Chevelle (band)

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Chevelle in 2014. From left to right: Dean Bernardini, Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler
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Origin Grayslake, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1995–present
Past members
  • Joe Loeffler

Chevelle is an American rock band formed in Grayslake, Illinois in 1995. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler (lead vocals and guitar), Sam Loeffler (drums and percussion) and Joe Loeffler (bass and backing vocals). [1] When Joe left the band in 2005, Geno Lenardo subbed-in as the bassist until he was replaced by Pete and Sam's brother-in-law, Dean Bernardini.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily from the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Grayslake, Illinois Village in Illinois, United States

Grayslake is a village in Lake County in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is located in the Chicago metropolitan area, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Chicago's downtown, 14 miles (23 km) west of Lake Michigan, and 15 miles (24 km) south of the Wisconsin border. The village's population at the 2010 census was 20,957.

Pete Loeffler American musician

Pete Loeffler is a musician, known for his work with the Chicago-area rock band Chevelle, for which he is the lead vocalist and sole guitar player.


Chevelle has sold over four million albums in the United States. [2] The band's first studio album, Point #1 , was released on a small record label called Squint Entertainment. Chevelle's second album, Wonder What's Next (2002), was certified Platinum by the RIAA after a debut at No. 14 on the United States albums chart, Billboard 200. This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) (2004), the band's third album debuted at No. 8 and has been certified Gold. Chevelle has since released a fourth album, Vena Sera (2007), a fifth album, Sci-Fi Crimes , (2009), and a sixth album Hats Off to the Bull (2011). Their seventh album, La Gárgola , was released on April 1, 2014. Their eighth album, The North Corridor , was released on July 8, 2016. Other releases from Chevelle include two live albums, DVDs and a compilation of band favorites.

<i>Point No. 1</i> 1999 studio album by Chevelle

Point #1 is the debut album of American alternative metal band Chevelle, released May 4, 1999. It is the only Chevelle album released by Squint Entertainment and their only collaboration with producer Steve Albini. The album featured a notable single in its title track but achieved only minor success, especially compared to Chevelle's major label follow-up in 2002.

Squint Entertainment was a record label owned by Word Entertainment, started in 1997 and run by musician and songwriter Steve Taylor. Squint pushed Sixpence None the Richer to mainstream success with their single "Kiss Me".. Other successful bands, such as Chevelle, emerged from Squint's brief creative life.

<i>Wonder Whats Next</i> 2002 studio album by Chevelle

Wonder What's Next is the second studio album by American rock band Chevelle, released on October 8, 2002 by Epic Records. Spawning the singles "The Red" and "Send the Pain Below", it proved to be Chevelle's breakthrough album, landing them high-profile tour slots including the main stage of Ozzfest 2003. Having sold over one million copies, Wonder What's Next remains the band's most successful album.


Formation, The Blue Album and Point #1 (1995–2001)

Chevelle formed in 1995 in Grayslake, Illinois, when brothers Pete Loeffler and Sam Loeffler started enjoying music. Pete started playing guitar and singing while Sam began playing drums in their parents' garage. Their youngest brother Joe joined the band later on within the same year of formation. [3] Each of the band members were self-taught musicians. The name Chevelle came from the band members' passion for fast cars. [4] It was also a car their father liked, the Chevrolet Chevelle. [5] The band started playing small outdoor concerts and clubs around Chicago, Illinois, with Joe being only 14 years old. [3]

Chevrolet Chevelle Mid-sized automobile

The Chevrolet Chevelle is a mid-sized automobile which was produced by Chevrolet in three generations for the 1964 through 1977 model years. Part of the General Motors (GM) A-Body platform, the Chevelle was one of Chevrolet's most successful nameplates. Body styles include coupes, sedans, convertibles and station wagons. Super Sport versions were produced through the 1973 model year, and Lagunas from 1973 through 1976. After a four-year absence, the El Camino was reintroduced as part of the new Chevelle lineup in 1964. The Chevelle also provided the platform for the Monte Carlo introduced in 1970. The Malibu, the top of the line model through 1972, completely replaced the Chevelle nameplate for the redesigned, downsized 1978 model year.

