Clones

Album: Hats Off To The Bull (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • The Chicago Alternative Metal trio close their sixth album with this piece of old school Chevelle. Singer and guitarist Pete Loeffler admitted to Artist Direct that he had concerns about including the song on Hats Off To The Bull before his brother, drummer Sam Loeffler convinced him. "I was terrified to put that on the album because when we'd rehearse it, we'd say the same thing. It feels like it should've been on the first record, Point #1," he said. "Have we moved beyond and do we want that sound? Sam was all about it, and I'm glad that he was. Back then, I didn't really feel it as much as he did. When somebody in the band has such strong feelings, you want to get on board because half the time you're all struggling with decisions. The arrangement on that song went every which way, and it turned out that the simplest arrangement was the best for it."
  • The song touches on the criticism that Chevelle have received from some quarters that they are just clones of acts such as progressive-metal band Tool. Pete Loeffler explained to Artist Direct: "It's about getting s--t from peers and people saying that you're ripping somebody else off. As you're coming up in the world of music, you're going to get a lot of s--t. People are trying to figure out what you are and what you're doing, and they want to label you. I'm thumbing my nose at that conversation. A lot of people will still say that we sound like Tool. It happens every time we put an album out. I'm certainly not going for that; I'm trying to be honest with what I like to play. 'Clones' touches on that a lot."

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