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Collective Soul Pulls "Rabbit" Out Of Musical Hat

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009

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The title of Collective Soul’s new album varies depending on who’s talking about it.

The band considers it simply “Collective Soul,” the second time it’s done that. But after seeing the cover shot of a white bunny, it’s record company decided to go with the title “Collective Soul (Rabbit)” — much to the Georgia quintet’s chagrin.

“We weren’t trying to be confusing,” says frontman and chief songwriter Ed Roland. “We just thought, ‘Oh, we’ll come back out and feel really fresh and new. And we’ll use a picture of a rabbit,’ which to us means fertile. It’s rebirth and all kinds of cool spiritual meanings.

“But somewhere along the line people started calling it ‘Rabbit,’ even the recording company. That’s fine — as long as they call it something.”

Whatever title you choose, the album — due out Aug. 25 — returns Collective Soul to the record company world after nearly eight years as an independent group. And for Roland and his bandmates, which include his brother Dean on guitar, it also forges some new creative territory as well, with a couple songs collectively written during sessions at the studio in Roland’s lake house.

“We’ve never written together as a band,” Roland, 46, says, “so it was a new experience. I think it’s the confidence that the other guys have gotten in their music skills and the songwriting and also, for lack of a better term, me letting go of my ego a little bit and going, ‘You know what? These guys can do this.’

“It was a lot of fun. I think after so many years you kind of just look at whole new, different ways to rediscover each other and feel, ‘Wow, I really dig that dude.’ Things could really go the other way, too, I suppose. We got lucky.”

Collective Soul, Ryan Star and Safetysuit perform Tuesday (Aug. 11) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mt. Clemens. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheatre.com.

Web Site: www.emeraldtheatre.com

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