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Chevelle is an American rock trio that formed in 1995 in Grayslake, Illinois. The band originally comprised three brothers: Pete (lead vocals/guitar), Sam (drums/percussion), and Joe Loeffler (bass/backing vocals). Joe left the band in 2005 and was replaced by brother-in-law, Dean Bernardini, soon after. Chevelle has sold nearly two million albums in the United States. The band's first full-length album, Point #1 was released on a small record label called Squint Entertainment. Chevelle has since released a fourth album, Vena Sera and the band recently finished recording its fifth album, Sci-Fi Crimes, which was released on August 31, 2009. Other releases from Chevelle include a live album and a DVD.

About Chevelle band

Chevelle started writing songs for their fifth album in 2008. In 2009, the band 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." Chevelle issued updates and videos from the studio on its official Myspace page as the album was recorded. On April 9, 2009, in their first concert back in Atlanta Georgia, Chevelle premiered two new songs from the new album: "Letter From a Thief" and "Sleep Apnea". During an interview with Sam, it was confirmed that Sci-Fi Crimes would serve as the title of Chevelle's fifth studio album. Sci-Fi Crimes was released on August 31, 2009, peaking at #3 on the Billboard rock albums chart with sales of about 46,000, the highest entry onto the chart to date for the band. The first single from the album, "Jars" peaked at #2 on the modern rock charts as of October 19, 2009. The tour following the release of Sci-Fi Crimes was in the Fall of 2009. Opening for Chevelle on this tour was Halestorm and Adelitas Way.

Chevelle's primary musical influences as stated by the band members are Helmet, Tool, and The Cure. 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". Pete Loeffler's singing voice has been highly compared to that of Tool's Maynard James Keenan, and the band's music has been compared to Tool's "dark" tone of music.

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. 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.” 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.”