Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

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Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
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Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Performing live in 2012. Left to right: vocalist Bertrand Poncet and bassist Mathias Rigal.
Background information
Also known as C!NCC!
Origin Paris, France
Genres Pop punk, metalcore, melodic hardcore, post-hardcore, Happycore
Years active 2007–present
Labels Fearless, InVogue
Members Bertrand Poncet
Paul Cordebard
Eric Poncet
Mathias Rigal
Lance Ivan Mahusay
Patrick Fabregas
Past members Jonathan Donnaes

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, also known by the acronym C!NCC!, are a French rock band who formed in 2007 in Paris, France. The band consists of and was founded by lead vocalist Bertrand Poncet, drummer Jonathan Donnaes, bassist Mathias Rigal, and guitarists Paul Wilson and Éric Poncet. The band has two studio albums, Something for Nothing, which was released in 2010 and Pardon My French which was released on April 30, 2013.

History[edit]

Formation and Something for Nothing (2007-2010)[edit]

The band formed in 2007, when Paul Wilson, a guitarist, wished to experiment with blending influences from pop punk with hardcore punk and heavy metal and invited his friends Bertrand Poncet, Jonathan Donnaes and two others to join the band.[1] Shortly after their formation the other two members left and so they asked Bertrand's brother Éric Poncet and close friend Mathias Rigal who despite having no experience as a bass guitarist joined the band.[1] The band name is taken from the scene in 1985 adventure-comedy film The Goonies,[2][3] in which Chunk and Sloth arrive on the scene to help their friends.[1] Poncet describes the choice of The Goonies as a "good childhood reference" and felt the name reflected who the band members are.[4]The band found it difficult to establish a fanbase in their native country of France as there is, in Poncet's opinion, "absolutely no rock scene." They found solace in playing in other countries around Asia, and especially in North America.[4]

On September 2, 2008, the band released their first official single "In Friends We Trust", along with an accompanying music video. On November 1, 2009, the band released their self-produced debut album Something for Nothing.[1]

Signing to Fearless records and Pardon My French (2011-2013)[edit]

After signing to Fearless Records with a global deal in 2011, they re-released their debut album Something For Nothing on 19 July 2011[2][5] The band was confident in their signing with Fearless as they considered them "one of the best labels out there for that kind of music".[6] The re-release featured a brand new album artwork and a different track listing, replacing "MILF" and "Alex Kidd in a Miracle World" with the song "Make Them Believe", which was a Japanese bonus track on the original release.[7] To coincide with the re-release the band released a music video for "Captain Blood", which was overall the second single off the album.[8][9]

October 2011 Captain Chunk! joined The Artery Foundation's European "Across the Nation" tour headlined by Miss May I. This is the first time Captain Chunk! has performed in the United Kingdom.[10] The tour was well received including Captain Chunk!'s, said to have featured "a downright bizarre and eclectic lineup".[11] In December the band went back to the United States Fearless Friends Tour, a tour which exclusively features bands from the Fearless Records' roster with Blessthefall, The Word Alive, Motionless in White, and Tonight Alive.[8] In November 2011 the band contributed a cover of Kesha's single We R Who We R on Punk Goes Pop 4 as part of the Punk Goes... cover album series which was released internationally on 21 November 2011.[12]

In 2012 Captain Chunk! tour schedule in the United States expanded rapidly, supporting Attack Attack! in late January and February 2012 as part of their on going This Means War album support.[8] Throughout March and April the band also supported deathcore band Chelsea Grin on their debut headline tour "The Sick Tour".[13] Captain Chunk! also was announced for Vans Warped Tour 2012 line-up, the band toured for the entire festival and played on the Ernie Ball Stage.[14] With their performances as part of the Warped Tour the band contributed the single "In Friends We Trust" to the Warped Tour 2012 Tour Compilation album.[15] During their performances on the Warped Tour the band performed new songs.[16] The band also was the main support for Woe, Is Me on their Talk Your [S]#?! Tour across November and December 2012.[17] Although proud of how strong their fanbase in America grew in the year of touring the band found the language barrier and being a new band difficult,[6] Poncet has said that even though the band was taught English in school, they learned more English while actually touring in America.[4]

In January 2013 the band started to record their second album with producer Joey Sturgis in Michigan, United States.[18][19] Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! performed at the Australian 2013 Soundwave festival performing at all 5 dates in: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth between 23 February and 4 March.[20] While they were in Australia for the festival, they performed two club shows with All Time Low and Polar Bear Club.[21] Across March and April the band returned to the United States to support the upcoming release of their second studio album. To coincide with their appearance at Texas based South by So What?! festival they wrapped a short headline tour with support from Handguns, State Champs and City Lights in mid March.[22][23] The band is also supporting A Day to Remember on the first half of their Right Back At It Again tour also featuring Of Mice & Men.[24] The band saw the opportunity to tour with one of their influences as one that couldn't be refused.[25][26] This led to the band rescheduling all of their American headline tour dates of their 'Pardon My French Tour' with supporting acts For All Those Sleeping, Upon This Dawning and City Lights.[26][25] The band felt they received a positive reaction from the crowd on the Right Back At It Again, and that they learned from the other bands on the bill how to give more professional performances.[27]

