“Pop Evil” Shakes Up Track 29 “Within Reason”

Friday, January 17, 2014 - by Mark Herndon

I heard a few weeks ago that something evil was coming back into the Chattanooga Music scene. I think it wasn’t put quite that way by one of my friends in the inner circle. However, it didn’t take me long with a little bit of social media prowling to come up with the nature of the threat.

I always enjoy a variety of musical taste on the menu and certainly Chattanooga can bring it on.  Music makes us happy, some makes us sad… some just eases the soul…. And, yes, some will shimmy shake your bones.   So a threat is coming?… really evil? ripping rock’n roll, with crash of metal and a twist of alternative punk. Then it occurred to me…….It has to be “Pop Evil.” I remembered it was on the Volkswagen stage, couple of years ago during the summer of 2012 at the huge Chattanooga party by the river, a/k/a Riverbend Festival. 

Our music friends of the festival brought not Kiss, or Poison to the river, it was a “Yankee” band of musicians who found themselves breaking out in the Tennessee river city.  They came from Michigan as noted with some of the best musical influences. Detroit best known for years of producing heavy metal (automobiles) but also produced Bob Seger, Grand Funk Railroad, Kid Rock and Eminem. Kiss adopted it as a second home in “Detroit Rock City.”

Pop Evil says their music “is the natural summation and continuation of all of those elements, distilled into powerful art.”  The alternate punk rockers “Pop Evil” who at Riverbend shook the stage with songs like “Daisy Chain ~ Everybody wants to ride” …… a song that exploded the crowd from the stage as lead vocal Leigh Kakaty grabbed the mic and lead his band to rock the stage…… looking around the stage at each band member no doubt was committed to the passion of being in Chattanooga at the moment sharing their evil……. That was the summer of 2012.

Now it’s this cold week in January, already one of the coldest days of the year so far as well-noted Chattanooga Rock 105 DJ Boner introduced Pop Evil who came back to Chattanooga with fire in their eyes bringing hard rock, chaos and attitude. They say it’s the “type of music inspires like-minded outsiders to optimism.”  It was impossible to contain this group of spirited-minded and very talented musicians as they literally shook the house at the end of Track 29. 

These are the moments I tried to capture with photography revealing  the passion and spirit of the guys in front of their music and fans.  The members of the band are Leigh Kakaty - lead vocals and founder, Josh Marunde – drums, Dave Grahs - rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals, Matt DiRito - bass, backing vocals, and Nick Fuelling - lead and rhythm guitar.

This story would not be complete without giving credit to the Birmingham AL group “Within Reason” playing their opening gig in Chattanooga for the first time.  The huge crowd of all ages warmed up to them immediately with breaking their music set twice.  Stopping once as WR drummer stopped to give a couple of pair of drumsticks to some twin boys who managed with the help of their mom and dad to be on the front rail. Then another unexpected change was when Pop Evil’s lead vocalist Leigh Kakaty came out and joined “Within Reason” performing the song “We had it all”. What a class act that Pop Evil showed by sharing a song with these kids from “Within Reason” set.

Within Reason, loaded with various talents, personalities and music, will be shared on this page soon.  I think my prediction would be “Within Reason” could be on the path to Riverbend or Nightfall soon.

Track 29 continues to introduce the Chattanooga music scene with a variety of entertainment for the river city.  Check out the social media outlet at https://www.facebook.com/Track29https://www.facebook.com/popevil, and https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWithinReason  for more information.

Mark A Herndon, CPG
Professional photographer
m.a.herndon@comcast.net


Tickets For Disney On Ice On Sale Sept. 5

Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove is "a magical medley of Disney tales in one jam-packed ice show that commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films." This skating performance visits Chattanooga from Thursday, Nov. 6, to Sunday, Nov. 9, for six performances at UTC McKenzie Arena.  Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 5. Review for Disney On Ice: Get tangled up in Disney’s ... (click for more)

Screening Of Rocketship X-M Is Sept. 18

There will be two screening of Rocketship X-M on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Heritage House Arts and Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Road.  Rocketship X-M (1950) is directed by Kurt Neumann and stars Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., Hugh O'Brian and Morris Ankrum. An astronaut crew of four men and one woman on their way to the moon, are unexpectedly ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Insurance Burden Should Not Fall On The Teachers

I have attended several Hamilton County School Board meetings over the past few months, including the recent special called meeting" to vote on teacher insurance changes. First, let me say I am very impressed with Superintendent Rick Smith and his staff at the Central Office.  Mr. Smith is a very dedicated public servant, working hard to provide services to our community ... (click for more)