Chevelle singer/guitarist Pete Loeffler and drummer Sam Loeffler have spoken candidly in a new interview with Loudwire about their estrangement from their brother and former bassist Joe Loeffler, who left the group in 2005 and was replaced by the Loefflers’ brother-in-law, Dead Bernardini.
Sam said, “Our first record came out in 1999, so technically he was only with us for about six years of our career. And even then, he was never really there at all. He never wrote anything. He wasn’t even in the room when we wrote. He never wanted to be part of the creation of the songs. He just learned all his parts in the studio and showed up when he had to do whatever his part was.”
Pete added, “That kid . . . We literally have not spoken to him since he said, ‘You’re going to hear from my lawyer.’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ So he can kiss my ass.” The breaking point came for the other two Loefflers when Joe refused to tour overseas. Pete explained, “It was a pretty negative, harsh thing, but the reality is we never had a good relationship. You just have those people in your family or in your life that you just never really got along with. He never got along with us.”
Chevelle recently issued a collection called 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides And Rarities. The set features rare and previously unreleased songs from throughout the band’s career, right up through the trio’s 2016 album The North Corridor. The group is currently at work on a new LP.