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Smoking Popes is an American punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1991. They play pop-influenced punk music with crooning vocals and romantic lyrics. The core of the group is composed of brothers Matt Caterer (b. 1968), Josh Caterer (b. 1972) and Eli Caterer (b. 1975).

The Caterer brothers were raised on rock 'n' roll and crooners like Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. In 1980 Matt got a guitar, Josh a bass guitar…

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  • I can't get over how much the lead singer sounds like Tina Belcher.
  • Great band. This is Only a Test is my least favorite, but it's still got some quality tunes!
  • Yeah, they didn't do any of that when I saw them either. That was last September or October I think.
  • @KY: saw them last summer and heard no religious stage banter. last i knew, it was only josh that was a believer, so it wouldn't be "they", anyway.
  • Popes used to be amazing, until they started shoving their religion down everybody's throats. I don't mind religious ideas in songs like "I Know You Love Me", but it seems like their stage banter nowadays is nothing but "Have you heard the good news"?
  • Daytrotter session sounds really good.
  • Seeing these guys tonight in KC. Way excited.
  • Still my favorite pop punk band, after the Buzzcocks. http://drugpunk.blogspot.com/2011/09/smoking-popes-get-fired-lp-1993.html
  • I honestly don't get people that tag this as indie, I mean the Instrumental parts are punk, very pop but punk none the less, its just the classic crooners style sung over punk and it makes for lovely combo, it just seems like people are unwilling to believe a punk act can have romantic lyrics and soulful and beautiful vocals, just needed to vent that a little
  • awesome show last week!

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