I’m trying to get better at posting these, so without any further adieu:
#5 Smoking Popes
The Popes are near and dear to me because they are from my hometown, Crystal Lake, Ill. Well, one of the members is; the others are from the neighboring town but close enough.
The Caterer brothers, of Lake in the Hills, Ill., formed the pop-punk quartet in suburban Chicago during the early 90s. Josh, Matt and Eli Caterer received instruments as kids and started playing together. After some instrument switches, Josh and Eli took the guitar duties and Matt took up the bass.
Drummer Dave Martens completed the original incarnation of the band—Speedstick. But Martens was unhappy with the band’s musical direction and quit. Dan Felumlee (who went to the same high school as me) replaced him and the band became Smoking Popes.