The Game by The Congress.
Richmond, VA-based indie rock band, The Congress, have released their new CD called The Game, which we’ve conveniently secured for you to stream below.
“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.
The Game follows the band’s two EPs (one self-titled, the other dubbed The Loft Tapes) and a full-length debut (aptly titled Whatever You Want). The new record was recorded primarily at Denver’s Macy Sound Studios with occasional sessions at Montrose Studio in Richmond. Bassist/vocalist Jonathan Meadows remembers, “‘This Ain’t Livin‘ came really quickly. We ran through it in 20 minutes and the first take turned out to be the best. It felt very spontaneous.” To keep that fresh feeling throughout The Game, the band stripped down their sound, relying only on the basics — guitar, bass, piano and drums — the latter courtesy of band members Chris Speasmaker (keys) and Mark Levy (drums), respectively. The newest member of the fold, drummer Raphael Katchinoff replaced Levy earlier this year.