Order the new release, La Gárgola by Chevelle, and get a limited* autographed CD booklet with purchase!
Chevelle open yet another doorway on their seventh full-length record, La Gárgola [Epic Records]. After nearly two decades together, six albums, and countless sold out gigs, the Chicago alternative rock outfit-Pete Loeffler [guitars, vocals], Sam Loeffler [drums], and Dean Bernardini [bass, vocals]-confidently sail through uncharted waters and emerge with a collection that's equally intricate and intimate.
Certainly, it builds upon the group's impressive foundation, including the 2002 platinum-selling genre staple Wonder What's Next and the gold-certified follow-up This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In as well as experimental epic Sci-Fi Crimes and, most recently, 2011's Hats Off To The Bull, which respectively debuted at #9 and #19 on the Billboard Top 200. However, their signature style naturally morphs into a powerful and passionate new beast, otherwise known as La Gárgola-Spanish for "Gargoyle."
"I don't want Chevelle to sound like every other rock band out there," declares Pete. "On this album, we experimented with a lot of stomp boxes, vintage amps, effects, and tools that we never had in the past. It nods to the spirit of Sci-Fi Crimes, but we went further than ever. I had a clear path I wanted to follow." "'This is a little more alternative," Sam adds. "It's still us, but it stands out."
The trio augmented its creative arsenal both musically and lyrically. Pete immersed himself in the classic work of fellow Chicagoans the iconic Ministry, culling an industrial sensibility for his latest compositions. That's most prominent within the bruising guitar throb of "Jawbreaker" and the apocalyptic haze of "The Island" where electronic percussion collides with fuzzed-out six-string twang. "My brother always swore off drum machines," laughs Pete. "I wanted that fast, dark, and aggressive tone so I bought him an electronic drum kit as a compromise. We wrote in an industrial way, adding something else to what we normally would do."
In order to capture their own newfound fire, the band teamed up with Hats Off To The Bull producer Joe Barresi [Queens of The Stone Age, Tool, Coheed and Cambria] once again. They retreated to his Pasadena, CA studio and embarked down an unmapped path together in late 2013.
"You don't want to repeat yourself," affirms Sam. "Joe always pushes us to try new things. He's not content to let us fall into a formula. He wants to seize something different with each song. Every record has to take on its own identity, and he gets that. As an artist, you have to progress."
Chevelle's U.S. Tour Dates:
- 4/04 - Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN
- 4/05 - The Pageant - St Louis, MO
- 4/07 - The Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, NE
- 4/08 - Gillioz Theatre - Springfield, MO
- 4/10 - Bayou Music Center - Houston, TX
- 4/12 - St. Mary's University - San Antonio, TX
- 4/13 - House Of Blues - Dallas, TX
- 4/14 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
- 4/15 - The Cotillion - Wichita, KS
- 4/17 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
- 4/18 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
- 4/19 - 93X Ice Breaker - St Paul, MN
- 4/21 - Orbit Room - Grand Rapids, MI
- 4/22 - Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, TN
- 4/23 - The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
- 4/25 - 98 Rockfest - Tampa, FL
- 4/26 - Welcome To Rockville Festival - Jacksonville, FL
- 5/17 - Columbus Crew Stadium - Columbus, OH
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