On April 22, Premier Guitar met with guitarist Pete Loeffler and bassist Dean Bernardini of the band CHEVELLE before their sold-out show at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tennessee. Loeffler gave Premier Guitar the lowdown on tuning to C and answered a questions posted by the Premier Guitar Facebook followers. Bernardini showed Premier Guitar some cool mods on his Ibanez basses and explained how to make a stage look appropriately creepy. Check out the footage below.
CHEVELLE's seventh studio album, "La Gárgola", sold around 45,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Epic.
"La Gárgola" was recorded in Pasadena, California instead of the band's usual spot in their hometown of Chicago, and follows up 2011's "Hats Off To The Bull".
The "La Gárgola" cover features a dark figure wearing a buttoned up coat and a beak-like mask worn by plague doctors back in the days.
Drummer Sam Loeffler explained the group's sound to Loudwire Reloaded, saying: "At the end of the day I think we sound like our band without trying to sound like somebody else, and that's important. But at the same time you hope your music evolves. To me, it does evolve, but it's still melodic hard rock music which is what inspires us to want to write."
The first single, "Take Out The Gunman", addresses the issues of guns and mass shootings, but Loeffler says it's also about more than that. "It is hitting a little close to home," he tells The Pulse Of Radio. "However, certainly it's about that but the real point is about how the media sensationalizes it and how it perpetuates it, because we talk about it so much and concentrate on it so much, which is — when you put something on television, it just becomes bigger than life and then, you know, the age-old question is, if you don't put it on TV and nobody knows about it, will it happen less? I don't know."