I was a latecomer to the Pop Evil train, I admit. My friend Derek is a huge fan of the band and his enthusiasm helped me listen with unbiased ears not long ago. I liked what I heard, listened some more and realized I’ve been exposed to tons of Pop Evil’s music over the last decade through the radio and licensing deals for TV and movies. I was like, “Oh, I know this song. Wait, I know this one, too.” I just didn’t know Pop Evil was the artist. So I listened some more as a johnny-come-lately to the scene and realized all those songs I’d been hearing on the radio for years were from this one band… an amazing, diverse group of musicians from Michigan (with one notable recent addition, which we’ll get to) with solid musicianship and great songs — Trenches, Footsteps, and Waking Lions among them.
Troy Larson is a father, author, and photographer originally from Minot, North Dakota, now residing in Fargo.