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Sam Loeffler
Chevelle - United States


Multi-platinum artists Chevelle have just wrapped up recording their highly-anticipated new album, Sci-Fi Crimes, which will hit stores later this summer. The Chicago-based trio spent seven weeks co-producing the new album with Brian Virtue (Jane’s Addiction, 30 Seconds to Mars, Deftones) in Nashville, Tennessee and are excited to hit the road and debut their new material. This new album marks Chevelle’s fifth studio album and will follow up 2007’s smash Vena Sera.


Bands often book studio time in remote, isolated locations where the biggest distraction is the refrigerator, and the best way to kill the boredom is to get to work on the task at hand. Multi-platinum Epic recording artists Chevelle took the opposite approach, recording their new album VENA SERA at the Palms Studio in the heart of Las Vegas. There they were flooded with temptation-from the bustling poker tables and ringing slot machines to the flashy Lamborghini lent to them by casino owner Gavin Maloof.

"It was a totally different vibe," says Chevelle guitarist, singer and songwriter Pete Loeffler. "It was chaotic and crazy. We'd get up and go work for a while. Then at nine or ten at night, we'd hit a different club or go to a different venue."

"We decided to make the experience like a vacation," adds band drummer and Pete's brother Sam Loeffler. "And we were disciplined enough to separate the work we needed to do from the fun we wanted to have." To some extent, VENA SERA reflects the environment of its birth. The music is still bruising and propelled by angry, stomping grooves, but unlike much of the band's back catalog, many of the songs are uptempo and suffused with strong vocal melodies and vibrant harmonies. "We spent six to twelve hours a day-for four months straight-working on the melodies," adds Sam. "We really put in the time that we needed to make these songs what they are."

It shows. VENA SERA is Chevelle's catchiest, heaviest, most dynamic and most expressive album to date. Filled with an array of sonic styles and tempos, colored by personal, passionate lyrics, the songs are both a declaration of contempt for the mainstream and a celebration of a counterculture driven by crashing beats and blasting power chords.

Also contributing the influx of new energy was bassist Dean Bernardini, who joined the band in August 2005, replacing original member Joe Loeffler, who left in July 2005. Originally a drummer, Bernardini - who happens to be the Loeffler's brother-in-law -- has played bass for the past decade, so when he expressed interest in joining, the Loefflers handed him a list of songs to learn, then set up an audition.

The Loefflers formed Chevelle in Chicago in 1995. After climbing to the top of the local hard rock scene, the band entered the studio with legendary producer Steve Albini and recorded their debut album Point #1 in 1999. After several high profile tours, Chevelle were signed by Epic Records, and in 2001 they entered the studio to record their second album Wonder What's Next. Propelled by the single "Send the Pain Below," which climbed to #1 on the Mainstream and Modern Rock chart, the album quickly went platinum and Chevelle were one of the main stage attractions at that summer's Ozzfest.

The next year, the band released the concert CD and DVD "Live From the Road," and in 2004 they returned to the studio to record their third album This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In). The disc continued Chevelle's winning streak; "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)" climbed to #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and "The Clincher" also received heavy airplay.

With VENA SERA, Chevelle has returned stronger and more tightly knit then ever. Not only does the album reveal the band's musical growth, it revels in a renewed sense drive and determination. Chevelle are still an evocative, crushing hard rock band, but they now gleam with solidarity instead of threatening to fall apart at any moment. "While we were working on this album we have gone from a really hard time in our lives to having the time of our lives," Pete says. "Before everything with this band was filled with drama obstacles, and now the road finally looks clear up ahead."


Equipment Configuration

Reference Series
Ivory Pearl finish
22x18 bass drum
10x9 tom
12x9 tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 snare drum

DR503 ICON rack
RJ50 rack joint
PCX100 clamp x 12
PCX200 clamp x 4
UX80S universal clamp
H2000 hi-hat stand
S2000 snare stand
TH1000 tom holder x 2
TH2000 tom holder x 2
T1000 tom stand
CH80 cymbal holder x 7
P122TW double pedal
D1000 throne
CLH100 closed hi-hat

MRP Masters Series
Red Sparkle w/ black hardware
8x8 tom
10x9 tom
10x10 tom
12x9 tom
16x16 floor tom
22x18 bass drum
20x14 gong drum
14x6.5 UltraCast snare drum
PTT1212 percussion table

MMP Master Series
Silver Sparkle Wrap
22x18 bass drum
10x8 tom
10x10 tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5 free floating brass snare

Masterworks Series
Silver Sparkle finish
6-ply shell
22x18 bass drum
10x8 tom**
10x10 tom**
12x10 tom**
16x16 floor tom*
18x16 floor tom*
14x8 snare drum**
* (4 birch/2 maple)
**(2 birch/2 mahog/2 birch)