Once upon a time, we time traveled and met Collective Soul, 22 years after their hit “Shine” was set free into the world to forever be remembered as a 90s alt rock gem. Curious to know more about their return to the stage since the 2015 release of their album See What You Started By Continuing, we caught up with them to chat about their journey down fame lane.
What do you miss the most about the 90s when Collective Soul was just starting out, whether it be in regards to styles in music, fashion, attitude, etc.?
Probably the innocence, the newness of it all, that part. It really only happens once, right? And then after you get a taste for what’s going on, that never really comes back. You still enjoy and love making music and playing it, but that part is what I miss.
What differences in your music writing process do you notice?
Well, we have never had a particular process, it just has kind of always been all over the place. Whether it’s Ed, he will come in with a complete vision for a song and an idea and we execute that. Or if we are just rehearsing or playing live and there is a seed idea that comes from that, then we just develop it. We have never put ourselves in a creative box to write in a certain way and its always been that way. We just find something that we like and that we find interesting and try to build some melodies around it. It’s about that simple, really.
How does it feel to put out an album which was preceded by a five year break?
It felt great! We needed it. After being in a band for over 20 years… You need a break from one another at some point. We all went and did our individual things. Ed did a solo project, I started another project of my own. Will did a solo project. You go and look for new inspiration. It was a healthy little break for us, so when we came back together it felt genuinely inspired and we were excited. I think and hope that translated in the new album.
Do you feel like people mostly come to shows for nostalgic reasons or is there a balance of older and newer fans? Is that something you want to move away from or embrace?
There is definitely a balance of both, I can appreciate the nostalgic thing there. I have that with bands I’ve been a fan of for a long time. But when you come to one of our shows, we play a significant amount of new songs off the new record, we actually play some songs that are going to be on the next record, and then we play songs that are on the older records that were not on the radio. So, we mix it up and it seems to work, because people keep coming back… Don’t have too many complaints. If the ones that are just there for the nostalgic reasons want to hear the songs they heard on the radio 20 or 15 years ago, as long as they’re satisfied, then we can get up there and we can have fun doing that along with playing some new songs. I feel like it’s a win win for both people. There isn't really much to change up there.