27 April 2010
Collective Soul founder Ed Roland studied music composition and guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. His prior band from the late 80s to early 90s was called Marching Two-Step, but they were a club band without a record contract.
In 1993, Roland's song "Shine" from the Rising Storm label release of Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid became an underground hit. Roland teamed up with Shane Evans, his brother Dean Roland, Will Turpin and Ross Childress as the new band lineup.
Ed Roland was reading Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead and came across the phrase "collective soul.". Rand uses the phrase "collective soul" as a threat to the main character's sense of individualism. Roland has said that the choice was not in support of "Ayn Rand, objectivism, egoism, or anything...we just dug the name."
Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid