Giving Bands A Second Chance: I Finally Saw Chevelle In Concert!


Hello there, Nimrods.

I know I haven’t been updating as much as I usually do, but I’ve had a trying year since four months ago when I got into a car accident. After that it was so much back and forth between the insurance company and myself. I was able to score another car within a month when they cut me a check, however, I was not impressed that my new vehicle came with no disc player, which meant that I’d be stuck listening to the radio again.

On my daily commute, a song came on the radio called “Joyride”. I speculated who this artist or band might be based on who they sounded like, but I couldn’t place it and I didn’t care enough to look it up. I was taken aback when the DJ announced the song belonged to Chevelle whose name I hadn’t heard in 15 years. You’ve probably already figured out I initially wasn’t a fan of this band when I heard “The Red” or any of their other singles that came out around that time, so you can guess how dumbfounded I felt when I heard it. That’s not even the worse part, because that would be the 4 or 5 times the song came on whenever I turned on my car to go to work, lunch or go back home.

I purchased the album featuring the song on“The North Corridor” released last summer, along with “La Gargola” from 2014, and absolutely adored it. Some days later I found out they were coming to Orlando for a concert, so after much debate, I finally purchased a ticket - just in time, because it later sold out. The show was held on July 19th, 2017 at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida. Although the two opening acts Dinosaur Pile-up and Black Map weren’t my cup of tea, I was impressed nonetheless.

That last sentence was why I wanted to write this article. I tend to be a harsh critic when it comes to music, especially when it’s different or something I haven’t been exposed to. I’ve noticed a pattern from years of experience that when I try to avoid something I don’t like, whatever it may be, it always comes back to bite me in the ass and then ends up being one of my favorite things. I have some pretty shitty habits when it comes to music; for example: judging bands too harshly, staying in my bubble and refusing to leave my comfort zone, hating a band for maybe one or two songs I don’t like, and many others. That may come off as narrow- minded but I like to have time and distance away from an artist until the novelty has worn off and I feel comfortable becoming a fan. Hell, I actually stopped looking for new music because I was just tired of it, especially at my age.

Last night’s was one of my most favorite concerts I’ve been to this year. I’m glad the hour drive was worth it, despite my anxious feelings while eating dinner before the show, but thankfully it all worked out in the end. I’ll definitely be seeing Chevelle when they return to Orlando in the future.

This isn’t exactly a concert review, but I just wanted to share some thoughts about something that’s been on my mind for months now. If you like this article and have felt similar things when it comes to giving artists a second chance, then comment down below or drop me a line on Twitter, Instagram or anywhere you want to talk to me about this or any music related stuff.


Another Known It All
The Clincher
Young Wicked
Take Out The Gunman
An Island
Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)
Joyride (Omen)
Face to the Floor
An Evening With El Diablo
Still Running
I Get It
Door to Door Cannibals
Hats of to the Bull

The Red
Comfortable Liar
Send The Pain Below