The Honeydogs
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The Honeydogs

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | INDIE

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | INDIE
Band Rock Pop




"Short Takes: Cursive, Amy Ray, The Honeydogs And More"

This Minneapolis collective has been delivering quality if increasingly eclectic albums since 1995, and this, their tenth, is another in a long line of first-rate, somewhat quirky, thinking man’s heartland pop-rock. Frontman, multi-instrumentalist and only original member Adam Levy adds horns and strings for these dozen songs, recorded predominantly live in the studio over a productive 5 ½ day stretch. The tunes range from widescreen yet tightly constructed landscapes to more stripped down, Beatles-styled, often lyrically obtuse ruminations enlivened by trumpet, trombone and flugelhorn. It’s a lively set that needs a few spins to connect but is possibly the band’s finest release. - American Songwriter


What Comes After (Grain Belt/2012)
Chasing the Sun (2010)
Sunshine Committee (Princess/2008)
Can't You Feel the Beating (2007)
Amygdala (Princess/2006)
10,000 Years (United/2003)
Island of Misfits (King Z/2001)
Here's Luck (Palm/2001)
Seen a Ghost (Mercury/1997)
Everything I Bet You (October/1996)
The Honeydogs (October/1995)



The Honeydogs

What Comes After

It's not clear if Adam Levy, frontman and creative force behind The Honeydogs, meant the title of their 10th studio release (and first full-length effort since 2006) as a statement or a question. The album's songs merge simpler lyrical content of early works with the deceptively sophisticated music making of The Honeydogs more recent offerings. Written in a short spell and recorded in just 5 ½ days, these lilting, memorable tunes lent themselves to a bare-bones recording approach. With shades of Leonard Cohen, Nilsson, Nick Drake, and Tony Joe White the band has created a soul folk and country record tracked as an ensemble with minimal overdubs. Despite it's sense of ease, the album still brings moments of unabashed rock, including the impassioned title track and the psychadelic prog closer “The Devil you Do” . On What Comes After the band truly marries it's original roots sensibility with complex orchestral pop and soul arrangements.

After 16 years together, the band has weathered successes and missteps, raised children, seen loves come and go, and throughout, thrived as an ensemble even when it seemed that no one was noticing. Yet with their maturity and experience, Levy never lets the band assert conceit – instead of answers, What Comes After asks questions, ponders the little things, and carries the listener along with gently lingering melodies and poetics. Sometimes it is the simplest of things that stay with you-- and this collection of songs will surely cling to your heart.