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Chevelle Keeps Its Rock Hard, Melodic

Of the Oakland Press

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Pete Loeffler acknowledges that over the course of four albums, Chevelle has evolved into “a hard, melodic rock band. We write hooks, big choruses for fans to sing along to.”

But that doesn’t mean the hard part takes a back seat.

The Chicago trio’s latest album, 2007’s “Vena Sera,” is a case in point. Recorded in Las Vegas and Virginia, it strikes a heavier tone than any of its predecessors. Loeffler, 31, notes that it contains no acoustic tracks and even has some “risks” such as the single “I Get It,” which has what singer-guitarist Loeffler calls “more of, like, a disco super-beat sort of thing. It’s different for us.”

But, Loeffler adds, the core of Chevelle, and “Vena Sera” — which has sold about 260,000 copies so far — is the hard stuff.

“We’re lucky,” he says. “A lot of bands want to put out a heavy record and then they end up getting caught up in the whole political label thing, which is really tough to break out of. You have a little success and people want that (sound) again.

“Luckily, we started out that way and didn’t deviate from it too much. We grew up writing heavy music, so we can deliver what people expect from us.”

Chevelle, Finger Eleven and God Or Julie perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 5) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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