Oh —- hey!! Didn’t see you there. Been doing well, we are on a 12-hour drive to Starkville, Mississippi right now. Our fearless tour manager Nacho is driving and our van’s rear AC unit is dumping leaked water all over Meadows and Bernie. All is right and well.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Home Again”?
It’s a short acoustic tune. It is in the key of G. It is two minutes long. If you take out the H the letters can be rearranged to spell egomania. If you listen to the song backwards you will get stuck in an infinite time loop driving up to pay the same toll booth over and over again.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It was one of those tunes that just comes out. It was written in 5 minutes on my (Scott Lane) front porch. The band had just started talking about moving back to Virginia from Colorado. I was listening to Blake Mills’ Heigh Ho on repeat for months.
Any plans to release a new video for the single?
We’re working on a video with puppets. Not kidding. Now that I’ve said it, it has to happen.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
The album was named after the track The Game because it sounded cool and worked with the art concept (shout out Leslie Herman who slam dunked the album artwork). It was also the first new tune written for the record, and content-wise maybe carried some weight as to how some of us are feeling about the world.
How was the recording and writing process?
Long. We usually track records in like 3 days — this one got dragged out over the course of a year and a half. Never again.
How has your new lineup have influence your music and this album?
It doesn’t have an influence on this record as our former drummer Mark Levy played on the whole thing — so I’d say that the record is really a nice summary of our development as a band right up to the point where we parted ways and Raphael Katchinoff joined the band. As far as Raph’s influence on the band — he makes us sound more like Richmond, Virginia, which is a very particular thing.
Does VA play in your music?
Oh, funny you should ask! Absolutely. Virginia is full of grimy nasty punk rock neo soul Appalachian jazz country musicians. When we lived in Colorado we would try to describe it to folks. I think you just have to go there and hear music at late hours on the weeknights.
What aspects of kindness and decency did you get to explore with this record?
That’s just a really lovely question. I’d say the guys in the band have an inherent do-no-harm kind of attitude — and as far as content is concerned we often touch on kindness or our experiences with it/lack of it. I think that the expectation of human decency is central in a lot of tunes. Life’s consequences in ignoring our decency, praising those who live by example, remembering the best in people, making the difficult decision to look out for yourself — you’ll hear what you want to hear when you listen to the record I think. It’s open ended.
Any plans to hit the road?
On it now, and always. Mississippi, Tennessee, Carolinas, California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, West Virginia, DC, New York, New Jersey, and we’re going to Spain for a couple weeks in November. Possibly other nations but cannot say as of yet.
What else is happening next in The Congress’ world?
We’re going to start making a new record here pretty soon. Somewhere in between all the travel.