[Spotlight] The Collection
By: Angelica Grady
Local band The Collection is back on the road and have a new album releasing in November. David Wimbish, the frontman of the group, grew up in Waxhaw, a small town just South of Charlotte. It was there that he met a couple of the original band members. A few years later, they all relocated to Greensboro and lived in the Glenwood area, where they soon connected to other musicians who shared their same passions. Wimbish and the group decided to “bring these songs to life,” and thus, The Collection formed.
The Collection’s style of music has been described in many ways. “I’ve heard people call it many things but probably the closest thing is Chamber Folk-Pop,” Wimbish said. The Collection’s live shows are loud like a rock show, with folk music at its heart. The band’s sound consists of orchestral instruments along with string and brass instruments as well. In the early days, The Collection performed with as many as 15 to 18 band members on tour with many instruments. “Now, it’s kind of fun because there are less people, but each person in the band plays three or four instruments. So during the shows, people are usually switching off instruments a lot.”
The Collection began touring in 2014 during summer vacation. However, it wasn’t until the debut of their first full-length album when the band decided to start touring seriously. With over 15 band members, traveling was difficult for the group. Eventually, the band reduced to seven members that would tour regularly. Several more band members left the group after the 2017 second album release, leaving Wimbish to wonder about the future of the band. This bump in the road did not stop Wimbish and the band’s determination to keep going.
He continued to work on a new record, and new band members were added, making six members now in The Collection. Since then, The Collection has been successful in their musical journey. Their last tour was in the Midwest and West Coast this past spring, and now they have started a new tour for this fall.
“We feel really lucky to have people who listen to our music all over the country and all over the world,” Wimbish said.
The Collection hopes to keep putting out music that’s honest and can “speak to the human experience, struggle and hope.” One of the most important goals for the band “is to really try to play shows that are more diverse with more diverse bands.” The Collection has some members identify as LGBTQ+, so they feel passionate about being able to give space or support for that community. “We feel passionate about trying to make space for voices that have not been given a voice, especially in our country lately.”
Be sure to check out The Collection’s newest album “Entropy” debuting Nov. 3 at The Ramkat in Winston-Salem. Local artists Cashavelly Morrison and The Genuine will be joining The Collection for their album release party. Tickets range from $7.75 to $10 and can be purchased via Etix.