Interview – The Congregation

I recently featured the song Soundtrack To The End Of The World by The Congregation in a round-up review of tracks featuring elements of metal music. They’re a very interesting band so I wanted to find out more – read on below to see how I got on!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a single titled Soundtrack To The End Of The World, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

The music is currently available on all streaming platforms. Soundtrack To The End Of The World is an anthem for our times, to love big and also to fight for what matters and not to go out with a flicker but like a fucking A-Bomb!

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

This record was different than our past albums because we were in lockdown. Most of the record was recorded at my home studio in Canada and my producers Dan Davidson and Dan Weller from London (England) were on Zoom and used audio movers to track the sessions. It was weird at first, but it allowed us a lot of creative freedom without any outside interference to really nail the vibe of this album.

You’ve all been in several bands in the past, can you tell us a little about your collective musical histories?

I have been lucky enough to have been in several great bands over the years with two southern rock outfits, The Road Hammers and Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion, and still continue to work and collaborate with them. It really gives me creative freedom be able to write and play with different bands and bend genres.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album or an EP anytime soon?

Yes, the next single will be out in the spring followed by an album!

You’re based in Nashville, an area well known for its music. What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I have lived and worked in Nashville for 10 years. It’s a great music town. Now, I split my time between there and my home in Alberta, Canada where I’m from. Both scenes are amazing and with technology the way it is now, we can really be anywhere in the world writing, recording and making music.

What/who influences you most as a band? What have you been listening to recently?

The band is a mix of blues, gospel and hard rock.
We bring a 120 decibel sermon to the people! Some of our favourite bands right now include Muse, Reignwolf, Rival Sons, JJ Wilde The Trews, and W3apons.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Touring has been really difficult for everyone right now but it has afforded us a lot of time at home to write and record music that might have never happened had we not had this pandemic in the first place!

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

There are a bunch of Canadian dates in the spring and summer and we are currently working on our UK release as well and hope to be over to tour in the fall! The Congregation is a traveling tent revival – when you step into the show get ready to be liberated!

Any last words for the fans?

Join the church of rock & roll and give The Congregation your devotion!
Instagram: @thecongregation