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Break proved well-advised for Collective Soul

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2015

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A six-year gap between albums came as a surprise to Ed Roland and the other members of Collective Soul.

But the time off before the group's aptly titled new "See What You Started By Continuing" was certainly needed.

"We went in about three years ago to make a record, and I think we were all burned out," group founder Roland, 52, says by phone from a tour stop in Minneapolis. "If you're not careful, tempers start flaring, people start leaving, bands start breaking up. It's better to go away, let everybody calm down and reset and let go for awhile.

"So we just took a year off and were like, 'Let's not think about Collective Soul for a second.' It was like taking a holiday, a vacation from Collective Soul. And I'm glad we did it.

During that time off Roland launched another band, Sweet Tea Project, while guitarist Dean Roland made an album with his Magnets & Ghosts and bassist Will Turpin released an EP and a live set with his band The Way. Coming back together for "See What You Started...," which came out Oct. 2, the group "had a blast," according to Roland.

"We genuinely had a lot of fun making the record," he says. "We were able to go out and do pre-production live; we would learn a song, go play the songs live, get an arrangement and then take it in to record. But we got to experience them with our fans first, which was a good opportunity." All but four of the 11 tracks were road-tested and sometimes changed when the quintet returned to the studio.

"The songs really got a chance to blossom with just playing them live," Roland notes. "And it was a much more simplified recording process this time. We would set the drums up and play as a band. We actually talked about that because we used to record that way but then got caught up in trying to be too clean, too perfect. We actually used to sit in the room and play and record, so we went back to that formula."

"We went back and listened to what we first started doing and wanted to do that again. Hopefully people can hear and feel that we had fun making this record."

Collective Soul

Monday, Oct. 26. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $33.

Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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