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    Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:30:55

    Smoking Popes to Release "This is Only a Test" on March 15th - They are also touring

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    Smoking Popes will release This is Only a Test, their first-ever concept album, exploring the life of a fictional high schooler, on March 15th. This is Only a Test features songs that explore themes of identity, musical aspirations, love and teen suicide. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Josh Caterer explained, "When I first got the idea to write from a teenage perspective, the individual songs came really quickly. 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." Recorded at Chicago's Atlas Studios in 2010, the album was produced by Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms, Less Than Jake).

    Some may assume that This is Only a Test is autobiographical but Caterer lays that notion to rest, saying, "The main character on this album is definitely a creation. He's not me. Well…he's similar to me, but he's not limited by the realities of my own experience. I created a character that basically has the same view of the world that I had when I was in high school, but he's his own person and he does some things that I never did."

    Tour Dates

    2/19 Rosemont, IL Montrose Room
    2/25 Joliet, IL Mojoes
    3/17 Austin, TX SXSW (tba)
    3/18 Austin, TX SXSW (tba)
    3/19 Tempe, AZ The Sail Inn
    3/20 San Diego, CA Casbah
    3/22 Fullerton, CA Sidebar
    3/23 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
    3/24 San Luis Obispo, CA The Crepe Place
    3/28 Portland, OR Alberta Rose Theatre
    3/29 Seattle, WA El Corazon
    3/31 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
    4/1 Denver, CO Hi Dive
    4/2 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
    4/3 Chicago, IL Double Door

    Are you going to take this Test and pass with flying colors?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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