Ultimately, The Congress is a band that shows reverence for their roots through both cohesion and creativity. “It’s hard to pigeonhole us one way or the other,” says guitarist/vocalist Scott Lane. “We do what comes naturally, with a lot of focus on song and arrangement, and very little on genre. We’re not great at putting ourselves in one box.” That’s borne out on The Game, even on an initial listen. From the mournful sway of “Home Again” and “Farewell,” to the jazzy, soulful sound evident in “When I Got the Time,” it’s clear The Congress is as versatile as it is unpredictable. The slow, steady glide of “Poison and Antidote” and “This Ain’t Livin’” finds a perfect mesh with spry rockers like “Ain’t It Easy,” “September” and the title track, ensuring a subtle change in tone and tempo throughout.
Glide Magazine is proud to premiere “Home Again” – first official single from The Game (below). The track offers an orchestrated folk presentation that moves slowly from confessional acoustic to one of cinematic lustre. In an election year, a band like The Congress might cause optimism or bleakness, but listening to these entrancing compositions, the band and the song win handily.
‘Home Again’ is a short, slow burner and an obvious choice for the first track on the record” says Chris Speasmaker of The Congress. “Scott Lane (guitarist/vocalist) sent us a voice memo of this tune a couple weeks before we went to the studio and we all loved it. It was written and recorded as we made the huge decision, together as a band, to move away from Colorado, a place where we set roots for nearly 6 years, and back home to Virginia.”
07.30 Floyd, VA @ Floyd Fest
08.03 Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater ^
08.04 Jim Thorpe, PA @ Mauch Chunk Opera House
08.05 Washington, DC @ The Hamilton +
08.06 Bethlehem, PA @ ArtsQuest Musikfest
08.21 Knoxville, TN @ US Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre **
08.23 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre **
08.24 Wilmington, NC @ Brooklyn Arts Center **
08.25 Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom **
08.26 Tahoe City, CA @ Moe’s Original BBQ
09.16 Rock Camp, WV @ Pink Moon Festival
^ w/ Leftover Salmon
+ w/ George Porter Jr.
** w/ Hard Working Americans