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Collective Soul - "Contagious" (audio) (premiere)

Photo by Joseph Guay

The Georgia veterans keep it simple on their latest track, and come through with a gem.

Georgia rock veterans Collective Soul are set to release See What You Started By Continuing on 2 October, their ninth album and first in six years. A handful of tracks have slowly been released over the summer, including the rambunctious single "This", but if you ask us we'd smugly say that we have the strongest new song to surface yet.

"Guitars guitars and more guitars!!!!" enthuses singer/guitarist Ed Roland when asked about the roaring "Contagious", and indeed that's the case. However what will please longtime fans of the band is just how neatly the song fits alongside Collective Soul's best compositions dating back to the early 1990s. It stays loyal to the band's groove rock formula, offering a dynamic give-and-take between churning riffs and smart vocal hooks. The band doesn't overreach, keeps it simple, and sounds vital in the process.

Be sure to catch Collective Soul on the road this fall:

Sept. 29 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

Oct. 1 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Oct. 3 Atlanta, GA @Tabernacle

Oct. 4 Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Fest

Oct. 6 Columbia, SC @ Music Farm

Oct. 7 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz

Oct. 9 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte

Oct. 10 Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Entertainment Center

Oct. 13 Washington DC @ The Fillmore

Oct. 14 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of The Living Arts (TLA)

Oct. 15 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

Oct. 17 Albany, NY @ The Egg – Hart Theatre

Oct. 19 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza City

Oct. 20 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

Oct. 25 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues City

Oct. 26 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

Oct. 27 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room

Oct. 30 Denver, CO, USA @ Summit Music Hall City

Oct. 31 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

Nov. 3 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre

Nov. 4 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

Nov. 6 Reno, NV @ Silver Legacy Hotel Casino

Nov. 9 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

Nov. 10 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Nov. 12 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

Nov. 13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

Nov. 14 Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Nov. 16 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

Nov. 18 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

Nov. 20 Austin, TX @ Emo’s

Nov. 21 San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater

Nov. 22 Houston, TX @ House of Blues

Nov. 24 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall

Nov. 25 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works

Nov. 27 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

Nov. 28 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues

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