It is edgy, daring music wrapped in sentimentality, with Fogle’s voice as the elegant conductor and Hondroulis’ innovative rhythms that put “Literature” in a league of its own.
By: Zachary Kolesar, In The Record Store staff writer.
The album cover for After-Death Plan’s debut album, “Literature” features a set of ghostly hands grasping a book with ragged edges. It is fitting for a concept album that — put together by married duo Lesley Ann Fogle and Constantine Hondroulis — was inspired by a shared interest in a number of classic texts.
The couple has long been entrenched in musical projects. While Fogle’s roots stem from opera and classical training, Hondroulis has been collaborating with his brother George and friends in local rock outfits Our Flesh Party, Salt Horse and Earwig since the late 80's.
Fogle and Hondroulis did not meet until the 90's, and it wasn’t until five years ago that After-Death Plan came to fruition. It is edgy, daring music wrapped in sentimentality, with Fogle’s voice as the elegant conductor and Hondroulis’ innovative rhythms that put “Literature” in a league of its own.
“It'd be easy to think of ADP as a secondary thing that we do, so we worked hard at not letting it be that because we knew we were on to something special,” bassist and singer-songwriter Hondroulis said.
When Fogle was living in Chicago working at a recording studio and working with a decades-long collaborative of rotating musicians called Mal VU, a dedicated Hondroulis would make the haul across state lines at least once a month. The Mal VU sessions and Hondroulis’ frequent visits soon spawned After-Death Plan, and instead of putting what was bubbling aside, the two shifted their attention toward ADP.
“We ended up writing dark songs,” Hondroulis said....
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