JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

April 17, 2012
Ford Park
Beaumont, TX USA
Review by Michael Victorick
Photos by Michael Victorick

Chevelle - Chevelle, Dead Sara - Beaumont, TX

There's nothing like those long drives on Texas roads to put you in the right frame of mind. That said, my extended jaunt from Houston to Beaumont was somewhat filled with anticipation because I was finally catching up with one of my all-time favorite bands, Chevelle.

I've been following this group since they released the brilliant Wonder What's Next in 2002. At the time, I was surprised that Chevelle was literally a true family affair. Guitarist Pete Loeffler wrote the music as well as handled the lead vocals. Brothers Sam on drums and Joe on bass, handled the rest. Joe was acrimoniously fired from the band in 2005. Strenuous touring had taken its toll on him, and depending on who you talk to, the parting was a mutual decision. His replacement was brother-in-law Dean Bernardini. Yes, this band is truly 'all in the family' and it will probably always be that way.

The evening started off with the opening act, Dead Sara. This was their second time to play the state of Texas, and they didn't waste the opportunity with their brief, six-song set. The group has been pushing their self-titled debut and put on one hell of an energetic show. The band's lead singer, with her Janis Joplin rasp to her voice, left you wanting to hear more. Simply an amazing set of pipes.

As for Chevelle, their trajectory has been going upward the past ten years. Each successive album adds another layer to the brilliant repertoire this band can draw from. Tonight, the group was on the second leg of the Hats Off to the Bull tour. Released late last year, five of the 16 songs performed this night were pulled from the recording. The band pulled three songs from the 2009 release, Sci-Fi Crimes, including "Letters to a Thief", "Sleep Apnea" and "Jars". The rest of the set was represented by a song or two from all of Chevelle's past album efforts.

It was nice to see this 'modern day family' do everything from their new single, "Same Ole Trip" to their oldest, "Point #1". I'll admit I was a bit disappointed not to hear "Send the Pain Below" and "Well Enough Alone," but hey, you can't have everything. The more memorable moments of the show included "The Red", "I Get It", "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)" and the more recent "Face to the Floor" which closed the show. If you're reading this review, and have never seen Chevelle, do yourself a favor and catch them in a city near you. You won't be disappointed.

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Letter to a Thief
Point #1
Hats Off to the Bull
Sleep Apnea
Same Ole' Trip
The Meddler
Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)
I Get It
The Clincher
The Red
Face To the Floor