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Smoking Popes
“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 band’s 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 I’ll Smile Again” – now available on Asian Man Records. Lead singer Josh Caterer describes the reunion, “We’ve been fortunate to have some really great drummers over the years, they’ve all brought something unique to the band, but as soon as we started playing with Mike again, we felt like ‘This is how it’s 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 we’re doing.”

And that’s 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, they’re 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, “It’s sort of hard to believe that Destination Failure is twenty years old! Listening back to the album, it doesn’t feel dated to me. I think there’s 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 they’ve written your favorite song, whether you know it or not.” – Kyle Kinane, Comedian & Popes Fan
The Pink Spiders
Few bands have been able to cash in on their bad habits, dirty minds and naturally god-given talents
quite like power-pop band THE PINK SPIDERS. The band has gained almost as much notoriety for
their exploits, attitude and iconic look, as they have for the catchy and explosive sound they generate.
After a six year hiatus, the band has returned in 2017 delivering two brand new singles "Easier Than
Ever” and “Black Dagger, a winter tour and a brand new album Mutations to be released in 2018.
Nashville Scene described the first single “Easier Than Ever” as “[a} time-tested blend of snarly,
supremely hooky Weezerian power pop.” and the video for “Black Dagger” is set to premier in fall of
Infamy and chaos has followed THE PINK SPIDERS since they first stormed onto the Nashville music
scene in 2004 with their self-released debut The Pink Spiders Are Taking Over. It was that notoriety
that translated into immediate results, as the band signed to their first indie deal less than 6 months
after forming. The guys quickly generated a big buzz with their 2005 indie label release Hot Pink, an
infectious dose of dark pop detailing fast getaways and faster women.
Less than three weeks after the Hot Pink release, and in the midst of a nationwide tour, the band found
themselves at the center of a major-label bidding war. THE PINK SPIDERS landed a deal with Geffen/
Suretone Records, and in short order released their highly praised major label debut, Teenage Graffiti.
Produced by hit-maker and legendary frontman of THE CARS, Ric Ocasek, Teenage Graffiti stood out
from the pack with the hit "Little Razorblade," which exploded on radio stations from coast to coast as
well as on Total Request Live, with MTV describing Teenage Graffiti as "a collection of sweaty, fistpumping
anthems" and declaring that THE PINK SPIDERS' "rock and roll assault was underway." That
album, coupled with the band's no-holds-barred live show, earned them a summer-long appearance
on the Van's Warped Tour, a bizarre show in the outfield of Dodger Stadium, and heaps of praise from
such respected media outlets as Spin, Billboard, Blender, USA Today and more. Alternative Press
named THE PINK SPIDERS one of its "Bands You Need to Know in 2006", while Rolling Stone said
they have "enough catchy charm and ass-kicking propulsion to suggest a ballsier WEEZER or a punkschooled
CHEAP TRICK...the SPIDERS are ready to spin a power-pop revolution." Entertainment
Weekly appreciated their "ideal blend of sweetness and crunch," and Spin declared the album "angstridden,
smart-assed and slickly catchy."
Having departed from Geffen/Suretone, as the topsy-turvy world of major labels continues to sway
unsteadily on shaky ground, Matt Friction and his bandmates were poised to prove that the success of
Teenage Graffiti was no fluke. They released their third LP Sweat It Out by Friction's own label Mean
Buzz, via Adrenaline Music. With producer Brendan O'Brien (PEARL JAM, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS,
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN) at the helm, the band released the album's first single "Gimme Chemicals" to
critical acclaim. That tune was followed thereafter by "Seventeen Candles," which the band
performed to over 11 million viewers on the hit reality show Hell's Kitchen. The band supported the
album on summer's renowned Van's Warped Tour, followed by dates on their own headlining tour.