Preview: Smoking Popes at The Basement

From the February 2, 2012 edition

On Smoking Popes’ second comeback album, “This Is Only a Test,” Josh Caterer sings, “What if I was not afraid of what anyone might say?/ And what if you stood with me, side by side all the way?” before announcing, “Let’s see just how dangerous we can be!” The sentiment is admirable and the song is catchy, but little about this pop-punk-by-numbers suggests he follows his own advice.

Tin Armor and Cheap Girls will join the Popes this Friday at The Basement.