By the tip of 2016, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! had reached heights that the majority bands can solely dream of. They’d performed for keen crowds world wide and have become fan favorites at Warped Tour. Their three killer albums had set the usual for easycore excellence, inserting them on equal footing with legendary teams equivalent to A Day To Remember and Four Year Strong.
After which they disappeared.
OK, they didn’t go utterly radio silent—however they stopped touring and making music, providing little details about what they had been as much as or once they had been coming again. What provides?
It seems that after 5 straight years of recording and touring, the band had been experiencing one thing we are able to all relate to: burnout. They tried to return into the studio to put in writing some new songs, however one thing simply wasn’t proper.
“After two or three months, we received lots of beginning factors in lots of totally different instructions, however we didn’t assume it was ok,” lead vocalist Bert Poncet says. “At that time, we had been like, ‘Hmm. Ought to we truly power it or take slightly extra time to course of it? Possibly we must always return to regular life and are available again to it afterward.’”
That’s precisely what they did. And now, 5 years later, Chunk! are lastly again with what might be the most effective work of their careers: Gone Are The Good Days, an absolute banger of an album and one among this summer season’s most hotly anticipated releases.
By no means content material to accept previous patterns and formulation, Chunk! have pushed their creativity in thrilling new instructions. A few love songs discover Poncet at his most weak and heartfelt, whereas a shock saxophone solo will depart your jaw on the ground. Even so, it’s nonetheless basic Chunk!: enjoyable, bouncy choruses and brutal breakdowns, plus the perennial marvel of Poncet’s voice, which masterfully switches from hovering tenor to deep, guttural scream.
And with the tip of the pandemic in sight, possibly Chunk!’s signature sound is strictly what we want. “I really feel like lots of people can relate to our music proper now as a result of that constructive vitality combined with anger is the place lots of people are,” Poncet says. “They’re offended on the world, possibly on the authorities, and so they wish to social gathering—however with some anger.”
Chunk!’s music actually does really feel extra well timed than ever, so we sat down with Poncet to ask about which lyrics imply probably the most to him, why followers could be misunderstanding the album title and which Jedi he would decide as his grasp.
The pandemic has been a bizarre time for everyone, however particularly for artists. Because you haven’t been enjoying exhibits, what have you ever been as much as over the past 12 months?
Effectively, I’m operating a enterprise, a recording studio referred to as Alias—that’s truly the place we produced the brand new album. However when France received locked down, all my shoppers for the complete 12 months canceled. I’ve to be trustworthy: I received actually apprehensive for a minute. I believed that I’d be operating out of enterprise and cash.
However I truly received lots of new shoppers. Lots of people began working from house due to COVID, in order that they began to choose up their guitars and jam slightly bit. They might ship me their tracks, and we labored on a number of songs with them, so it was truly a busy 12 months. My enterprise is doing fairly effectively proper now due to COVID, which is insane.
I really feel like COVID has triggered some kind of creativity for everybody, even those that didn’t count on it. And for us, the truth that we had loads of time to give attention to songwriting is what made the brand new album so particular.
Earlier than we focus on the brand new album, I wish to ask about your previous. I used to be blown away once I discovered that you’ve got a regulation diploma. Have you ever ever thought of what life could be like for those who had determined to turn out to be a lawyer?
It could not be as enjoyable as it’s proper now, that’s for certain. Nonetheless, I don’t remorse my research. Even when it doesn’t sound very rock ’n’ roll, once you research regulation, it helps you construction your thoughts and your ideas. I discovered quite a bit, and now I can learn a contract fairly effectively.
That most likely got here in helpful to your document offers, proper?
Positively. However I’ve to say that I used to be not the most effective in my class. It took me 4 years to get a three-year diploma, so I needed to do one 12 months twice. However then we received our take care of Fearless Records, and I’m glad I made a decision to do this as an alternative. As a result of there was some strain from my mother and father, [who were] saying, “Legislation is critical, in order that’s what it’s best to do.” However I knew that I needed to at the least give the band a shot and see how far we might go. Now right here we’re in 2021, with a fourth album and a few world excursions, and my mother and father are very proud.
