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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 and Eli a drum set and they… read more

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  • Avatar for Pinchy_Lobster
    I can't get over how much the lead singer sounds like Tina Belcher.
  • Avatar for The-Riot-Before
    Great band. This is Only a Test is my least favorite, but it's still got some quality tunes!
  • Avatar for jessem131
    Yeah, they didn't do any of that when I saw them either. That was last September or October I think.
  • Avatar for mykel_f
    @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.
  • Avatar for BringtheKY
    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"?
  • Avatar for Toddcraft
    Daytrotter session sounds really good.
  • Avatar for zeravla134
    Seeing these guys tonight in KC. Way excited.
  • Avatar for bertramboso
    Still my favorite pop punk band, after the Buzzcocks. http://drugpunk.blogspot.com/2011/09/smoking-popes-get-fired-lp-1993.html
  • Avatar for zkrake
    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
  • Avatar for no1specialem
    awesome show last week!

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