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Smoking Popes announce west coast tour with Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Chicago pop-punk veterans the Smoking Popes have announced they will be touring the west coast with Bad Cop/Bad Cop this spring. The tour is in honor of their third album Destination Failure‘s 20th anniversary. Check out the dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

Smoking Popes last released the Simmer Down EP in 2016.



DS Show Review: FEST 16 Gainesville – Day 3

As I soaked in all of the sights, sounds and smells of FEST 16 in days 1 and 2, I purposely tried to keep day 3 out of my mind.  Day 3 had some great bands that I couldn’t wait to check out, but I knew that getting to day 3 meant that FEST was coming to a close.

I don’t think I was the only one with the aforementioned sentiment, people were going after it hard Saturday night.  I could hear them outside singing and reveling into the wee hours.  I felt ok Sunday morning.  Got some food and coffee in me, and got ready to face the day.  T shirt game was not as important today as the forecast called for unseasonably cool temps.  High of 65 meant that I would don the only sweatshirt I brought.  It has the Chicago flag on the front of it, which prompted a shout of “Oh Calcutta!!” from an apparent Lawrence Arms fan.  After three nights of mayhem, we were delayed getting out the door.  I wanted to catch After the Fall, but we actually arrived too late for that and went straight to High Dive to catch Squirtgun doing a retrospective of all the bands they had been in.  If you don’t know Squirtgun, they are fronted by Mass Giorgini who is probably best known as owner and resident producer at Sonic Iguana.  Some major punk royalty has recorded at SI with Mass at the boards.  Squirtgun broke out some of those tunes in a solid set which included The Riverdales and Screeching Weasel.

Next we grabbed a bite at Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille.  We could’ve heard Apologies I have none, but it was too cold to sit outside.  Sitting in a chain restaurant on Sunday afternoon did not do much to lift me out of the depression of FEST coming to an end.  After lunch, we cruised over to Bo Diddley to catch The Movielife.  I’ve been following these guys for a while and I real wanted to see them at Riot Fest, but a conflict messed that up.  Although they played in a tough spot, Sunday, Outdoors, afternoon, cool day, they represented.  Not my standout set of the FEST, but not bad.

After Movielife, we had some tough conflicts.  Mean Jeans, Toyguitar, Hiccup, and Ray Rocket (Teenage Bottlerocket).  My wife wanted to catch Ray, so we cruised over to Big Lou’s pizza for the show.  I grabbed a couple of beers to perk us up and we sat on the patio there sipping our brews as Ray got set up.  I’m so glad we caught this show, because he conveyed the hungover depressed malaise that everyone was feeling.  Ray asked us to bear with him as he had spent the previous night going door to door at Holiday Inn with The Dopamines.  Paint your own picture there.  As the cool breeze blew through, Ray gave us a solid but chill set, the perfect cure to what ailed us.  He played “Do you wanna go to Tijuana,” dedicated to his twin brother Brandon who passed away in 2015, and covered The Ramones “Pet Sematary.”

The Ray Rocket set definitely perked us up.  We cruised over to Tall Paul’s and caught some of Makewar’s set.  We bellied up to the bar and threw down some of their brewed-in-house craft beer.  The habanero-spiced pale ale stole the show.  It brought the heat!!  We had to cut out of Makewar to get a good spot for Smoking Popes.  Being from Chicago, my wife and I are both big Popes fans.  The Popes never disappoint.  They’ve been around a long time and they know what people want to hear.  They bring the hits one after the other.  They played my fave “No More Smiles” as well as “Megan,” “Paul,” “Rubella.”  One of the many highlights of this set was their cover of MC5’s “Ramblin’ Rose.”  And of course they played “Need You Around.”  When it came to playing Bo Diddley, some bands sounded better than others, but the Popes really rocked this stage.  Safe to say, this set was up there in the top 5 of FEST.