On April 30th, 2013, the band's second studio album Pardon My French was released. The first single off the album was entitled 'Restart'.[28][26] They played Slam Dunk Festival 2013 in the United Kingdom in May[29] and then completed their first tour of the country in September with Climates and Light You Up.[30]The band then returned to the United States to support a co-headline tour of We Came As Romans and Silverstein in October and then to do their second headline tour of the country with Counterparts, State Champs and Living With Lions.[31][32] The band had said that before the end of 2013 they are touring Japan.[32]

Pardon My French (Deluxe Edition),departure of Jonathan Donnaes and upcoming third album (2014-present)[edit]

The band has said that Europe was their focus for 2014,[32] In which it was announced they would act as main support for We Came As Romans along with The Color Morale and Palm Reader in the United Kingdom.[33] The band will appear on Warped Tour 2014 in the United States.[34] In early February, it was announced that the band will make their second appearance in the Punk Goes... series on the Punk Goes 90's 2 album, covering All Star by Smash Mouth.[35] It was also revealed in March that the band will be releasing a music video accompanying the albums release for the song.[36]

On May 13, it was announced that the band will be releasing a deluxe version of their second album Pardon My French, which will feature 3 previously unreleased tracks and an acoustic version Taking Chances, and will be released on June 13.[37] While on the Vans Warped Tour 2014, former guitarist/vocalist of City Lights, Jeremy Smith, filled in as bassist for the band. Prior to the Warped Tour however, drummer Jonathan Donnaes left the band as of August 4th, 2014, for his new fiancé, and a new job. He left the following message as of his departure:

The band is currently writing for their third album, expected to be released in 2015 via Fearless Records. [39]

Musical Style[edit]

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is defined by their pop punk sound[3][29] which is contrasted by their "heavy metal alter ego"[40][41] and their "growling hardcore".[3] This kind of contrast is summarized by rhythm guitarist Paul Wilson when said the band was "kind of bipolar".[27] The band fuses the up-beat melodies of pop punk with aggressive breakdowns, guitar chugging[42] and lower guitar tunings like Drop Bb to give their music a much heavier sound.[8][43] Their style has been said to "combine the energy of punk, the catchiness of pop, and the crushing assault of hardcore into a power party sound".[44] Singer Bertrand Poncet has stated that despite the band is French they have an American sound and so write English lyrics.[6] The band's debut album Something for Nothing showcases the bands diversity and in band's opinion incorporates elements of pop punk, hardcore, metal, acoustic, indie, and dance music,[1] and shows a diverse blend of singing, death growls and keyboards.[42]

With the style on Pardon My French the band plays on the theme that their music style is Bi-polar.[27] Poncet has stated that 'Bi-polar mind' epitomised their contrasting musical style well saying it featured "the catchiest chorus placed right next to the nastiest breakdown".[45] Rhythm guitarist Paul Wilson stated “I Am Nothing Like You” is the heaviest song they have ever written.[27]

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! has been noted by various critics as fusing pop punk, melodic hardcore[40][41] and metalcore.[46][11][47] An eclectic blend of styles known as easycore or popcore,[47][46][42][48] a style which was pioneered by A Day to Remember and Four Year Strong, bands whom reviewers have made stark comparisons with.[11][43][47] But despite the comparison made to bands like A Day to Remember, Four Year Strong, and New Found Glory, the band never intended to sound like these bands and only wanted to apply aggressive musical traits to pop punk.[1] The band has said they are influenced by a variety of styles including but not restricted to dubstep, classical, rock, metal and pop.[27]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! discography
Releases
Studio albums 2
EPs 1
Singles 6
Music videos 5

Studio albums[edit]

Name Details Peak chart position[50]
US
200
US
Alt
US
Indie
US
Rock
Something for Nothing - - - -
Pardon My French
  • Released: April 29, 2013
  • Label: Fearless
  • Format: CD, music download
72 15 15 20

Singles[edit]

Name Year Album
"In Friends We Trust" 2010 Something for Nothing
"We R Who We R" (Ke$ha cover) 2011 Punk Goes Pop 4
"Captain Blood" Something for Nothing
"Restart" 2013 Pardon My French
"Taking Chances"
"All Star" (Smash Mouth cover) 2014 Punk Goes 90's 2

Music videos[edit]

