Pop Evil has announced that its new drummer is Hayley Cramer, a British musician who has previously played in the band McQueen. Cramer replaces Josh “Chachi” Marunde, who exited the group last month after a five-year stint. Frontman Leigh Kakaty spoke about the change: [“You know, we got some new blood, it’s a new chapter for the band, so we’re excited to, you know, just see where this takes us. It’s always difficult when you have a member change, but this transition couldn’t have been any better. It just feels like it’s been very natural, very organic and, you know, we’re excited for this next chapter.”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . this next chapter.)
Kakaty told Radio Contraband about Cramer, “She’s amazing. She’s from Brighton. We love her. And we didn’t think this was gonna work, cause we were, like, ‘A girl on the bus? I don’t know if this is the right idea.’ But we already knew she could play the drums. And if you haven’t seen her play the drums, she slays it. But you know what? She’s even become a better sister, so I love her.”
Cramer told us that she heard about the gig through an American friend in the music business and jumped all over it: [“I checked out the albums and I was like literally punching the air in the car. I was like, ‘Yes, this is me! This is me! Gotta do this.’ So I sent loads of videos over to them, got in touch, Skype, the lot…it just felt right. Came over to Grand Rapids, had a rehearsal, hit the road and it feels good.”]
Marunde is said to be taking a new opportunity that will allow him to spend more time with family.
Up, Pop Evil’s fourth album, was released last August. The latest single is “Take It All.”
The band will team up with 3 Doors Down and Red Sun Rising for a late summer/early fall tour that will kick off on August 26th in Charleston, West Virginia.