Illinois American State

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Chevelle recorded a 7-track demo known as The Blue Album, released in 1998, [6] and played small concerts for the next three years until they were signed on to Steve Taylor's Squint Entertainment, [3] a contemporary Christian music label. [7] The band recorded with Steve Albini for 17 days in Electrical Audio studios and released its first full-length album, Point #1 and in 1999. [8] Two singles were released from the Point #1 album with accompanying music videos, "Point #1" and "Mia". [9] The songs received GMA Dove Awards for the more popular song "Mia" in 2000 and "Point #1" in 2001. [10] The album received an award for "Hard Music Album" in 2000 by the Dove Awards. [11] Point #1 was well received by The Phantom Tollbooth, a Christian music website, and HM Magazine , [12] [13] yet was criticized for its repetitive song structures by Jesus Freak Hideout, a Christian music website. [14]

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Roland Stephen "Steve" Taylor, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music executive, film maker, and actor. A figure in what has come to be known as Christian alternative rock, Taylor enjoyed a successful solo career during the 1980s, and also served in the short-lived group Chagall Guevara. In contrast to many Christian musical artists, his songs have often taken aim at other Christians with the use of satirical, sardonic lyrics. In 1997, he founded the record label Squint Entertainment, which fueled the careers of artists such as Sixpence None the Richer, Chevelle, and Burlap to Cashmere. Despite this success, Taylor was ousted from the label by its parent, Word Entertainment, in 2001. He has produced and written for numerous musical acts, one of the most consistent being Newsboys. As a film-maker, Taylor co-wrote, directed, and produced the feature films Down Under the Big Top, The Second Chance, and Blue Like Jazz. After a decade and a half of hiatus, Taylor returned to performing music in 2010 as the front-man for Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil, a supergroup he founded with Peter Furler, Jimmy Abegg, and John Mark Painter.

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Wonder What's Next (2002–2003)

Chevelle toured as support to bands such as Sevendust, Machine Head, Filter, and Powerman 5000 in this period. Squint Entertainment closed down in 2001 and the band signed with Epic Records in 2002. [3] In 2002 Chevelle released its second studio album Wonder What's Next on Epic Records. [15] The band released the single "The Red", which reached No. 3 on the Mainstream rock charts, and the video was played in regular rotation on MTV. [16] Wonder What's Next soon peaked at No. 14 on the United States Billboard 200 album chart. [17] Brian O'Neil of Allmusic stated the album "offers uniqueness not often heard in more commercial fare, no mean feat." [18] Chevelle released two more singles from the album, "Closure", and "Send the Pain Below", the latter of which reached the No. 1 position on both of the mainstream rock and modern rock charts. [16] Wonder What's Next was certified platinum by the RIAA with excess sales of one million copies sold in the United States alone in 2003. [19]

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Machine Head (band) American metal band

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In 2003, Chevelle performed at Ozzfest, where the band recorded and later released its first live album, Live from the Road , and a live DVD, Live from the Norva . [15] [20] The band toured Europe with Audioslave in early 2003, and later in the year they played on the Music as a Weapon II tour with Disturbed. [20] On the tour with Disturbed, Chevelle appeared on the tour compilation album, titled Music as a Weapon II , featuring the songs "The Red" and "Forfeit". [21] Keith Miller of was critical of Chevelle for touring with Ozzfest with bands such as Cradle of Filth, who he claimed incorporated strong satanic and anti-Christian themes into their lyrics. [22] In 2004 Sam Loeffler said, "It's something that's probably going to follow us around forever and that's fine. It's pretty simple. We originally signed with a record company that was backed by Word (a Christian label housing John Tesh and Amy Grant), so the record [Point #1] was in Christian bookstores. It was really an accidental thing." [22] [23] Sam also told the Chicago Tribune, "Our faith is still extremely important to us, but it's also very personal. None of us feels being a rock band on stage should be a pedestal for preaching." [24]

Ozzfest is an annual festival tour of the United States and sometimes Europe featuring performances by many heavy metal and hard rock musical groups. It was founded by Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon Osbourne, both of whom also organise each yearly tour with their son Jack Osbourne. The Ozzfest tour has featured bands of a variety of genres within heavy metal and hard rock, including alternative metal, thrash metal, industrial metal, metalcore, hardcore punk, deathcore, nu metal, death metal, post-hardcore, gothic metal and black metal. Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath have played the tour several times over the years.

<i>Live from the Road</i> 2003 live album by Chevelle

Live from the Road is the first live album released by American alternative metal band Chevelle. It was released in 2003 on Epic Records. It was recorded on Ozzfest 2003, where Chevelle served as a mainstage act, and accompanies the concert DVD Live from the Norva, released October 13. Live from the Road primarily features songs from Chevelle's major label debut, 2002's Platinum-selling Wonder What's Next.

