Members: Josh Caterer, Eli Caterer, Matt Caterer, Rob Kellenberger
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NEW SMOKING POPES ALBUM IN STORES FEBRUARY 28, 2006!
"Smoking Popes At Metro" is a live CD and DVD filmed at Smoking Popes' historic reunion show at Metro in Chicago, IL on November 11, 2005.
SMOKING POPES HEADLINING TOUR WITH BAYSIDE! DATES TBA. Visit Victory Records.com for more info on Smoking Popes.
Smoking Popes have been a staple in the punk and indie rock scenes since the 1990s, playing a unique blend of up - tempo rock with punk guitars and Brit - pop influenced vocals. Did you ever hear Born To Quit? Its by the Smoking Popes. I thought that album was extraordinary, the most lovable thing Id heard in years, raved musical icon Morrissey. Smoking Popes helped shape an entire generation of music fans and wrote the book for Chicagos indie rock scene. After Naked Raygun, Chicago was the Smoking Popes, says Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. They were Alkaline Trio before Alkaline Trio, they were Fall Out Boy before Fall Out Boy. This band is one of the reasons that Fall Out Boy even exists. Smoking Popes formed in 1991 and released several albums on independent labels before signing to Capitol Records in 1995. Tours with Green Day, Jimmy Eat World and Jawbreaker soon followed, making Smoking Popes a household name in the mid to late 1990s indie rock and punk circuits. The Smoking Popes were a good band that only wrote good songs. They have always been a big influence on Alkaline Trio and are a huge reason a lot of us started bands in the first place, says Alkaline Trios Matt Skiba.
Smoking Popes disbanded on December 19, 1998, but their die hard fan base and extreme, underground popularity never faltered. A oncein-a-lifetime sold out reunion show at Chicagos Metro on November 11, 2005 sparked a resurgence in Smoking Popes fans, leaving the crowd yearning for new material. Bayside vocalist Anthony Raneri looks forward to hitting the road with his heroes this winter. Smoking Popes are one of the most important bands in my life, and probably the most influential in my song writing. To know that they like our band enough to take us on tour is, for me, our greatest accomplishment.