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Smoking Popes w/ Amuse
Bar None Springfield
Springfield, IL
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Smoking Popes w/ Amuse
Ever wonder what a traditional lounge singer would sound like backed up by a punk band? The Smoking Popes take that concept one step further: They've created a unique kind of music that some listeners are describing as hyperkinetic tear-jerkers." Los Angeles Times

Bursting onto the Chicago punk scene in 1991, Smoking Popes built a relationship with their legion of fans by melding raw songs about bittersweet heartache with soaring melodies, power chords and infectious energy. From their early indie releases to their critically acclaimed major label albums, Smoking Popes developed a unique blend of buzzsaw guitars, caffeinated rhythms and heartfelt crooning vocals, combining the angst of punk with the smooth sophistication of Frank Sinatra, creating music both urgent and timeless, and influencing a generation of musicians in their wake.

These days, the Popes are tighter and more inspired than ever, having reunited with drummer Mike Felumlee, from the bands seminal recordings of the 90s, to record their first new material with their original lineup since 1998, a powerful two-song single  Simmer Down and Someday Ill Smile Again  now available on Asian Man Records. Lead singer Josh Caterer describes the reunion, Weve been fortunate to have some really great drummers over the years, theyve all brought something unique to the band, but as soon as we started playing with Mike again, we felt like This is how its supposed to be! Mike is the one who helped create our sound in the first place. Having him back in the band brings a lot of energy and excitement to what were doing.

And thats not their only reason to celebrate. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Destination Failure, the Popes pop-punk masterpiece, originally released on Capitol Records in 1997. To commemorate this milestone, theyre partnering with Side One Dummy Records to create a special 20th-anniversary deluxe vinyl edition of the album, with select festival dates to support it. Caterer remarked, Its sort of hard to believe that Destination Failure is twenty years old! Listening back to the album, it doesnt feel dated to me. I think theres an immediacy to the music that still comes through. A lot of that has to do with Jerry Finn. He was such a brilliant producer. We were very lucky to work with him.

The band is also hard at work writing and arranging new material for a full-length album to be released in early 2018. Look for some of those new songs to pop up in their live sets on the road this year. If their recent single is any indication, Smoking Popes are far from done making waves.

Why are the Smoking Popes important? Because theyve written your favourite song, whether you know it or not.  Kyle Kinane, Comedian & Popes Fan


Bar None Springfield (View)
245 South 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
United States


Music > Punk

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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