by Adam DeVarney in New Music on Wednesday 23 May 2012

I recently had the pleasure of listening to Chicago-based band The Congregation in a small venue near my studio in Pilsen. The brass was sharp, the guitars were bluesy, and Gina Bloom really knows how to belt out some gut wrenching material. The Congregation is what happens when you combine that undefinable soulful presence with humble talent. Their sound comes from a genuine place that one can’t fake and can only feel.