Let’s speak concerning the new album. You’ve indicated that some listeners could be misunderstanding a few the songs, like “Bitter” and “Gone Are The Good Days.” What impression have folks been getting, and what message are you actually attempting to ship?
So we selected the album title Gone Are The Good Days as a result of it’s catchy and funky. However I’ve seen some feedback saying, “What a tragic title. You’re so pessimistic!” The preliminary thought was truly to consider nostalgia in a constructive approach as a result of nostalgia doesn’t essentially must be unhappy. All of us simply had a tough 12 months locked in our rooms, and I really feel that wanting again on all these good reminiscences—like with pals at exhibits—cheers you up. It has helped lots of my pals that had been in a really unhealthy place. So yeah, “gone are the great days” can sound slightly unhappy, however that doesn’t essentially imply that the longer term goes to be darkish or that the great days are positively over. It’s simply that all of us have these good reminiscences, the great previous occasions which can be actually cool to recollect.
That makes lots of sense, and also you see that within the lyrics of the title observe. It goes, “Gone are the great days, however they stick with me at all times.” Talking of lyrics, I’ve heard that your favourite lyric off the brand new album is from “True Colours,” and it’s a Shakespeare quote: “Heavy is the top that wears the crown.” What does that imply to you?
Effectively, to begin with, I believe it’s fairly stylish to have Shakespeare in a music. In a approach, I believe everyone can relate to that quote. Everyone knows that one man who’s at all times attempting to benefit from conditions, and in some unspecified time in the future, you’ve received to understand that these persons are simply not good to have round you—they’re poisonous.
So the music is about attempting to do away with these poisonous folks and attempting to know who you’re. We don’t have a really, very heavy observe on the document, but when there’s one, that could be it. It’s additionally very offended with the lyrics, and that’s an exception for us as a result of we’re at all times attempting to place positivity in our lyrics. However this one is pure anger towards somebody, particularly these poisonous folks.
My favourite observe on the album might be “Tongue Tied,” by which you’re accompanied by a feminine vocalist. How did that collaboration occur?
Her identify is Yvette Young, and her band, Covet, isn’t a Warped Tour kind of band that we’re all used to. Nonetheless, she’s actually well-known within the guitar world. We received the chance to work together with her as a result of my brother [Eric Poncet, guitarist for Chunk!] works with D’Addario, and she or he’s sponsored by them. They received alongside very well, so my brother was like, “Hey, what about Yvette Younger on this music?” And I used to be like, “Hell yeah!” She additionally performs all of the violin elements on the document.
I’ve at all times loved atmospheric sounds, so the start and finish of “Tongue Tied” had been recorded at evening in our yard—it’s near a highway, so you may truly hear some automobiles passing by means of. The album has lots of vitality, so we needed to have slightly pause right here to seize folks’s consideration much more.
I additionally hear you’re a giant fan of Star Wars. When you might have any Jedi or Sith Lord prepare you within the methods of the Power, who would you select?
I might go together with Yoda, for certain. I simply belief the expertise from the previous man, you realize? I truly watched The Mandalorian not way back—I don’t understand how I missed it, however I used to be so comfortable once I found it. The truth that that they had Child Yoda was genius; it felt like house immediately.
I simply belief the expertise from older folks on the whole, and I believe that’s one factor that’s lacking these days. I see lots of the youthful era who assume they’re higher than the earlier ones, that they know the world higher than the older generations. However that’s not how I’ve been raised—I’ve been raised with lecturers who had been approach older than me, and I might inform that that have isn’t replaceable. That’s positively the one factor you may belief: getting recommendation from skilled folks.
One final query for you, Bert: What’s subsequent for Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!?
We’re enjoying Slam Dunk Festival within the U.Ok. in September, however because the pandemic continues to be round, we don’t have a year-long schedule for touring and selling the document, which is bizarre for us. However we take it as a problem to take care of the hype across the album for so long as we are able to. So possibly we’ll do some livestreams, and we’ll positively shoot some new music movies. Possibly we’ll write covers, and we’ll begin writing a fifth document, for certain. However for now, I simply actually hope that folks take pleasure in the brand new album.