The lead single from Chevelle's Niratias album finds frontman Pete Loeffler taking on science deniers, who he believes are risking forward progress.
Well, it's too much to lose
Oh, it's time, or self-destruct
They don't care what the science says
They don't want to talk
Though the lyrics seem to reference the COVID-19 pandemic and anti-vaxxers, Loeffler penned the song well before the coronavirus era. "It stems from a conversation I had with someone, and they were just largely a huge science-denier," Loeffler told ABC Audio. "It's funny how that works, because it was written in 2019, way before any of us saw COVID being a possibility."
The aggressive song involves plenty of finger work on the fretboard for Loeffler. Because of the long gap between writing and releasing it, the Chevelle guitarist had to learn how to play the track all over again during lockdown with his drummer brother, Sam Loeffler.
Unlike Chevelle's previous albums, Niratias is a concept record dealing with themes such as science and interstellar travel (the title is an acronym for "Nothing Is Real and This Is a Simulation). "This album talks about simulation theory, space travel, and all this wild technology," Pete Loeffler explained to Apple Music. "But the title is also a reference to basically losing your job overnight because the music industry stopped."
Chevelle's longtime producer Joe Barresi helmed the album. They first teamed up with Barresi for their 2011 record Hats Off to the Bull and have stuck with him since.