Music Scene: Collective Soul back thanks to 'Twilight'
For the first time in years, Collective Soul is back in the pop mainstream – and it’s all because of a little movie called “Twilight.”
When compiling the soundtrack for the popular vampire flick, the producers decided to include “Tremble for My Beloved,” a cut from the band’s 1999 album, “Dosage.” And the boys have been reaping the benefits ever since.
“It was just great when that song was included on the soundtrack,” said lead guitarist Joel Kosche, adding that the song has brought the band “a whole new generation of fans.”
Kosche, who replaced guitarist Russ Childress after the group took a break in 2001, worked for several years as the band’s guitar technician. So when the band reunited, he instantly fit right in alongside Ed Roland, a former Berklee College of Music student on vocals, keyboards and guitar; Dean Roland, Ed’s brother, on guitar; Will Turpin on bass; and Cheney Brannon on drums.
“This is still very much Ed Roland’s band,” said Kosche. “He is the primary songwriter, and our job as musicians is to try our best to fulfill his vision for songs.”
Kosche has a solo album, “Fight Years,” coming out June 15, and he asserts that it will be “in more of a hard rock vein than Collective Soul’s last few albums.”
But he says that “there’s no crazy, screaming stuff” on it.
“It is very melodic, very guitar driven, with no keyboards or sampling, and probably more like the rockin’ side of Collective Soul,” he said.
Kosche is the first to admit that recording sessions can be intense, which is why Ed Roland set up a studio inside his house to help alleviate some of the stress.
“Ed has a really beautiful house right on a lake in South Carolina,” Kosche said. “We would just sit around and try out riffs and hash out arrangements, and then, at the proper time, just hit the ‘record’ button.”
One of Kosche’s previous jobs was working as guitar tech for Steve Winwood.
“Most of Steve’s crew were either British or South African at the time,” said Kosche. “It was great fun hanging out with those guys.”