Is the bridge between life-affirming hard rock hit-making and the burgeoning new frontier of genre-bending postmodern playlists. A crowd-pleasing band unafraid to embrace the heaviest and most melodic ends of the spectrum, with a seemingly endless stream of No. 1 hits veering between fist-pumping anthems and timeless power ballads. POP EVIL delivers their most ambitious rebirth yet with a jaw-dropping sixth album.
A rapper, singer, and musician with an aggressive style and an angry world view, Zero 9:36 rose from a cult figure in the Philadelphia hip-hop community to an alternative artist with a nationwide following by the time he was 22. Under the name Zero, his machine-gun delivery and caustic verses made him a talent to watch with his 2016 mixtape Paradise Campground. By 2019, he'd changed his handle to Zero 9:36 and combined rapping and singing as guitars and electronics took on a bigger place in his arrangements on the 2019 EP You Will Not Be Saved.
Led by singer/guitarist Justin Benlolo, Los Angeles' BRKN LOVE play a classic strain of riffy, hard-driving rock & roll whose influences range from Led Zeppelin and Soundgarden to more contemporary acts like Royal Blood.
Growing up in Toronto, the music-obsessed Benlolo recognized his calling early. Dropping out of school at 16, he moved to New York with the aim of pursuing his rock & roll dream. After a couple of rough and tumble years writing, practicing, and trying to forge connections, he moved to L.A. where his career prospects began to improve. Using the name BRKN LOVE, he cut a set of demos that piqued the interest of producer Joel Hamilton. Together the two hammered out an album's worth of songs and, thanks to a full-band showcase gig in New York, BRKN LOVE earned a contract with Spinefarm Records. In advance of the album's release, they issued their debut single, "Shot Down," in early 2019.