Collective Soul's Dean Roland on Twilight and turning 20

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Collective Soul will celebrate 20 years in the music industry this year and they show no sign of slowing down. The Georgia-based rock band kicked off their national tour in May and have plans to record a new album in the near future.

Arguably best known for hits like "December," "Shine," and "The World I Know," Collective Soul will play at The Brick tonight. Gimme Noise talked with guitarist Dean Roland about Twilight, sibling rivalry and Collective Soul's 20 year career.


Why did you guys decide to play the full Dosage album on this tour?


Since we hadn't toured in almost three years, we knew that we wanted to do something different than what we'd done in the past. We hadn't recorded anything new yet, so the idea came up of playing one of our records in its entirety. Dosage has always been one of our favorites. It was really when we came together and felt like we got our footing in terms of what direction we wanted to go in as a band creatively. There wasn't a whole lot of discussion about what album we'd perform. Dosage felt the most natural.

You have started to work on some new songs. Will we hear any new material at your show in Minneapolis?

We're still working on some of the new songs. They haven't really come to fruition yet. We have some seed ideas so we're working through some of those things and they're still forming. I hope we'll be able to pull some of the new stuff when we play in Minneapolis.

Collective Soul's "Tremble for my Beloved" was featured in the film Twilight. Did you realize how popular the series was?

We realized it pretty quickly, but I honestly didn't know before. It was the first movie and not necessarily our audience, but it was cool. Next year will be Collective Soul's 20th anniversary so it was cool to be introduced to a younger audience.

Now that you've seen the film, are you on team Edward or team Jacob?

[Laughs] I'm a musician and I stay up all night, so I'm team Edward.

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Twilight might not be your guilty pleasure, but do you have one?

I don't really feel guilty about it, but I love going to animated movies. I also love going to movies by myself.

Collective Soul has been in the music industry for almost 20 years. How do you think you've managed to stay relevant?

We've never adhered to any trends and we've always tried to stay true to what types of music we felt comfortable making. We went at it from that angle and music's always been our passion -- that's why we're here. Hopefully over years you get better at what you do and hopefully we've gotten a little better.... who knows?

How will Collective Soul celebrate its 20th anniversary?

Hopefully we will go into the studio later this year and record a new record. It would be cool to go into the archives and see a bunch of different song ideas that never saw the light of day and see if it would make sense to release them. It might be interesting to some of the fans to check out. Maybe we'll play a big birthday bash somewhere.

What's it like to be in a band with your brother Ed?

The short answer is that it's great. You're with family you have each other's back. The long answer is that sometimes it can be difficult. We're two different people and we have two different approaches to reach a goal. It can be frustrating at times, but all-in-all it's like anything- it's your brother and there's going to be tough times and good times. In the end, it's been a really great thing and we've had a really great time together.  

Collective Soul will play at The Brick on Friday, June 22. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-27.



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