The members of Pop Evil had to find regular jobs to work in order to support their families during the pandemic. Frontman Leigh Kakaty was a guest on "The Liquid Conversations" podcast where he said, "Our touring monthly keeps the lights on, so the fact that we weren't gonna tour was devastating. And for our band, the other bandmembers had to get jobs. There wasn't no writing and creativity; they had to make money to live. So we weren't able to write."
He added, "These guys were trying to take care of their families, make any kind of extra money. And what I think it did in the long run was it really kind of instilled a confidence . . . I don't think anyone's afraid now to come home, if we have months off. Everyone knows now they can go to that mom-and-pop store and work for a few weeks and then go back on the bus. I think before that, it was terrifying. It was, like, 'If we don't play a show, we're screwed. What are we gonna do?' So I'm hoping that it's built a lot of confidence with our bandmembers to be, like, 'Okay, look, if we don't play for a few months, that's fine.' We can take of ourselves now. We're here, and we don't need to oversaturate the markets with Pop Evil."
The band will release their sixth full-length album, Versatile, on May 21st. The project will be made available on CD exclusively at Target, which will offer a two-disc deluxe edition.