Iron Chic hit the Bo Diddley stage next, so we hung around for that.  IC had a very lively crowd and their brand of punk rock really got the people moving and singing along.  You could tell people were amped for this band.  We watched the set from afar, but we already had tickets to see them in Chicago in December, so we cut out to check some other sets.  We caught Kamikaze Girls at the Wooly.  I have no recollection of it.  I remember bouncing across the street to The Atlantic where Machinist! was playing.  I only caught the last song, wish I had seen more.  This mad dash ended at Rockey’s where we caught the last few songs from The Raging Nathans.  We must’ve been in the right place as a few dignitaries were on hand such as OWTH’s Ryan Young.

One of the reasons I broke the bank and travelled down to FEST this year was Superchunk.  I’ve seen them a handful of times; the first time in 1993.  At one point I remember thinking to myself, “I’m going to buy every Superchunk album that ever comes out.”  Well who knew they would put out like 40 records!?!  I don’t have them all, but I have a lot of them.  So we trekked over to Bo Diddley to catch Sunday’s headliner, Superchunk.  For one, they sounded great.  I’ll give them that.  They didn’t play the full 90 minutes, which was a bit of a bummer.  They also threw in some random tunes like “Hello Hawk” and “I Got Cut.”  Deep cuts aside, they also dropped some fan favorites like: “Slack Motherfucker, Sick to Move, Driveway to Driveway, Hyper Enough, Precision Auto, and Seed Toss.”  The ‘Chunk brought the goods and sent the main stage out in grand fashion.

The main stage might have been done, but we were not!  We popped over to The Wooly, grabbed a brew and caught Meat Wave.  Their new album, “The Incessant” is on my list of the best of 2017.  These guys rock the 3 piece like Alkaline Trio or Husker Du; although their sound is more like Big Black.  I’m definitely going to catch these guys again.  After MW, I made a fatal error.  I decided we should hit Durty Nelly’s to catch Dingus.  For one, I had the complete wrong band.  I guess there are two Dingus’s (Dingi?).  Unfortunately, the one I planned to see was recording an album in Belgium at the time.  I sat there for about a half hour completely confused.  When we came to our senses, I looked my wife in the eye and I could tell she was done.  40 shows over 3 days will tend to wear you out.  I was running on fumes as well.  We decided to call it quits.  I had hoped to catch Night Witch, Teen Agers, and Tiltwheel; but I will have to wait for them to come to town.

We survived FEST 16, and had an amazing time!  One thing is for sure, we will be marking our calendars for the lineup announcement for FEST 17.  We will be back!



DS Photo Gallery: Smoking Popes, Chris Farren and The Bigger Empty, Cambridge, MA (10/21/17)

With all but a few rare exceptions, punk rock afternoon matinee shows have become a thing of the past in the metropolitan Boston area. This isn’t the time or place to really drill down to the core of that issue, but is both the time and place to point out than when they do happen, they can still be pretty magical. Due to a chain of scheduling miscues, last Saturday’s Smoking Popes headline show that was supposed to take place in the smaller, friendlier confines upstairs at Cambridge’s Middle East got bumped to the more cavernous space downstairs at the same venue…BUT Propagandhi was already booked to play the same space that night, so as a result, the Popes got bumped earlier. Like, way earlier. Like, “doors at noontime” earlier. The net result was a feel that had a bit of a throwback vibe for the slightly older-than-average crowd to revel in the ’90s pop punk goodness.

The Bigger Empty kicked off the show well before the early afternoon NFL games did the same. The five-piece hail from outside Chicago and are centered around frontman and songwriter Mike Felumlee, obviously pulling double-duty as drummer for the Popes. Together, the five-piece ripped through about a dozen up-tempo melodic rock tracks, most notably “Take My Heart With You,” which both appears on the band’s “Lakes & Oceans Volume 1 – Michigan” EP (La Escalera Records) and perhaps more recognizably as the introductory music to Felumlee’s Live From The Rock Room web series of live performances that he tapes from his basement. For what was basically a late morning show in their native time zone, Felumlee and keyboardist Amanda Moudry’s harmonies were tight, and the poppy energy provided by bassist Ruben Baird and new drummer Steve Lopez (who flew in from Texas and had no rehearsal time with the band) pushed the gas pedal beyond where it tops out on album format. Smoking Popes guitarist Eli Caterer filled in on guitar as well with very limited rehearsal time himself, so for a band that was hypothetically working through the kinks in real time on stage, there really weren’t very many kinks to work out. We know Mike keeps himself busy, but it’d be great to see The Bigger Empty on the touring circuit regularly!

