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.
Improv jam sessions has quickly evolved into littlebirds, a six piece band hailing from the Windy City. littlebirds amplifies a classic Americana sound by layering in violin melodies, heavy hitting guitar synchronization, and 3 & 4 part vocal harmonies. If Head and the Heart, Twenty One Pilots, Mumford, and Mumford’s sons had an incestual orgy resulting in an illegitimate child, littlebirds would be that offspring. The band may be silly, they will most likely be drunk, but regardless of circumstances, they absolutely will be fun.
Sin Anestesia is a new band that is taking audiences by surprise, with its recent presentations. Even though the band is new, its members are versatile musicians, who boast years of performance experience. They have now focused their talents to create this unique and fun music project, in the Spanish Pop/Rock genre.
With a repertoire full of hits and favorites of the genre, Sin Anestesia takes its audience down memory lane, with feel good tunes from the 80s, 90s, through the hits of today’s contemporary artists.
Since its stage debut, Sin Anestesia has wowed audiences with its successful performances at such highly regarded Chicagoland venues as The Original Mother’s, Elbo Room, Cubby Bear, and House of Blues.
Sin Anestesia is comprised of singer/guitarist Oscar Diaz, singer/bassist Luis Jaquez, guitarist Juan Garcia, drummer Julian Almanza, and Edgar Nevarez on keyboards. With a diverse set list from the best artists of the genre, such as Soda Stereo, Enanitos Verdes, Café Tacuba, and Juanes, Sin Anestesia is well on its way to become one of Chicago‘s premier Spanish Rock cover bands. With such professionalism, its players shine on stage and create a party environment, where audiences sing and dance, to the songs Sin Anestesia interprets.