CHEVELLE’s SAM LOEFFLER: Keeping A Band Together Is ‘Harder Than A Marriage’

Written by on March 25, 2021

CHEVELLE drummer Sam Loeffler spoke to Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 about his relationship with his brother, frontman Pete Loeffler. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Pete and I have been best friends since we were pretty young. I was probably 12 or 13, he was 11 or 12, somewhere around that, when we actually started really hanging out. Before that, you’re just kind of that typical little brother situation. We share a lot of interest too; that helps a lot. I think that makes all the difference.

“I’ll tell you what: I think the secret to any [band’s] longevity is just not breaking up,” he continued. “It’s a very stressful life, which most jobs are, but it’s stressful being together that compact for that long. And I think that’s why you have these bands that have been around forever that can’t stand each other, that can’t be around each other. Think about the band OASIS — those two guys [lead singer Liam Gallagher and songwriter/lead guitarist Noel Gallagher] have a legendary hate for each other. And it’s amazing and it’s funny and everything, but it’s sad too, because they can’t do their thing because they hate each other.

“We’ve toured with tons of bands that hate each other, and they just get in the bus and they do it, just because it’s their job, but they hate each other. So there’s not gonna [be too much] good coming from it in the future.

“I don’t know what the secret to that is, man,” Sam added. “Honestly, I don’t know. But stay together for as long as you can, and hopefully you can keep writing good music. But it is difficult, man. It is worse than a marriage, harder than a marriage. And I know, ’cause I’ve been married for almost 13 years, I think. The relationships on the road can just rub you sideways.”

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