CHETT to launch The Swell May 13

Some dream of spending their life doing what they love. For four guys in Rockford, this dream is a reality.

Luke LeFevre (vocals/guitar) and Chris Branstiter (guitar) began their musical journey in high school. They used to play Pearl Jam songs on their guitars.

College slowed their fun of playing, but only for a while. After graduation, the boys realized there wasn’t any fun in jobs to be had, if their hearts still belonged to music.

Along with Shawn DeVeirman (bass), they found a place to practice, named the band CHETT and started playing gigs.

By 2003, CHETT had produced its first demo, containing only a few songs. This demo would soon become their first full-length album, Weary Path, released in May 2004.

Tragedy struck when their drummer passed away of heart failure two weeks after the album release.

Though the band was devastated, they continued perfecting their art.

Stan Hulsey (drums/percussion/backup vocals) joined the band and began writing original songs for the band’s second album.

Since their first demo, the band’s songs have matured and are more unique and melodic.

“The new writing…just has more parts, softer parts and more intense parts,” LeFevre said.

CHETT’s second album, The Swell, has an old-school alternative/new-rock sound with a perfect blend of instruments and meaningful lyrics.

Even their last big show in DeKalb left CHETT virgins screaming for more. The band was surprised when people at the show who had never heard them before came up to share their newfound love.

“We just want people to hear us,” LeFevre said.

Hulsey added: “We love doing what we do. It’s an art and a craft to us, and we struggle through it because we don’t want to be a cover band. We love each other’s company. We have a blast every time we’re together. We get to create. Most people don’t get the chance to.”

CHETT finished a show in Chicago that places them in Round 3 of the Emergenza Festival. That round will be played at the Double Door in Chicago.

An early taste of the new album will be played May 11 during Bandamonium, beginning at 11 p.m. on 104.9 The X.

CHETT will release their second full-length album May 13 at Chubby Rain House of Tunes, 4210 Countryside Estates Drive, Poplar Grove. Fun begins with The Moment kicking off the evening at 9 p.m.

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From the May 3-9, 2006, issue

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