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May 11, 2004

Chevelle Moving Ahead With New Album

Modern rock act Chevelle is at work on its next Epic album with an eye on a fall release. The as-yet-untitled set is being recorded in Los Angeles and will be co-produced by the band with Michael Elvis Baskette. An extensive tour will follow its release.

"I want to avoid being one of those bands that follows-up a successful album by watering down what they did before," says guitarist/vocalist Pete Loeffler. "I asked [drummer] Sam [Loeffler] to break out the double-kick bass-drum pedal because I want to make an album that's more aggressive than anything we've done before but doesn't sacrifice melody or dynamics."

The album will be the follow-up to 2002's "Wonder What's Next," which has sold 1.16 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It included the single "Send the Pain Below," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks airplay chart.

One track tipped for inclusion is "Still Running," which was recently issued on Wind-Up's "The Punisher" soundtrack. "We're pretty sure that song will make the new album, but it probably won't be the same version," says Sam Loeffler.

The drummer told Billboard.com last summer that the members of Chevelle are being careful not to let their success change them. "Everything is almost anti-climactic, because you work so hard, and when things do hit, you want them to last," he said. "We're writing the music we want to write, and not changing it for anyone. We're not letting the success influence our lifestyles, either."