CHEVELLE: Live at Irving Plaza
Opening Acts: Black Map, Dinosaur Pile-Up
July 11st, 2017
A review by Gerswin Reynolds
Chevelle made a name for themselves in the early 2000s as one of the mainstream rock bands that could tread the line between radio-friendly and being just underground enough to be cool.
Singles like “Send the Pain Below,” and “The Red” found their way onto those Now That’s What I Call Music compilation discs. While fans might cringe at the prospect that one of their favorite bands found such success in the mainstream, it was well earned–Chevelle are masters of writing unique rock tunes and continue to put out quality music that is still as hard-hitting and catchy as their breakout album Wonder What’s Next so long ago.
It’s very rare that a three-piece rock band could match the power and intensity of 5 piece bands, but Chevelle find a way to be crushingly heavy.
The band eased the audience in with rocking tracks like “Another Know It All,” and “The Clincher” from their 3rd Release This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In.
From there, singer Pete Loeffler tore his vocal cords through new tracks like “Young Wicked,” “Rivers“, and “Joy Ride (Omen).” It should be noted that his voice grew more powerful and intense throughout the night, never losing its place in the mix.
Chevelle stopped the show in the middle of the set to seemingly take a request, and settled on playing “Emotional Drought,” a song that had not been played live since 2010. This track not only received a great response from die-hard fans, it again showed Chevelle’s ability to write deep-album tracks that can compete with their best radio singles. Bassist Dean Bernardini and brother Sam Loeffler kept the grooves tight and cranked out the intensity as Pete grew more uproarious.
Where most bands make the choice to tone down their music, Chevelle has only gotten more brazen with age. Their brand of rock shows no sign of becoming stale or going soft. Chevelle is a band whose career is at an all-time high, and they can maintain their success for 10 years more.
Chevelle Setlist at Irving Plaza July 11st, 2017
01 – Another Know It All
02 – The Clincher
03 – Young Wicked
04 – Take Out the Gunman
05 – An Island
06 – Jars
07 – Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)
08 – Rivers
09 – Joyride (Omen)
10 – Face to the Floor
11 – Emotional Drought
12 – I Get It
13 – An Evening With El Diablo
14 – Door to Door Cannibals
15 – Hats Off to the Bull
16 – The Red
17 – Forfeit
18 – Send the Pain Below
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