Chris Farren served as main support, and played another perfect set. We last caught Farren a couple years ago when he was on the road with Dave Hause and Rocky Votolato, and to say that the Chris Farren live show has progressed in that amount of time is to completely understate the issue; his 2017 self is virtually a different species altogether. I’ve struggled with combining the right collection of words to encapsulate what it means to witness Farren live; there’s glitter and lights and lasers and mirror balls and pre-recorded samples and guitar loops and a gold microphone. I guess it’s like if a unicorn were playing pop-infused guitar rock on a rainbow. As an artist, it’s both inspiring and a little nerve-wracking to watch, but he had the still-filling-up crowd actually draw closer to the stage, many of them singing along at full volume.

Which brings us to the Popes. By the time the pop-punk icons took the stage, the crowd had filled out respectably. The brothers’ Caterer might not bring their show to the northeast all too often in later years, but when they to, they most definitely still bring it. Within the scene, Smoking Popes have long been considered in influential, important band, but I always got the sense that they just missed blowing up wider, for a variety of reasons most of which we won’t go into now, but one of which was that they were a pop punk band who was more than a pop punk band. “Need You Around” and “Rubella” and “Let’s Hear It For Love” had that midwestern punk rock vibe that made them at home among the likes of Alkaline Trio or Screeching Weasel but would just as easily have been at home on the alternative rock radio waves at the time. The music now sounds just as earnest and important as it did nearly a quarter-century ago. And so it was with eager anticipation that not only did the band announce they were working on new material AND hoped to have something out within the year BUT that they were also going to play one of those new tracks. It’s a song that serves as sociopolitical commentary that is, according to frontman Josh Caterer, based loosely on Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax and let the record show that this song seriously needs to see the light of day very, very, very soon. That one of the newer tracks in an afternoon of tight, high-energy pop punk sounds might have been the tightest and most inspiring of the occasion was an unexpected positive sign that we’re going to be following the sound for a lot longer.

Head below for our full photo gallery. (And seriously…there’s something to be said for getting home from a punk rock show at four in the afternoon. Let’s do this more often, yeah Boston?)



Video: Smoking Popes preform “I Know You Love Me” on Live From The Rock Room

Pop-punk legends the Smoking Popes have released a brand new, live performance video. It’s for the track “I Know You Love Me,” and they recorded it for Live From The Rock Room. They released it to celebrate their “Destination Failure” LP turning 20 years old! Check it out below.



Smoking Popes play new song “Little Lump of Coal” on Live From The Rock Room

Chicago pop-punk veterans the Smoking Popes recently appeared on Live From The Rock Room, and they played a brand new song called “Little Lump of Coal”. Check the video out below.

According to the band, “This is a protest song against Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and his agenda to resuscitate the American coal industry”. They plan to release a studio version soon, with proceeds going toward “the fight for a cleaner environment”.



Elliott Smith tribute comp to feature Smoking Popes, Franz Nicolay and many more

A tribute compilation for Elliott Smith titled “A Brief Smile – A Tribute To Elliott Smith” will feature nineteen covers, including Smoking Popes‘ take on “Let’s Get Lost” and Franz Nicolay‘s cover of “Everything Reminds Me of Her.”

The comp will be released on May 19th, and proceeds from the comp will go to the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund.

Check out the full tracklist below.



Video: Smoking Popes perform “Valentine” on Live From The Rock Room

Pop-punk legends the Smoking Popes have released a brand new, live performance video. It’s for the track “Valentine,” and they recorded it for Live From The Rock Room, which is coincidentally run by the band’s once-and-present drummer, Mike Felumlee. Check it out below.

“Valentine” comes from the bands’ 2001 album The Party’s Over which was released via Double Zero Records.



The Addisons release 2-song EP “So American/Standing Outside Your Door”

Chicago’s new pop-punk/rock band The Addisons have released a 2-track EP (plus a bonus song!) that you can check out below.

