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‘Infinity look’: Chevelle adds ‘massive mirrors’ to stage set for tour with Breaking Benjamin

Chevelle makes a stop at Isleta Amphitheater on Friday, Sept. 13, as supporting act for Breaking Benjamin. (Courtesy of Christian-Lantry)

Chevelle is going to the looking glass for its current tour, supporting Breaking Benjamin.

“We have these massive mirrors that sort of give like an infinity look,” said Pete Loeffler, the band’s lead singer and guitarist. “We’re stepping up our stage look quite a bit. This is actually only half of it. We built a whole new look for this tour, and then we couldn’t use it all, which happens from time to time, but we’ll use it later on in the year when we go out to do our own headliners, and so we’ll actually have two looks this year which is funny because we don’t have a new album out yet but we stepped up the production to give people something to look forward to and to look deep into their souls as they listen to these old tracks.”

Chevelle will be pulling a song or two from each of its, albums including its latest”12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Rarities.”

“It was a little interesting, because some of them I hadn’t heard in so long and they were recorded many years ago, so it was one of those things where you go back and re-listen and you’re, like, ‘Oh, man, do we need to remix this stuff at this point,’ and then we decided, ‘Nah, it’s just a moment in time; let’s put it out the way it is,” Loeffler said.

Loeffler wrote 20 songs for an upcoming album and eight are recorded.

“I think it’s some of the best work we’ve ever done,” Loeffler said. “We went super-heavy on these last two albums, and I have pulled back from that, and there’s kind of getting back to some of the more melody and less screaming that I did early on. So you’re going to see more of that interstellar space travel talk ideas. I’m pretty fascinated with the idea of going to Mars, and so I’ve written a lot about that sort of from the point of view of someone who would actually get on a spacecraft and make that one-way journey.”

Chevelle has been going strong for more than 20 years. Over the years, Loeffler has gone from aiming to be “pristine and perfect” to having fun and letting go.

“I know that a lot has happened and a lot has changed, and once you get me started, I can bring a lot of that up,” he said. “A lot of it good some of it bad. I don’t know anybody in any band that doesn’t have any regrets. I have a few but that’s OK. I started saying on stage every night, ‘We’re just happy to be here.’ The landscape of rock and metal – who knows? – I don’t know where it’s going to go, and we’re still playing a lot of these older hits and a lot of the newer ones too, so, you know, we’re going to do it as long as we can and as long as it’s fun.”

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