With their noses to the grindstone for the past few years, The Congress hasn't had a moment to notice their ever changing surroundings. They have been on headlining tours from California to...Expand
With their noses to the grindstone for the past few years, The Congress hasn't had a moment to notice their ever changing surroundings. They have been on headlining tours from California to Virginia, on support tours opening multiple nights for the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lake Street Dive, and Hard Working Americans, and have been incessantly playing their home turf in the Rocky Mountains when in between coasts. The Congress has also succumbed to a growing writing habit that will culminate in the band's second full length album in late 2015.
The Congress' recent incubation has led to a Muscle Shoals-esque tightness developed over hundreds of shows per year. Last year's addition of Virginia native Chris "Bernie" Speasmaker on keyboards injected a relentless energy into the former trio, stamping a tangible sonic signature on the band that is equal parts rock & roll, old-school soul music, and outlaw country. An obsession with rhythmic feel, songwriting, and instrumental mastery has only been further developed as the band has served as a backup unit on several other studio records and countless live shows.
With new and burgeoning success in markets across the United States, it is without doubt that The Congress will make their boldest statement with the next record, perhaps its most visible outside of the confines of word of mouth, where the band has garnered an exalted reputation in the music community.
Founded by Scott Lane and Jonathan Meadows in Richmond, VA, The Congress brings notions of genuine musicianship and inventive songwriting to a modern world of dubious cosmetic sound. Anchored by Jonathan's throw-back soul tenor vocals and Scott's immersive guitar licks, The Congress is a band of real musicians with real instruments playing real music. Keyboardist Chris "Bernie" Speasmaker, masterfully accents each tune with everything from throaty Leslie riffs and New Orleans dixiecrat piano to pounding electro-funk lines. Denver native and conservatory-trained badass Mark Levy holds down the drums with elegant precision and explosive dynamism.
Their brand of Rock & Roll is neither nostalgic nor progressive. It occupies the space between vintage sounds and the hyperbolic cynicism of our post-modern world.