: "It's been awesome. The run-up to making the album was so busy, and that was only about a year. These guys were on the road solidly for many years, and I think that's another reason for taking so long doing this album. It was just time for them to all step away and just sit and be a musician in the bedroom again — just play and create rather than being surrounded by the bus and the world."
POP EVIL's new album is tentatively due in February. The disc's first single is expected to arrive by Halloween.
POP EVIL frontman Leigh Kakaty previously said that the band recorded "close to twenty songs" for its next LP. He has called the sessions for the effort "the smoothest recording process to date."