The  band features former members of Dan Vapid and The CheatsSmoking Popes and Noise By Numbers.  “So American/Standing Outside Your Door” is The Addisons’ first release.



Video: Smoking Popes perform “Someday I’ll Smile Again” on Live From The Rock Room

Pop-punk legends the Smoking Popes have released a brand new, live performance video. It’s for the track “Someday I’ll Smile Again,” and they recorded it for Live From The Rock Room, which is coincidentally run by the band’s once-and-present drummer, Mike Felumlee. Check it out below.

“Someday I’ll Smile Again” was released by Asian Man Records back in September as one of the first two new tracks from the band’s original lineup in eighteen years. It’s due for physical release on that same label sometime next year.



Smoking Popes streaming two news songs, new live video

Pop-punk legends the Smoking Popes are now streaming two brand news songs. Listen to “Simmer Down” and “Someday I’ll Smile Again” below.

The songs are the first recordings from the original lineup in 18 years. These two songs will be included with more recordings on a new physical release sometime in 2017 via Asian Man Records.

Along with the recordings, Live! from The Rock Room also posted a video of the band performing “Simmer Down” live. Check that out below the music.

The Smoking Popes last released This Is Only A Test in March 2011, also on Asian Man Records.



Aspiga cover Smoking Pope’s “Writing a Letter”

New Jersey indie-punk band Aspiga covered Smoking Pope’s song “Writing a Letter”, which appears on the band’s third EP 2. You can listen to the cover below.

Aspiga most recently released What Happened to You? in November of 2014 via Paper + Plastick Records.



Owen (Mike Kinsella of American Football, Owls) streams “Borne On The FM Waves Of The Heart” cover

Owen (Mike Kinsella of American FootballOwls) is now streaming a new cover of Against Me!‘s “Borne On The FM Waves Of The Heart” and you can check it out below.
 
The track is from his upcoming cover album “Other People’s Songs,” which is set to be released on December 2nd through Polyvinyl Records.

Owen previously released a cover of Smoking Popes “Under The Blanket,” and you can also stream that below.



Full Album Stream: Treasure Fleet – “Future Ways”

The Treasure Fleet, psychedelic folk-punk outfit from Chicago that features members of Smoking Popes and the Lawrence Arms, are streaming their upcoming release “Future Ways” in it’s entirety. Check it out here.

“Future Ways” is set for release this Friday (November 30th) via Recess Records.

 



Smoking Popes stream “Born To Quit” re-issue featuring 2 new bonus tracks

Legendary pop-punk act, Smoking Popes, are celebrating the 17th anniversary of the release of their major label debut album, “Born To Quit,” by re-releasing the record through SideOneDummy.  You can stream the entire thing, including a couple new bonus songs, right here.

The re-release will feature a deluxe repackaging with new artwork, a memorabilia collage, new liner notes from Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Joe Shanahan (Chicago’s Metro) and comedian Kyle Kinane as well as a track-by-track analysis by Popes’ frontman Josh Caterer and two bonus tracks (Willie Nelson cover “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground” and the previously unreleased duet “Blanket In The Park”).

The band last released “This Is Only A Test” on March 15th, 2011 via Asian Man Records.



Smoking Popes to re-release “Born To Quit”; announce full album tour dates

Legendary pop-punk act, Smoking Popes, have announced they will be celebrating the 17th anniversary of the release of their major label debut album, “Born To Quit,” by re-releasing the record through SideOneDummy.

The re-release will feature a deluxe repackaging with new artwork, a memorabilia collage, new liner notes from Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Joe Shanahan (Chicago’s Metro) and comedian Kyle Kinane as well as a track-by-track analysis by Popes’ frontman Josh Caterer and two bonus tracks (Willie Nelson cover “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground” and the previously unreleased duet “Blanket In The Park”).

In addition to that, the band has also announced they will be heading out on a US tour, which they will be playing the album front-to-back on, along with an additional set of other songs from the band’s catalog. Dates and locations can be seen here.

The band last released “This Is Only A Test” on March 15th, 2011 via Asian Man Records.