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New Chevelle album came, but not easily

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Chevelle has always been happy to be heavy.

But singer-guitarist Pete Loeffler felt it was even more important for the Chicago area trio to hit hard on its recently released eight album, "The NOrth Corridor."

"I had a really good grasp on what I wanted it to sound like," Loeffler, 39, says by phone from his home in Chicago's northern suburbs. "I talked with the guys and said, 'I really want to make a really heavy record this time around, go back to our (2002's) 'Wonder What`s Next' roots a little bit. And it's what we like to play live, so it just made sense."

And, he adds, it wasn't a hard sell for his older brother Sam, Chevelle's drummer, and bassist Dean, their brother-in-law). "Sam and Dean love heavy music as well; Sam likes a lot of hardcore, scream-o stuff, so he was happy with that. They basically let me go and agreed that heavy was a good way to go."

It certainly seems to have been the right decision. "The North Corridor" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart -- Chevelle's second, following 2014's "La Gorgola." It also topped the Alternative and Hard Rock Albums charts, with plenty of airplay for the single "Joyride (Omen)."

The album did not come easy, however. Recorded mostly in Los Angeles with producer Joe Barresi, Pete Loeffler wound up taking some of the material home in order to get it finished after hitting a roadblock in the studio.

"This record was tough. I basically didn't know if we were ever gonna finish it," Loeffler acknowledges. "It was almost like I wasn't happy with anything. There were a few songs that I knew were great ideas, and yet I couldn't put them out the way they were, so we actually had a point of crisis in the studio. We had some depressing moments there.

"I literally left L.A. without (the song 'Last Days') done and I came home and worked on it at my house and added all these new parts and e.mailed them off to Joe Barresi. I think I was over-complicating the whole thing but I'm happy that it worked out."

Chevelle, Bush, Black Map and the Dead Deads

6 p.m. Sunday, July 24.

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights.

Tickets are $39-$79 pavilion, $25 lawn.

Call (586) 268-5100 or visit palacenet.com.

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