Chevelle
Chevelle

Chevelle

About Chevelle

Like many bands with a lineup featuring brothers, the Illinois hard-rock band Chevelle leverage their familial bonds for deeply engaging music. Singer/guitarist Pete Loeffler boasts one of mainstream rock’s most dynamic voices—he can move from a clenched-teeth growl to a cathartic scream at a moment’s notice—while his drummer brother Sam lays down gnarled, propulsive rhythms that take cues from snarled prog and shredding metal. The Loefflers formed Chevelle in the mid-’90s, soon adding their younger sibling, bassist/vocalist Joe. The trio issued their Steve Albini-helmed debut album, 1999’s Point #1, via a Christian label and won two Dove Awards before making a leap to the secular world with 2002’s Wonder What’s Next, which spawned the simmering single “The Red” and the pummeling No. 1 radio hit “Send the Pain Below.” With these singles cementing Chevelle’s place in hard rock’s upper echelon, the group refused to rest on their laurels. The churning riffs of 2004’s “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)” progressed into complex songs such as 2011’s “Face to the Floor” and 2014’s “Take Out the Gunman,” both of which take inspiration from the murky guitar tones and seething, emotional lyrics favored by TOOL. The latter influence is also heard on the band’s 2021 album NIRATIAS—although, as usual, this is merely a jumping-off point for their dense, enveloping take on rock.

  • ORIGIN
    Grayslake, IL
  • FORMED
    1995

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