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Being in a rock band is easy, right? Living life like a Nickelback song with hilltop houses, driving 15 cars ?

The rock-star lifestyle may come eventually, but for a budding band trying to make its mark on the music scene, the journey to the top isn??t a cake walk. Pop Evil has paid its dues, and with the release of its second album, ??War of Angels,? members are finally able to call themselves full-time rockers.

??This album was produced by Johnny K, who worked with 3 Doors Down and Megadeth, and we were so excited to work with someone who could help us compete with the big guys,? said lead vocalist Leigh Kakaty. ??We are finally doing it full time with music being our focal point. This album was the first opportunity to explore our minds musically and focus on that instead of money and working side jobs, which kept us distracted.?

Creating a new album allowed band members to grow together, causing an evolution in its sound, resulting in new music that fans can deeply connect with, yet still rock out hard to.

??The album is about the battle we do combat in life, who we want to be as people, what our purpose is in the world ? those battles we lead and finding happiness in bad situations that can be challenging for us,? said Kakaty. ??It??s about finding our place when we leave this world.?

From the heart-wrenching ??Monster You Made? to the head-banging new single ??Boss?? Daughter,? Pop Evil has managed to create a record that runs the gamut from the emotionally distraught to the hardcore rocker.

??This is an emotional record ?? we have a variety of songs for all types of people,? Kakaty explained. ??The direction we go depends on the songs; we want the best hook, the catchiest melodies. We never know which way the album is going until we start developing the songs.?

Pop Evil hasn??t been able to spend as much time touring in Pennsylvania as it would like to, so its members are incredibly excited to perform at Three Kings in Jermyn Wednesday, March 14. Kakaty encourages fans to stick around after the show for some one-on-one time with the band.

??We are really excited about getting in there and building more of a following, make more of a hands-on connection with fans here,? he said. ??Fans can expect a lot of energy and excitement ?? this is an exciting area, and we are definitely going to come with more aggression than most because we don??t get to come here a lot.?

Pop Evil / Otherwise / Lansdowne, Wed., March 14, 7 p.m., Three Kings (603 Scranton/Carbondale Highway, Jermyn). Tickets: $9.97 advance, $12 at door. Info: popevil.com, 570.876.3660

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