Chevelle's Pete Loeffler Loves the '80s; Gun-Wielding Fans? Not So Much

Illinois-based rockers Chevelle have a clear-cut formula when it comes to making music: They keep it honest and real. They've never strayed far from their controlled chaos and somehow gentle rampage or their mix of dark magnetism and gothic pop (think early Tool meets The Cure if you haven't heard radio-dominating hits like "The Red").

Their sixth album, 2011's Hats Off to The Bull, sticks to the game plan. Never too flashy, the three musicians remain humble and dedicated to their sound, and it's resonated with audiences.

Singer/guitarist Pete Loeffler sat down with Up on the Sun to talk about being back on the road, crazy fans with guns, not having security because of Dave Grohl, and why he loves Tears For Fears.

Chevelle is scheduled to perform Saturday, April 28, as part of KUPD's UFest at Quail Run Park in Mesa.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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