Saturday, September 8, 2012

Smoking Popes to reissue "Born To Quit," tour on album


Fans of Chicago area band Smoking Popes will have plenty to cheer about next month.

Not only will the band reissue its landmark album, "Born To Quit," on Oct. 23, but will also perform the entire album on Oct. 20 at the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15, available at

The remastered album comes with a deluxe repackaging featuring 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 - the Willie Nelson cover “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground,” and the previously unreleased duet “Blanket In The Park”. 

There will be limited edition red and blue vinyl in addition to a CD. Red vinyl will be for sale at while blue vinyl will be available on tour.

In 2010, I had the pleasure of catching up with Caterer on the band's latest activities: