"I'll stand for nothing less or never stand again/These are the limits when one's buried / The body's left the soul/…The brain needs oxygen/Can't sneak around this bait/His catacomb has got me by the chin/Could we have known?/Never would I, helped to nail down/With nothing to gain/Here's the clincher, this should be you."
—from "The Clincher"
Criticized by conservatives, embraced by many Christians, and supported by rock enthusiasts in all walks of life, there probably isn't a band more entrenched in the "are they/aren't they?" debate than Chevelle. Given the "Christian band" label the moment their Squint Entertainment debut Point #1 hit store shelves, the band of brothers acquired the title by default, not necessarily because they wanted to. "It's something that's probably going to follow us around forever and that's fine," drummer Sam Loeffler once told Entertainment Insiders. "It's pretty simple. We originally signed with a record company that was backed by Word [Records], so the record was in Christian bookstores. It was really an accidental thing."
Since they were a Christian band by association rather than by choice, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) almost mechanically touted them as one of their own, even after Squint collapsed and folded into its parent company. The trade organization honored them with multiple Dove awards—the GMA's equivalent to the Grammy—and their songs began receiving airplay on Christian radio. Unbeknownst to the trio, the industry kept claiming them throughout the lifecycle of their Epic Records debut Wonder What's Next, and the album eventually became the #3 best–selling title in the Christian market in 2003.
All along, Chevelle kept doing their own thing in ...1
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