Chevelle wanted a little less drama when it set out to make its fifth album, "Sci-Fi Crimes," which came out in September.
The hard rocking sibling trio had to replace bassist, and brother, Joe between its previous two albums after years of acrimony. But drummer Sam Loeffler says making "Sci-Fi Crimes" -- with brother-in-law Dean Bernardi, who came on board in 2005 -- corrected the group's warbling equilibrium.
"Having it be such a tight-knit group now, we were able to just have a good time and do the record we wanted to write," Sam Loeffler, 35, says. "Without a doubt we tried to have more fun; we even took a trip to Mexico together, all of us, which was great.
"We've never taken a vacation in our lives. We stayed in a resort and a bunch of our friends and families came and it was a great time. I want to do it again."
For the time being, however, Chevelle -- which also includes Pete Loeffler on guitar and vocals -- is still on the road promoting "Sci-Fi Crimes," which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in September. Pete Loeffler says that this time the group set out to make "a record that was more true to what our live sound is like" -- and he feels like Chevelle accomplished that.
"We wanted to go in the studio and play the tracks and just record them and not make a perfect record the way I think a lot of our records in the past have been made," Loeffler explains. "We just went in and recorded...not tuning the vocals and not tuning every single chord and not adding samples so ever single snare hit is exactly the same.
"It's not a sonically perfect record; it's more like you get if you go into a studio and just play. And I'm curious to see if people notice a difference."
Chevelle, Sick Puppies and Janus perform Tuesday (Feb. 16) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $29 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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