Brothers Pete (Lead vocals and guitar) and Sam Loeffler (Drums and percussion) created the American alternative rock band Chevelle in 1995 in Grayslake, Illinois. Their younger brother Joe (Bass and backing vocals) joined them later in the same year. They named their band after their Father’s favorite car the Chevrolet Chevelle.
Chevelle recorded a demo ‘The Blue Album’ and released it in 1997. The band signed up Steve Taylors Squint Entertainment. The band’s debut album ‘Point #1’ was released in 1999, off the album 2 singles were release: ‘Point #1’ and ‘Mia’, both of which received GMA Dove Awards: ‘Mia’ in 2000 and ‘Point #1’ in 2001. The album also received the GMA Dove award for ‘Hard Music Album’ in 2000’.
In 2002 when Squint Entertainment closed down the band signed up with Epic Records. Chevelle released their second studio album ‘Wonder What’s Next’ in 2002. Their single ‘The Red’ released in 2002 peaked at #3 on the Mainstream Rock Charts. ‘Wonder What’s Next’ reached #14 on the American Billboard 200 chart. The band then released two singles: ‘Closure’ and ‘Send the Pain Below’. ‘Send the Pain Below’ peaked at #1 on both the Modern Rock Chart and Mainstream Rock charts. Their album was RIAA certified Platinum, with more than 1 million copies sold in the USA in 2003 alone
In 2003 Chevelle the band recorded and released their performance at the Ozzfest on a live album ‘Live from the Road’ and a live DVD ‘Live from the Norva’.
September 2004 Chevelle released their next album ‘This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), the album debuted at #8 on Billboard 200 and was RIAA certified Gold after 6 weeks. Their first single released off the album was ‘Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)’ which reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Charts. Two more of the albums singles were released: ‘The Clincher’ which peaked at #3 and ‘Panic Prone’ reached #26 on the Mainstream Rock Charts. Joe the younger brother left the band just after the release of this album. Joe was subbed on tour by Geno Lenardo until he could be replaced by Dean Bernardini( bass), their Brother–in-law.
Chevelle recorded its fourth album ‘Vena Sera’ in 2006 and it was released in April 2007, debuting at #12 on the USA Billboard 200. The first single from the album: ‘Well Enough Alone’ peaked at #4 on the Mainstream Rock Charts. The second single: ‘I Get It’ was released in June 2007.
In August 2009 Chevelle released their new album ‘Sci-Fi Crimes’ which peaked at #6 on the USA Billboard 200 Charts. January 2011 saw Chevelle releasing their CD/DVD combo ‘Any Last Words’. Their sixth album ‘Hats Off to the Bull’ was released in the late 2011, it peaked at #20 on the Billboards 200 Charts. The first single off the album was: ‘Face to the Floor’ peaked at #3 on Billboards Rock Song Charts. In December 2012 a compilation album of the band’s favorites titled ‘Stray Arrows: A Collection of Favorites’ was released.
Chevelle’s seventh album ‘La Gárgola’ was due for release in April 2014. The first single off the album: ‘Take Out the Gunman’ debuted in March 2014.
The band has released 7 studio albums, 2 live albums and 2 DVDs. This is their studio discography:
Point #1 (1999)
Wonder What’s Next (2002)
This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) (2004)
Vena Sera (2007)
Sci-Fi Crimes (2009)
Hats Off to the Bull (2011)
La Gárgola (2014)