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This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) and the departure of Joe Loeffler (2004–2006)

This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) was recorded in early 2004, and was released in September 2004. [15] The album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, and was certified gold by the RIAA six weeks later. [17] [25] Johnny Loftus of Allmusic described the songs on the album as "strong dynamically, but sound predetermined — they don't separate from the general loud rock malaise." [26] The song "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)" was released as the first single from the album and reached the No. 1 position on the Mainstream Rock chart. [16] [27] Two other singles were released from the album, the titles of which are "The Clincher" peaking at No. 3 on the Mainstream rock chart, and "Panic Prone" which peaked at No. 26 on the same chart. [16] Before the album's release, Chevelle received attention when "The Clincher" was featured in the video game Madden NFL 2005 . [28]

After the release of the album, the youngest of the brothers, Joe Loeffler, was dismissed from Chevelle. Due to different stories from the band members, it is unclear whether he was fired or left the band of his own accord. Pete and Sam stated the following on the band's official website: "After three years of non-stop touring and recording, Joe is taking a break to be home with family. We'll miss having him on the road with us, but as his brothers and bandmates we respect his decision and are looking forward to getting out there and playing for the fans. See you on tour." [29] However, according to Ultimate Guitar Archive, Joe said he was fired. [29]

The band supported This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) with a headlining tour that included opening acts such as Taproot and Thirty Seconds to Mars, and continued playing small tours in 2005 with Geno Lenardo from the band Filter. In 2006 Chevelle supported Nickelback for an arena tour across the United States, with a new permanent bassist, the Loeffler brothers' brother-in-law and longtime friend, Dean Bernardini. [20] [29]

Vena Sera (2007–2008)

Vocalist and guitarist Pete Loeffler performing in 2007 Pete Loeffler at 2007 MyCokeFest in Atlanta.JPG
Vocalist and guitarist Pete Loeffler performing in 2007

In 2006 Chevelle recorded its fourth studio album titled Vena Sera . The album was the first album Chevelle recorded with Bernardini. Vena Sera was released in April 2007, debuting at No. 12 on the Billboard 200, and sold 62,000 copies during its first week of release. [30] The title of the album translates to "vein liquid" in Latin, representing the blood Chevelle put into making the album, according to Pete. [31]

Corey Apar of Allmusic states that "Vena Sera probably won't disappoint fans, and it didn't, if for the sole fact that it basically sounds just like Chevelle's other albums". He noted that the song "I Get It" "has a relatively lighter underbelly than the rest, which is a nice change of pace, but it's ultimately too little, too late". [32] "Well Enough Alone", the first single from the album, was written about the departure of Joe Loeffler, and reached No. 4 on the Mainstream rock charts. [16] Chevelle toured with Evanescence, Finger Eleven, and Strata during March and April 2007, followed by a headlining tour with the latter two bands in May and June. [20] The second single from the album, "I Get It", was released on June 12, 2007, and a video for the song debuted on MTV on November 27, 2007. [33] In July of the same year Chevelle toured Australia as a supporting act for the band The Butterfly Effect. On the tour in Australia, Chevelle's band manager Rose died of cancer, much to the distress of the band. [31]

On May 9, 2007, during a show in Fort Worth, Texas Chevelle's trailer containing all of the band's equipment was stolen from the hotel at which the members were staying. The band posted a notice saying, "Most items are labeled 'Chevelle' and if you notice anything suspicious on eBay or other online resellers selling 'authentic' Chevelle items... guitar, basses, drums, amplifiers, risers, backdrops, tee shirts... please call the police..." A month later in an interview, Sam Loeffler stated, "Of the 14 guitars, we got two of 'em, and then we got some amplifiers back and our monitor system. So it's really, I mean it's cool because it's kind of like Christmas, only really weird. People have been calling us and saying, 'Hey, I bought this or that', and you know, we're just doing our best to buy it back from them. And certainly the issue is not a money issue, it's about having the pieces of gear that you did all your records with." [34]

Sci-Fi Crimes, Hats Off to the Bull and Stray Arrows (2009–2012)

Pete performing live at the Carnival of Madness tour in 2012 at the Laredo Energy Arena Pete of Chevelle Live at the Carnival of Madness 2012.JPG
Pete performing live at the Carnival of Madness tour in 2012 at the Laredo Energy Arena

