There's been no shortage of good times on the current Korn/ Chevelle U.S. tour. Unfortunately, details surrounding most of them can't be printed here. Suffice it to say the boys of both bands know how to get down.
"It's kind of embarrassing, but we've been drinking a lot," Chevelle drummer Sam Loeffler said. "We've had a whole bunch of friends around, and we've partied a whole lot, except when we're riding our motorcycles."
Ah, yes, the motorcycles. One of the perks of being a platinum rock act is that when you tour, you tour in style. Which means not only a gigantic bus, but also a semi to haul all your amps, axes and, at least for Chevelle, a couple of motorcycles, too. Touring in such a grandiose manner probably makes a band want to spend as much time on the road as possible, and Chevelle have plans to do just that.
"We're going to be headlining SnoCore 2005, which starts in January in Vail, Colorado," Loeffler said. "The guys who organize it wanted us to be a part, and they wanted our input in who we want on the tour with us. So we're going to be playing with Helmet and Crossfade."
In the time off between ending their trek with Korn and headlining the annual winter tour, Chevelle will spend time in their Chicago studio, where they have a host of projects lined up: re-recording "The Clincher," the second single off their album This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) (see "Sharks, Snowfall, Angels: Chevelle's Take On Ritalin Haze"), and maybe, just maybe, a solo acoustic album by Sam's brother, lead singer Pete Loeffler.
"We're going to be doing a whole lot in our studio. We want to record a live version of 'The Clincher' to send to radio stations along with the album version," Sam Loeffler said. "And Pete is going to do his own record. He's got seven to 10 acoustic songs already written, and it's really cool. Some of them are songs Pete originally wrote as Chevelle songs, but he figured that they'd be better off as intimate acoustic ones."
Sam said that his brother is planning a two-week solo acoustic tour sometime in 2005. But first there's SnoCore, and, of course, shooting a video for "The Clincher," This Type of Thinking's crunching opening tune.
"It's such a big, badass song, so the video has got to be equally badass," Loeffler said. "I've got some ideas for videos, but they're all really expensive. And my ideas always involve running from the cops. Which, actually, might be a really good fit for this song."