Col­lec­tive Soul: Fans still take a ‘Shine’ to the Ge­or­gia rock­ers

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - COR­RE­SPON­DENT Con­tact Alan Sculley at alan­last­word@gmail.com. BY ALAN SCULLEY

Fans won’t have to worry t hat Col­lec­tive Soul will omit the hits and fan- fa­vorites from their show when the band plays Fri­day, Oct. 26, at the Tivoli Theatre.

In fact, with 17 Top 20 sin­gles ( in­clud­ing seven No. 1 Main­stream Rock hits) in a ca­reer that will hit the quar­ter- cen­tury mark next year, that’s likely to be the bulk of the set. But singer/gui­tarist Ed Roland said Col­lec­tive Soul won’t just spend the night look­ing back over its im­pres­sive mu­si­cal out­put.

“We’re not go­ing to overdo it, but you’ll def­i­nitely hear all of the hits,” Roland said in a phone in­ter­view. “At the same time, we want to throw in some new stuff. And I think that’s fine for fans to go, ‘ Oh wow, no one’s ever heard this? That’s cool.’

Col­lec­tive Soul has no short­age of new songs avail­able for this fall’s head­lin­ing tour. The group re­cently wrapped up work in the stu­dio and now has an em­bar­rass­ment of riches when it comes to new ma­te­rial.

“We recorded 10 songs last year. Orig­i­nally, we thought we would just do a record where the first side would be rock and the sec­ond would be more or­ches­trated, like ‘World I Know’ and ‘ De­cem­ber,’” Roland ex­plained, men­tion­ing a pair of his band’s hits.

“We fin­ished that, and then we went on tour. At the be­gin­ning of the year, I wrote an­other batch of songs. I showed them to the guys and they were like, ‘ Man, we’ve got to record these.’ We spent 10 days up at a place called the Bar­ber Shop in New Jer­sey, and in 10 days knocked it out. Now we have too many songs.”

In all, Col­lec­tive Soul has recorded 22 songs, and Roland isn’t sure if they’ll be re­leased as a dou­ble al­bum or in some other form.

The new songs will add to an al­ready deep cat­a­log Col­lec­tive Soul be­gan build­ing in 1993, when At­lantic Records re­leased what was es­sen­tially a demo of Roland songs as “Hints Al­le­ga­tions and Things Left Un­said.” Fea­tur­ing the hit sin­gle “Shine,” the al­bum went dou­ble plat­inum, as Roland re­cruited the other mem­bers of the orig­i­nal Col­lec­tive Soul: brother Dean Roland (gui­tar), Will Turpin (bass), Ross Chil­dress ( gui­tar) and Shane Evans (drums).

The group’s ac­tiv­ity be­came more spo­radic dur­ing the 2000s. But Roland feels Col­lec­tive Soul was re­ju­ve­nated af­ter drum­mer Johnny Rabb joined in 2012 and gui­tarist Jesse Triplett came on board in 2014.

Their en­ergy, Roland said, has helped in­spire a re­newed burst of cre­ativ­ity that so far has re­sulted in the ex­cel­lent 2015 al­bum, “See What You Started by Con­tin­u­ing,” and the 22 songs that are wait­ing for re­lease.

“[Jesse and Johnny] are awe­some. If I could have the band to start over, this is the band I would want, not only from the play­ing side of it, but from the per­son­al­ity side of it. I mean, they’re in­spir­ing, and they’re like ‘Let’s go, let’s go.’ These two guys have re­ally in­spired, not only me, but Dean and Will. I think some­times change is good.”

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Col­lec­tive Soul

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