Though they never catapulted to the heights of Jimmy Eat World and Green Day, Chicago's Smoking Popes remain highly influential in pop-punk circles and can claim to have inspired (you may either love 'em or hate 'em for this) eerily similar-sounding bands like Fall Out Boy. The band called it quits in late 98, and At Metro is a live reunion show CD/DVD (they're currently touring again as well). The Popes exhaustively mine their back catalogue to the delight of their fans, as captured on the passable if not slightly dull DVD. Isn't this just for their old fans anyhow? It's not like they'll be making scores of new ones with 19 audio and 23 DVD tracks that ooze catchy, upbeat poppy punk with singer Josh Caterer warbling like Morrissey about love and other post-adolescent misgivings.
Smoking Popes hit Lee's Palace Wednesday (August 16).