Congo Square – Congo Square [1994]

hCountry USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members
Fran Hoffath – Vocals,harp, Tim Jaeke – Guitars,backing vocals, Dave Stadel – Guitars,backing vocals, Matt Hedges – Bass,keyboards,backing vocals, Tim Klitzman – Drums

Tracks
01. Wailing Wall, 02. Wish It Away, 03. One Life, 04. You Are Not Me, 05. Strenght, 06. Carrie, 07. Right of Last Breath, 08. Lost and Found, 09. Walk Away, 10. Let Me Go, 11. Running Mad, 12. She’s a Dog-Drip Dry

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Profile Another underground hard rock band coming from Wisconsin and they would have been great if grunge did not drifting them like many bands of that period. The band formed in January 1991 under the name “Rotten Sneakers”. In August of 1991 the band won the battle of the bands and in August they recorded their first two demos, released in January 1992 with WLZR airplay. The band took part in live gigs and opened for Saigon Kick for a second time while in January 1993 the band opened for Wildside and James Young in March.

In June 1993 they started to recorded their first album while the band took part with their second appearance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest happened in July 1993. Joey Vera (former bassist of Armored Saint) is flown out to see the band after showing interest in demos. With the release of their first album in 1994 the band changed their name to Congo Square and their album produced by Joey Vera. Many live appearances took part, even an air interview while on November 1994 the band open for Saigon Kick. In 1995 the band has begun working on plans to push the album heavily regionally and nationally. This will be done via purchasing commercial time on Milwaukee AOR stations, showcasing locally and regionally, distributing sampler cassetes, sponsoring ticket give-aways, and continuing their effort to contact and follow up with more radio stations throughout the US.

 The band musically moved between hard rock and metal with some funky, progressive and southern elements. The band recognised by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry as they were nominated for three awards,”Best Rock Band”, “Album of the Year” and “Best Album Cover Artwork” and the band gained the best album cover of that year.

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  2. Scott H. says:

    Would love to see these guys just one more time, they had the music that a lot of local bands lacked back then, it’s too bad that grunge had to push these guys out of the lime light.

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