Seattle may have given birth to grunge music in the 1990’s, but the sludgy, distorted sound soon spread across the country, causing flannel clad young men to moan about social injustice and angst from coast to coast. As the music became more popular, it became more commercial and the genre of post grunge emerged. One of the most successful post grunge bands is Collective Soul which originated in Georgia.
On Wednesday, November 4 Collective Soul will grace the Roseland Theater in Portland. The concert is part of a twenty-five city tour to promote the band’s new album, See What You Started by Continuing.
The band has been together since 1993, when band leader Ed Roland was working as a music engineer in Atlanta after having graduated from the famed Burklee College of Music in Boston. Mr. Roland recorded the song Shine and submitted it to a Georgia radio show. When Shine became the radio stations most requested single the band, which consisted of Dean Roland, on rhythm guitar, drummer Shane Evans, bassist Will Turpin, and lead guitarist Ross Childress, began performing live shows. Atlantic records soon signed them to a contract and they produced their first album Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid.
The name Collective Soul came from Ayn Rand’s popular novel The Fountainhead. Ms. Rand had said that the “collective soul” in art world was a threat to individualism. Mr. Roland was reading the novel at the time the band was formed and liked the way the phrase sounded.
The band went on to have a platinum record entitled Dosage 1n 1999 and a certified gold record entitled, Blender in 2000 which included the hit, Perfect Day, which was a duet featuring Mr. Roland and Elton John. Childress left the band at this point and was replaced by Joel Kosche in 2001.
After 2001, the band left Atlantic Records and formed its own record label, El Music Group. Mr. Evans was dismissed as the drummer from the band due to his drug use and was replaced by Ryan Hoyle. The band recorded the song, Hollywood which was used as the theme song of American Idol.
See What You Started By Continuing, contains eleven tracks and is the first album that the band has released in the past six years.
Mr. Roland told Billboard Magazine that the hiatus was like, “taking a holiday, a vacation from Collective Soul.” “When we came back, everybody was excited to go back and do it again,“ he told the publication.
Some of the band members worked on side projects during the six year break. Mr. Roland formed The Sweet Tea Project with a group of friends. The band did a cover of the Bob Dylan classic, Shelter From the Storm for the album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. They also recorded their own eleven track album entitled, Devils ‘n Darlins, in 2013.
The album marks a return to the bands hard rock roots as the songs have a more raw quality than their songs in recent years. The album has been well received by fans who gave it an overall four and a half stars out of five on Amazon.
Rhapsody.com said that the album, “does signal a significant uptick in furry riffage, visceral grooves and rock n’ roll swagger,” for the band and the website Popmaters.com said, “ At a crisp 11 tracks, these songs hit you over the head without apology.”
Collective Soul goes on stage at 8:00 p.m. on the November 4, and only those persons over twenty one years of age will be admitted. Tickets to the show range in price from $31.00 to $48.00.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.