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Chevelle is a hard rock band from Chicago. Formed in 1995, the band consisted of three brothers: Pete Loeffler (guitar, vocals), Sam (drums), and Joe (bass). They're named after the Chevy Chevelle, a car that the brothers' dad liked.With their second album, Wonder What's Next and its breakthrough singles, "The Red" and "Send the Pain Below", Chevelle achieved great mainstream success. If you listen to any Alternative music station regularly, you've probably heard several of their songs. The band's style features heavy, down-tuned riffs, a driving rhythm section and Pete Loeffler's versatile singing, which can jump from a serene whisper to a shout in a moment's notice. Joe left the band in 2005 for disputed reasons and was replaced by Dean Bernardini, Pete and Sam's brother-in-law.
"Well Enough Alone" starts with an axe murder Metal Scream, and it can easily scare the crap out of an unprepared listener... especially if you're listening to Vena Sera in order for the first time, where this track comes right after the subdued ending of "Saferwaters."
Darker and Edgier: La Gargola, musically. The instruments often drown out Pete Loeffler's vocals here.
Determinator: "Hats Off To The Bull" which is about never giving up, just like a bull in a bullfight.
Disproportionate Retribution: The video to "I Get It". Did your boss refuse to let you use the "winner's" elevator and steal your sandwich? Time to have him stalked by a clown, beaten up by a UFC champion, and tattooed with the words "Mr. Perfect" on his forehead. Admittedly, humiliating his employee when the guy was giving a presentation was pretty low, but still.
Harsher in Hindsight as, a couple of albums later Joe would leave/be kicked out of Chevelle (depending on whose side of the story you listen to) on acrimonious terms, only to be replaced by Dean Bernardini - the Loefflers' brother-in-law. One can only imagine that makes for some awkward family reunions - if, in fact, there are any at all.
Early Installment Weirdness: Point #1 is much more unpolished than later works, in part due to Steve Albini's production. Pete's vocals are also different and the entire album has more of a debt to Tool's sound than succeeding albums.
Indecipherable Lyrics: On the first listen, it can be nearly impossible to understand anything Pete is singing in "The Fad".
Monster Clown: The video for "The Fad" has a gang of clowns kidnapping people and beating them up. Not enirely played straight, as the people were wrongdoers being taught a lesson and are freed afterwards. The "I Get It" video also has a clown in it.
Not Christian Rock: Caused a whole controversy due to the fact that they were briefly on a Christian label and the lyrics of a few songs like "Grab Thy Hand". The band members themselves are Christians, but Sam has said "None of us feels being a rock band on stage should be a pedestal for preaching".
One Woman Song: "Mia". Incidentally, someone named Mia is thanked by the band in the liner notes to their first two albums.
Performance Video: Almost all of the band's videos feature them performing the song in some context. "Letter From a Thief" consists entirely of this.
Surreal Music Video: The clip for "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)" appears to be this, with the lead singer floating through bizarre landscapes, along with the band performing in a hospital room, and some other random imagery. Once you realize what the song is about, it all makes sense, as the video represents the hallucinations sometimes experienced by people who are addicted to Ritalin.