Collective Soul formed in 1992 and released their first album in 1993. Does this mean they’re nothing more than a cheesy nostalgia act cashing in on their 15 minutes of fame?
Absolutely not. Collective Soul is an amazing live act. The quintet is as tight as ever and frontman Ed Roland has the vitality and charisma of someone half his age (he was born in 1963).
Sure, Collective Soul plays a lot of old stuff—“December,” "Precious Declaration," “Gel,” and “Shine”—but they also play newer material like “AYTA,” “Hurricane,” and "Contagious." Longtime fans love the abundance of old tunes but they also appreciate the inclusion of some of their most recent work.
Despite a quarter of a century in the music business, Collective Soul still has the energy to impress newbies and the passion to entertain longtime fans.
Is Collective Soul A Grunge Band?
Collective Soul is not a grunge band but they are “grunge adjacent.” They play a radio-friendly brand of rock that’s generally labeled as alternative.
By the way, Collective Soul hails Stockbridge, Georgia.
Who’s Left In Collective Soul?
Since lead singer Ed Roland writes most of the songs, you can make a case that Collective Soul is his solo project.
In fact, Collective Soul came into existence thanks to some demo tapes Roland made. His intentions were to sell the songs he recorded to a publishing company, not to form a band.
One of the songs from the demo, “Shine,” found its way onto the radio. Realizing he needed to perform live, Roland put together a band comprised of his brother Dean Roland on guitar, Shane Evans on drums, Will Turpin on bass, and Ross Childress on lead guitar.
Childress and Evans left in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Roland and Turpin are still in the band.
Rounding out Collective Soul are drummer Johnny Rabb and lead guitarist Jesse Triplett. Both recently joined the group.
How Did Collective Soul Get Its Name?
Collective Soul takes their name from a phrase in the 1943 Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead. Roland is adamant in telling anyone who will listen that neither he nor the band support Rand or her philosophies.
Then why did they choose “Collective Soul?” Simple, the band thinks the name sounds real cool.