Smoking Popes: New Album Details and Tour

Smoking Popes will be releasing their new album, ‘This is Only a Test,’ on March 15.

Recorded at Chicago’s Atlas Studios in 2010 and produced by Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms, Less Than Jake), ‘This is Only a Test,’ the band’s first-ever concept album, explores the life of a fictional teenager.

“When I first got the idea to write from a teenage perspective, the individual songs came really quickly,” explained frontman Josh Caterer in a press statement. “I wrote a song a day for five days. That’s half the album in less than a week. I never write that fast! Each song stands alone as a snapshot from this kid’s life. The story doesn’t unfold like a narrative. It’s more like a collage.”

In support of the new release, the Smoking Popes are also set to hit the road in February.

For tickets, head over to the Smoking Popes’ official website.

Tour Dates:

Feb 19 – Rosemont, IL – Montrose Room
Feb 25 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
Mar 19 – The Sail Inn – Tempe AZ
Mar 20 – Casbah – San Diego CA
Mar 22 – Slidebar – Fullerton CA
Mar 23 – Key Club – West Hollywood CA
Mar 24 – Downtown Brew – San Luis Obispo CA
Mar 25 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco CA
Mar 26 – The Crepe Place – Santa Cruz CA
Mar 28 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland OR
Mar 29 – El Corazon – Seattle WA
Mar 31 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City UT
Apr 01 – Hi Dive – Denver CO
Apr 02 – The Riot Room – Kansas City MO
Apr 03 – Double Door – Chicago IL