Chevelle Comes Home with SnoCore, Crossfade
By Randy J. Klodz
The annual SnoCore tour brings winter sport-themed video interludes between
the performances of some rock’s biggest bands, and this year’s
installment was no different. SnoCore 2005, headlined by Chicago’s own
Chevelle, with rock bands Crossfade, Helmet, Future Leaders of the World and
Strata also on the bill, hit Chicago’s sold-out Congress Theatre on
Crossfade, a South Carolina-based rock band—which features Ed Sloan
(lead vocals, guitar), Mitch James (bass, backing vocals), Tony Byroads (vocals,
turntables, sampler) and James Branham (drums)—shined in a strong 30-minute
set that sent the early arriving crowd into a frenzy. The high-strung hit
song “Cold” received the loudest roar from the Congress Theatre
crowd, but “Colors,” “No Giving Up” and “Death
Trend Setta,” and Crossfade’s unique 3-pronged vocal attack kept
the crowd primed for hometown favorites Chevelle.
Although the Chicago crowd enjoyed sets by Future Leaders of the World, Crossfade
and Helmet, as soon as the lights went out to begin Chevelle’s set,
with just the “Chevelle” logo glowing on the drum riser visible,
it was easy to tell that Chevelle was the night’s biggest attraction.
Chicago’s most famous north-suburban rock band features the brothers
Loeffler—Pete (vocals, guitar), Joe (bass, backing vocals) and Sam (drums).
Pete Loeffler rocked his guitar in his patented pose with his left leg atop
a stage monitor as his strong singing voice sent Chevelle’s biggest
fans into sing-along mode on hard-hitting songs “Send the Pain Below,”
“Forfeit,” “Family System” and “The Clincher,”
and many others.
Upon the dramatic finish of the hit “Comfortable Liar,” Pete
Loeffler calmly addressed the crowd with a grin: “This is a special
night, so I guess we’ll play this song,” which sparked the famous
introduction to the hit song “The Red.” Chevelle kept the momentum
of the smash hit going, as Sam Loeffler stood upon his drum bench flailing
his arms upward directing the crowd to get pumped, as if they needed it. Chevelle
then tore into a rousing version of “Don’t Fake This.”
Chevelle ended its set with the band’s most recent hit single, “Vitamin
R (Leading Us Along)” from the new album “This Kind of Thinking
(Could Do Us In)” and the title track of the band’s 2002 groundbreaking
release “Wonder What’s Next.”
The current installment of the SnoCore tour runs through March 14 when Chevelle
and company run through Janus Landing in St. Petersburg, Fla. For more information
on the SnoCore tour log on to www.snocore.com.