Collective Soul

London Music Hall and FM 96 presents

Collective Soul

Royal Tusk

Mon, May 2, 2016

Doors: 7:00 am / Show: 8:00 pm

$29.50 - $135.00

This event is 19 and over

Collective Soul
Collective Soul
Hailing from the city of Atlanta, Georgia, Collective Soul shot to international fame with their 1993 release Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, and their mega #1 hit "Shine." The album was a collection of Ed Roland's demos that spread quickly through the college underground circuit and caught fire, going on to achieve Double-Platinum status. After having been invited to the 25th Anniversary Woodstock concert, Collective Soul went into the studio to record their sophomore follow up. The self-titled Collective Soul, released in March of 1995, would be the album that would help define their sound of catchy melodies and guitar driven songs. Containing four outstanding singles (three of which reached #1), "December," "The World I Know," "Where The River Flows," and "Gel," it became Collective Soul's highest selling album to date. The album went Triple-Platinum and spent 76 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

Collective Soul went back into the studio and vented their spleen on 1997's Platinum Disciplined Breakdown, which produced two more #1 hits, "Precious Declaration" and "Listen." 1999 brought the album Dosage, a critically acclaimed set of songs that fans count as the band's best. The album took a meticulous six months to record, and provided another strong showing for the band, producing the #1 hit song "Heavy," which would take the top Billboard spot for a (then) record of 15 weeks. Of the band's 5th studio album, Rolling Stone cheered, "Blender simply shreds with unapologetic classic-rock energy." Dosage offered three more radio heavy smash hits with "Why, Part 2," "Vent" and "Perfect Day," a duet with Sir Elton John.

After releasing a Greatest Hits set entitled 7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994-2001, Collective Soul ended their contract with Atlantic Records and created their own label El Music Group. The first release on the label was Youth (2004). The lyrics, in particular "Better Now," declared the band's newfound confidence and independence. Two more records and a concert DVD were released under the El Music Group imprint in 2005 and 2006: the EP From The Ground Up and Home – their lush, live, concert event with the Atlanta City Youth Orchestra.

In 2007 the band made an exclusive deal with all Target stores to be the sole seller of their 7th Studio album, Afterwords. The fans dug it, opening at #25 on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums Chart, proving Collective Soul was now conquering the digital world. The album was later released wide on El Music Group.

"Tremble For My Beloved" found Collective Soul on the soundtrack to one of the hottest movies of 2008 – Twilight. "We heard through the grapevine that Stephanie Meyer was a fan of Collective Soul's music and lyrics," says Ed. Expanding to tweens opened up a whole new audience for the band.

In 2009, a new label and new momentum. Collective Soul released their latest studio effort Collective Soul, on Roadrunner Records.

In 2010, Collective Soul parted with Roadrunner and returned to El Music Group. The band is currently playing shows and working in the studio on their new album.
Royal Tusk
You can't stop a mammoth.

Especially a rock 'n' roll mammoth led by singer/guitarist Daniel Carriere and bassist Sandy MacKinnon.

Royal Tusk is the name of their beast — a shaggy, tenacious force with hints of Americana, soul, and a whole lotta heart. Their first six-song EP, Mountain, is due June 10 on Hidden Pony Records. You could say the title refers to the pair's immovable friendship, but it's also a cheeky nod to their persistence as musicians — not even a mountain can deter Royal Tusk.

"We've been pushing a cart uphill for years," Carriere chuckles. "We just don't know how to stop," MacKinnon admits.

You might recognize the two from Ten Second Epic, one of Edmonton's most beloved rock bands. After 12 years, three albums and two Juno nominations, Ten Second Epic is winding down, but Carriere and MacKinnon still want to make music together. "With the experience of Ten Second Epic, we learned how to do it right, so we know which tunes to put forward …," says Carriere. "… And not to be so sensitive if something isn't as good as something else," adds MacKinnon, who sports a tattoo of a bass-playing mammoth on is right arm. "Not to mention having spent the last 12 years in a van."

"Some of these songs are really old. I feel there's a certain amount of climbing … and learning what you really wanna do. There's also a certain amount of catharsis, as if you're closing a chapter by writing these songs," Carriere says. "Most of them, kind of cryptically, address certain people, relationships that I've had in my life.

During some downtime from Ten Second Epic, Carriere also briefly co-fronted DreamFace, a pop band. "I wanted to make sure Royal Tusk was very player-oriented, whereas in DreamFace, I pretty much wrote every part and recorded it," says Carriere. Keyboardist Motorbike James, guitarist J. Eygenraam and drummer Kurtis Schultz round off Royal Tusk. "With Royal Tusk, I get a rough idea of a song and say, 'OK, guys, let's go, write your parts!' I wanted to get excited again, hear what they bring to the table. Sometimes if you write every single note, you're like 'What is this?' It's the dynamic between people that makes music fun and inspires you."

You can hear the fun and excitement on Mountain, produced by Gus Van Go (The Stills, Said The Whale, Hollerado). Even when Royal Tusk is tackling heartache, regret or indecision, their songs seem to burst with joy — thanks to bubbly organs, soulful grooves, elasticized riffs, and Carriere's warm, but defiant vocals on tracks such as the first single, Shadow of Love, and The Letter.

With a forth-coming EP and impending tour dates, Carriere and MacKinnon will once again get in the van and continue pushing forward.
Nope, you really can't stop a mammoth.
Venue Information:
London Music Hall - CA
185 Queens Ave.
London, ON, N6A 1J1

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