Exclusive: Hayley Cramer of Pop Evil Talks New Music, Gear, and Quarantine
With their 2008 debut album Lipstick on the Mirror and the hit single “Hero” and “100 in a 55,” Pop Evil began making their mark on the hard rock world. Blending heavy riffs with melodic grooves and top-notch songwriting, the band soon became a force to be reckoned with. Over the next several years, Pop Evil would release four more monster records garnering over one million in cumulative album sales worldwide and over 600 million streams. Their relentless touring schedule helped drive a huge fan base and earned them multiple Number One Rock Singles on the Billboard charts with songs “Trenches,” “Deal with the Devil,” “Footsteps,” and “Waking Lions,” among others.
This winter the band was busy working on their sixth studio album, finishing up the recording process right before the global COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives seemingly overnight. They have recently released two new tracks to whet fans’ appetites in anticipation of the new upcoming album. “Let The Chaos Reign” can be classified as a “fight song,” a song that speaks to rising up and meeting new challenges, something that has become all the more relatable in today’s world. It’s also one of the heaviest tunes that Pop Evil has ever done and after just one listen, you’ll be wanting to pump your fist in the air and dream of the future when we can all come together in a sea of musical madness at a live show once again.
The next song “Work” takes on a very different vibe. You still have the heavy guitar work but all with an underlying groove that makes you want to get up and move. It’s got a lot of electronic elements and EDM flourishes throughout and Cramer had a blast tracking the drums on this song, experimenting with different instruments and sounds. The song is contagious and is a shout out to the working class struggling to persevere as they go about their daily lives. It reminds me a lot of the Bachman Turner Overdrive classic “Takin’ Care of Business” as I can imagine driving to work jamming to “Work” just as I did to the BTO tune years ago.
Shutter 16 had the chance to catch up with drummer Hayley Cramer from her flat in London and find out all the details. You can listen to our interview in full below.