Chevelle has been around for quite some time and today we're going back to ther beginning for them. They released their debut album, Point #1 on May 4, 1999 and it didn't do much chart wise. The lead single and title track reached number 40 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, but other than that, there's not much success to be noted here.
There's a fairly obvious reason for that though. Like most debut albums, it has its flaws. At this stage, unless a band has a fanastic team to help make them sound impecible, you're going to have a few faux pas'. Its just inevitable. This album was released through a small label, and it was the late 90's, and it shows. Everything sounds fantastic, but the music seems to drown out the vocals on some of the tracks, such as "Point #1."
Here's something I really like about this album. It sounds like Chevelle, just in a slightly lesser quality. That probably makes very little sense, but let me explain. I discovered them about two albums later, and actually am only hear this album for the first time just now as I write this review. So I'm used to their 'classic' and 'modern' sounds, not their original sound. They've clearly always had the same feel to them, they've simply just grown and improved on it. That's something I can really respect and enjoy. Plus, its cool to hear a band you've known of for 8+ years in an early state.
If I had to pick a stand out track, it would actually be "Prove To You", which has a subject matter that I feel often is over looked. We have songs all the time against people. Songs that are saying how hurt you are by someone's actions, how much you still care, things like that. So rarely do you see the other side of that story. Where the person that's being fought against simply wants to prove themselves and they don't want to let someone down. This song expresses that. Its just saying they promise to fight for you, and they're going to prove to you that they're there. For some reason, that spoke to me on a personal level, so I had to share it.
All in all, I would have to say Chevelle made a great start, and sincerely have come a long way. Once again, this album came out in 1999, so they've done quite a bit since then. Since the release of this album, Chevelle have released seven more albums, had several big hits, and gone on countless tours. They're not stopping there either. They're actually on tour right now here in the US with Dinosaur Pile Up and Black Map. From there they will be heading over to Europe to perform with Avenged Sevenfold in several countries such as Germany, Austria, France, Denmark and more!
Then they get a bit of downtime before performing at several festivals around the US. Those festivals include Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, and Rock On The Range. For more information, please head on over to the respective festival websites and Chevelle's as well for all the tour dates!
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