Chevelle Breaks The Ice at The Myth

Chev­elle took the stage with intense energy with an amaz­ing 90 minute set for the 93x Ice Breaker April 19 at The Myth in Maple­wood, Minn. The band sold out the venue while tour­ing in sup­port of their sev­enth album, “La Gar­gola.” The show also con­sisted of spe­cial guests Noth­ing More and Mid­dle Class Rut as openers.

Chev­elle is an Amer­i­can alter­na­tive rock band that was born in a sub­urb of Chicago in 1995. Orig­i­nally formed by broth­ers Pete Loef­fler, Sam Loef­fler and Joe Loef­fler, in 2005, Geno Lenardo replaced Joe Loef­fler as the new bass player and has been with the band ever since.

Geno Lenardo is actu­ally the brother-in-law of the Loef­fler broth­ers, which keeps Chev­elle an amaz­ing fam­ily band. In 1999 they released their first debut album “Point #1,” which had only minor suc­cess. The album that really got their name out there and had huge suc­cess was “Won­der What’s Next,” released in 2002. The album had major hits like “Send the Pain Below”, “The Red”, “Clo­sure”, and “Com­fort­able Liar”. Those pop­u­lar Chev­elle songs were def­i­nitely played dur­ing the concert.

It was 10 p.m. at The Myth, and the crowd was get­ting pumped for Chev­elle because at any moment they were about to explode onto the stage. The crowd went absolutely nuts in the 2,800 capac­ity venue when they heard the gui­tar riff for the first song of the night “Sleep Apnea.” You could feel the raw emo­tion and energy when Pete Loef­fler began to sing with his angelic voice. His voice makes peo­ple just want to melt right into the ground. Sam Loef­fler brought extreme energy to the stage with his inten­si­fy­ing drum beats. Geno Lenardo was all over the stage with his bass gui­tar and con­tributes to the band by pro­duc­ing that raw, unique sound that Chev­elle is known for.

What is great about Chev­elle is that they have their heavy trade­mark sound, but every song is dif­fer­ent. A diverse set went back and forth from their heav­ier songs to their lighter songs. The heav­ier songs that were “Sleep Apnea,” “The Clincher,” “Jars,” “Face to the Floor” and “Hats off to the Bull.” The band also played some songs from their new album, such as “Take out the Gun­man,” “An Island” and “Hunter Eats Hunter.”

An hour passed with the crowd in love with Chevelle’s amaz­ing per­for­mance and then Pete Loef­fler said, “Good­night; see you guys next time.”

The band left the stage; lights turned back off; and the gui­tar riff for “The Red” — one of Chevelle’s most pop­u­lar songs — was played. Pete Loef­fler was out there by him­self, tak­ing it all in as the crowd sang to “The Red.” The lights in the whole venue were lit red, mak­ing the song just that more spe­cial.
After “The Red,” the band played “Send the Pain Below” and “I Get It,” which are very pop­u­lar songs in the rock world. The band could not have ended the show with a bet­ter song; “I Get It” is a truly pow­er­ful and emo­tional song and made an absolutely great end­ing. The crowd screamed at the top of their lungs; the band took a bow and thanked every­one for the won­der­ful night and for sup­port­ing Chevelle.

Watch­ing the three rock­ers from Chicago do what they love to do was truly an amaz­ing sight to see, and I hope that Chev­elle keeps rock­ing their hearts out for eternity.

I rate this show 5 out 5.

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