In 2009, Chevelle entered a studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Brian Virtue. Sam Loeffler stated, "We have spent a lot of time making these songs something different from past records without losing the core of our passion. We are a hard rock, melodic band and it's still what drives us as musicians." [35] The new album, titled Sci-Fi Crimes was released on August 31, 2009, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 album chart with sales of about 46,000, the highest entry onto the chart to date for the band., [36] The album was praised by Jared Johnson of Allmusic for taking a step in a new direction in regards to the lyrics. Pete Loeffler normally wrote lyrics about personal subjects, however on Sci-Fi Crimes, he wrote of stories including apparitions, conspiracy theories, and erratic sleeping conditions. [37] The tour following the release of Sci-Fi Crimes was in the Fall of 2009. Opening for Chevelle on this tour was Halestorm, Adelitas Way, and After Midnight Project. [38] [39]

In January 2011, Chevelle released a live CD/DVD combo titled Any Last Words . The release was part of Chevelle's ten-year anniversary as a recording band. As a special offer for fans, part of the pre-order package included a T-shirt and the fans' name in the 'thank yous' part of the album booklet. [36]

At the end of 2011, Chevelle released Hats Off to the Bull , their sixth studio album. The album's first single was titled "Face to the Floor", which reached No. 3 on Billboard's Rock songs chart. [40] The album debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard charts and sold 43,000 copies in its first week of release. [41] Joe Barresi, who produced Hats Off to the Bull said of the album, "Rather than simply subscribing to a tried-and-true formula, they made a conscious effort to incorporate new sounds and textures into their patented airtight anthems. As a result, Hats Off to the Bull is one of the group's most infectious and impressive offerings to date." [41] Allmusic reviewer Gregory Heaney stated the album is "Heavy and dramatic, the album is packed full of tightly coiled, muscular riffs, giving the album a controlled feeling more like a slow burn than an explosive, cathartic release." [42]

Also, a compilation album of band favorites called Stray Arrows: A Collection of Favorites , was released to stores on December 4, 2012. The compilation includes 11 songs and a previously unreleased track titled "Fizgig". The Best Buy version has 15 songs and the track "Fizgig". [43]

La Gárgola, The North Corridor and 12 Bloody Spies (2014–present)

After wrapping up touring in support of Hats off to the Bull in 2013, Chevelle entered the studio to record their seventh album, re-teaming with Joe Barresi to produce the album. [44] Recording and production finished early in 2014,[ citation needed ] and the band announced on February 1 that the album, to be released April 1, 2014, would be titled La Gárgola (Spanish for "the gargoyle"). [45] The first single from the album, titled "Take Out the Gunman", debuted on February 3 on the band's Vevo and YouTube Channel, [46] with the single being released the next day. [47] [48] The album reached the top of the Rock Album chart in April 2014. [49]

In an interview with 105.7 The Point on May 23, 2015, the band stated that after their last show of their tour in St. Louis, they would focus on writing new material, and that future work would be moving in a heavier-sounding direction. [50]

On May 10, 2016, the band announced that their new album will be titled The North Corridor , which was released on July 8, 2016. The first single from the album is "Joyride (Omen)" which became their fifth song to reach No. 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. [51] [52]

On September 27, 2018, the band announced a new B-sides & rarities album, 12 Bloody Spies , which was released on October 26.[ citation needed ]

Musical style and influences

Chevelle has been classified as alternative metal, [53] [54] [55] post-grunge, [56] [57] [58] hard rock, [59] [60] [61] [62] and alternative rock. [63] [64] The band's most popular albums, Wonder What's Next and This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), both are described as nu metal. [65] [66]

Their primary musical influences as stated by the band members are Helmet, Tool, and The Cure. [67] [68] [69] Chevelle has frequently been compared to Tool throughout its career, specifically when the band released its music video for "Mia" featuring a claymation doll throughout the video, much like the Tool music video for "Sober" or "Prison Sex". [70] Pete Loeffler's singing voice was stated to sound a "tiny bit" like that of Tool's Maynard James Keenan, and the band's music has been compared to Tool's "dark" tone of music. [67]

Despite comparisons to Tool, many critics such as Andree Farias and Andy Argyrakis of Christianity Today and Robert Rich of The Daily Texan have stated Chevelle as having a unique sound to their music. [23] [24] [67] The Daily Texan described their music as "a kind of controlled chaos, a beautiful darkness, a gentle rampage of aural velocity", and drew away from the band's comparisons to Tool by stating "Tool have always embraced their experimental side and released scathing social commentaries and criticisms, while Chevelle write radio-friendly tunes with subtly deep meanings, but with overtones easily grasped by any listener." [67] Andree Farias of Christianity Today has reviewed Chevelle's first three albums, praising them as "commanding vocals over jolting guitars and chest-thumping bass beats." [23]

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