Track Review: Chevelle, 'Face To the Floor'

80 Billboard Rating

"Face To the Floor" (3:42)
Producer: Evil Joe Barresi, Chevelle
Writer: Pete Loeffler
Publisher: Sushi Grade Music (BMI)

The boys in Chevelle are rarely presented as anything other than angst-ridden and angry, but with "Face To The Floor," the first single from their forthcoming sixth album, "Hats Off to the Bull," the listener get a little more insight into what is getting these dudes so hot. Over a chugging, post-grunge guitar riff, singer Pete Loeffler proclaims, "To pick up the tip doesn't mean a lot/Fiddle inside your drawers/If we own the night then spread it out/Or pack up without a clue." A succinct survey of how most of the nation is smarting from hard economic times -- complete with a Bernie Madoff reference in the lyrics -- "Floor" delivers nearly four minutes of the cathartic alt-metal fans have come to expect from Chevelle. This time, though, the band wants to stir their minds, not just their tempers.

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