Pop Evil Premiere “Footsteps”

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Update #1: Footage of Pop Evil performing “Footsteps” live for the first time ever has also appeared online. That footage, as well as the official song stream, can be found at the end of this post.

Original post: Michigan hard rock juggernaut Pop Evil have shared the first single from their upcoming album, and I’m willing to bet it’s not what you were expecting them to deliver.

“Footsteps” is the first official offering from Pop Evil’s Up, the immensely anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Onyx, to find its way online. The song premiered at noon today, June 1, on iHeartRadio. You can stream the song below.

When we last heard from Pop Evil, the band had shed its classic rock influences in lieu of something a bit heavier, which seemed to pay off as Onyx spawned multiple top 10 hits. “Footsteps” turns the tables once more, delivering a rock-driven sound that is paired with an undeniably heavy pop influence, and the results are quite catchy. I don’t know if recent adopters will be on board with the lighter sound of this material, but I do know that every rock radio station from New York to Los Angeles, as well those around the globe, will embrace this track with open arms.

We have already requested a copy of Up from the band’s label, but seeing as the release will not hit stores until the end of summer it’s unlikely that we will hear the record in full any time soon. That said, having spoken to the band in the last month, I can tell you they claim other tracks on Up are far heavier than “Footsteps,” so if this doesn’t do it for you please don’t lose hope. Pop Evil are the same band you have loved this entire time, only now they’re taking yet another step in their pursuit of rock perfection. Comment below and let us know if you dig the new song. Follow UTG on Twitter for more Pop Evil news and announcements.

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