French pop-punk/metalcore band Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! has returned after a lengthy hiatus with three singles and a forthcoming, “Gone are the Good Days.”
After going on hiatus in 2016, the band reconvened to write the title track ahead of its 2020 festival performances.
The song turned out to be clairvoyant.
“It was written before the pandemic and is about us as a band looking back at those early days on tour and everything was amazing,” says vocalist Bert Ponce.
The pandemic gave the song a bit of a different meaning.
“With the pandemic, we saw that everyone felt down, confused and frustrated, and the only thing that cheered us up was thinking of all of the good times we had,” Ponce says. “I feel like the pandemic has allowed listeners to relate to that message.”
The song will appear on the album of the same name that will be released on July 30. The band was meticulous about its lyrics and sound, thanks to the pandemic.
“With the pandemic, we actually took some time to think of where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do,” Ponce says.
What started as just a few singles became an EP and then an album.
“I’m very excited about this album because it is the first album where we actually took enough time to make it perfect,” Ponce says.
“It’s especially challenging for a band in a niche, like ours, to make our music evolve. If we want to make good songs, we need time to do the proper writing.”
When the album was finished, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! had to make tough decisions about potential singles.
“It was a bit challenging because you could take any song out of our track list and it could be a single,” Ponce says.
They chose “Bitter,” due to its electrifying intro that features the line from the film “The Goonies,” after which the band is named.
“‘Bitter’ made the most sense because the first 30 seconds of the song get people pumped,” Ponce says. “‘Bitter’ is just about how weird it was to be locked down and that the world had seemingly stopped.”
The band then went with “Gone are the Good Days” as its second single and created videos.
“I think that the remedy to being bitter was to remember good times, which is the same theme as ‘Gone are the Good Days,’” Ponce says. “Those two songs made a lot of sense to go together.”
The band plans to release one more single, “Complete You,” prior to the album release.
“The next song we plan to release as a single will be quite different from the other singles, and I am very curious to see how people are going to react to that one,” Ponce says.
“Complete You” will be accompanied by a music video.
“Since there’s not a lot of touring opportunities yet, our goal is to shoot as many music videos as possible,” Ponce says.
As for the rest of the album, there is one song that Ponce feels will excite fans, “Made for More.”
“This has all the ‘Chunky’ ingredients that our diehard fans will be pleased with,” Ponce says.
He has high hopes for the rest of the album.
“There are also lots of songs that have commercial potential and could be used in movies and stuff,” Ponce says.
“Gone are the Good Days” also serves as a perfect fit into the band’s discography.
Looking beyond the album, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is hopeful to play Slam Dunk Festival in the United Kingdom in September.
“It’s just really weird to release an album without tour offers,” Ponce says.
In the meantime, Ponce is looking for any feedback on the album to devise the band’s sound moving forward.
“I encourage everyone to let me know what they think about the new material,” Ponce says.
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