Jan. 22, 2004

The Honeydogs Play Name Game, Slate Chicago Date


By Randy J. Klodz

Sure, the Honeydogs have been around for a decade, and although the Minneapolis-based eclectic rock band may not be a household name, the band has secured a faithful following while opening for bands such as INXS, the Proclaimers, and Bon Jovi, to name a few. The band has also performed its share of successful headlining stints.

The Honeydogs--Adam Levy (vocals, guitar), Brian Halverson (guitar), Trent Norton (bass), Noah Levy (drums) and Jeff Victor (keyboard, piano)--will be making its lone headlining Chicago date, where the band is scheduled to perform at Subterranean on Jan. 31.

This time around, the Honeydogs spent four years putting together the upcoming “10,000 Years,” which is set to hit stores March 9, the band’s first recording on United Musicians, the record label run by Aimee Mann and Michael Penn.

The name “the Honeydogs” may not be a typical handle to call a band, and even ten years later, the band’s frontman still has issues with the name. “If I could relive my life, I definitely would pick a different name,” said Adam Levy. “You get stuck with a band name,” he said, “and people have a memory of a band stylistically and it becomes sort of hard to do different things without alienating people or annoying them.”

The name game continues with Levy’s full name of Adam Levy, in that a guitarist whom which Levy admires, spells his first and last name in exactly the same fashion. The other Adam Levy plays guitar in the band that tours with the popular recording artist Norah Jones. “So there’s definitely some confusion there, but I’m going to try and spend the next couple of months trying to rectify that,” the Honeydogs’ Levy said. “Although I would say that if [“Come Away From Me” by Norah Jones] was a bad album, it would be more of a problem for me.” Norah Jones’ album spawned the hit single “Don’t Know Why,” and went on to sell millions of copies worldwide.

The musical style of the Honeydogs can also be compared to the style of Norah Jones, in that both offer instrumental precision, often at a mellow pace. “Ms. Anne Thrope” is a slow-moving, piano-driven track, that is similar in style to “Amy Hit the Atmosphere” by the mainstream rock act Counting Crows. Levy’s lyrics: “I wish I could hear / Your voice on the phone / ’Cause I don’t know / If I’m coming home / Please don’t let the children cry,” offer a piece to the emotional puzzle of this storyline-filled album.

Subterranean is at 2011 W. North Ave in the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood. Tickets for this 21+ show are listed for $10 each, with a start time scheduled for 10 p.m. Tractor Kings and Low Rent are scheduled as supports for this show. For more information on this event log on to www.honeydogs.com and/or www.subt.net.
The Honeydogs Photo: Rob Northway