Name Year Album Director Type Link
"In Friends We Trust" 2010 Something for Nothing Unknown Narrative [1]
"Captain Blood" 2011 Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Performance [2]
"Taking Chances" 2013 Pardon My French New Thought Movement Tour footage [3]
"Haters Gonna Hate" Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Narrative [4]
"All Star" (Smash Mouth cover) 2014 Punk Goes 90s 2 [5]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes
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  4. ^ a b c Tony Shrum (31 January 2013). "CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! vocalist Bertrand Poncet talks about music styles in Europe, The Goonies, and playing Soundwave 2013". Amp Magazine. Retrieved 5 February 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ Keagan Ilvonen (26 May 2012). "Fearless Signs Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!". Absolute Punk. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "POZ Interview: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!". Property Of Zack. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Mario Parra (12 July 2011). "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - "Something For Nothing" Re-Release July 19th, Fearless Records". July 12, 2011. Easycore.net. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! premieres music video for "Captain Blood"". Alt Sounds. December 13, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2012. "[...]through their euphoric blend of pop melodies, punk beats and hardcore breakdowns." 
  9. ^ Tyler Common (13 December 2011). "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! release "Captain Blood" music video". Alternative Press. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Sarah Mitchell (October 20, 2011). "The Artery Foundation Tour featuring Miss May I". Platform Online. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c Sam Woodgate (22 October 2011). "Miss May I @ The Well". Leeds Music Scene. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "NEWS: Punk Goes Pop Vol. 4 gets a UK release date set!". Dead Press. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Chelsea Grin to Headline ‘The Sick Tour’". SMN News. January 13, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ Nuno Saque Ferreira (February 16, 2012). "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! announced for Vans Warped Tour 2012 line-up!". Alt Sounds. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ Chris Stamm (1 August 2012). "Aged and Warped: What listening to 17 Warped Tour compilations in a row tells us about punk rock.". Willamette Week. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Perform New Song Live". Easycore.net. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  17. ^ Grant Trimboli (20 August 2012). "Woe, Is Me Headlining ‘Talk Your [S]#?!’ Tour". Under the Gun Review. Buzzmedia. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  18. ^ CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! interview | Dodgeball Champions | NEW Album (Podcast) (in English). IWantMyCtv. 13 Dec 2010. Event occurs at 0:30. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
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  20. ^ Mike Hohnen (3 August 2012). "Soundwave 2013 Lineup + Rumours". Music Feeds. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  21. ^ url: http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/all-time-low-polar-bear-club-to-sidewave-with-chunk-no-captain-chunk/ date:All content is © Music Feeds 2008 - 2013 accessdate: May 30, 2013
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  23. ^ "South By So What?! Festival Is Next Week!". Heavy Blog Is Heavy. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  24. ^ Cassie Whitt (21 January 2013). "A Day To Remember announce headlining tour with Of Mice & Men, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and Issues". Alternative Press. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  25. ^ a b Mario Parra (22 January 2013). "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! to Reschedule Tour with Handguns, State Champs, and City Lights". Easycore.net. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  26. ^ a b c Chris Epting (18 March 2013). "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, 'Restart' (EXCLUSIVE SONG PREMIERE)". Noise Creep. (AOL). Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  27. ^ a b c d e Jake Denning (17 April 2013). "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - 04.17.13". Absolute Punk. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  28. ^ Cassie Whitt (11 March 2013). "Exclusive: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! announce ‘Pardon My French’ album details". Alternative Press. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  29. ^ a b Walker, Jennyfer (25 May 2013). James McMahon, ed. "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! The Goonies obsessed pop-punks want to make you bounce around.". Kerrang! (London, W1A 6DZ: Bauer Media Group) (1467). ISSN 0262-6624. 
  30. ^ "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Reveal September Dates". Rock Sound. (Freeway Press). 26 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  31. ^ Chris Gonda (6 August 2013). "CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! Announces 2013 Fall Tour with WE CAME AS ROMANS". PureGrainAudio. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  32. ^ a b c Willmott, Tom (September 2013). "Tour Talk: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!". Big Cheese magazine (London: Big Cheese Publishing) (159). ISSN 1465-0185. 
  33. ^ "NEWS: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale and Palm Reader announced for the Rock Sound Impericon Exposure Tour 2014!". Dead Press. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  34. ^ "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale & More For Warped Tour US". Rock Sound. (Freeway Press). 2 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Fearless Records Reveal ‘Punk goes 90s vol. 2’ Tracklisting". RockSound.com. RockSound. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
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  37. ^ Crane, Matt. "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! announce deluxe edition of ‘Pardon My French’". AltPress.com. AltPress. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  38. ^ "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Drummer Leaves Band". Matt Crane. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  39. ^ https://www.facebook.com/cnccband/photos/pb.13876137617.-2207520000.1416196062./10152806180687618/?type=1&theater
  40. ^ a b James McMahon, ed. (26 January 2013). "Got Ears? Meet This Lot!". Kerrang! (London: (Bauer Media Group)) (1450): 21. ISSN 0262-6624. 
  41. ^ a b Candice Haridimou (December 30, 2011). "Punk Goes Pop - Vol. 4 [Album]". Altsounds LTD. Retrieved April 28, 2012. "The second non-American act to appear is another relatively new signing to Fearless and they’re France’s answer to A Day to Remember. The oddly named Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! also blend equal parts of pop-punk and melodic hardcore together. [...] They switch between their light-hearted pop-punkier selves into their heavy metal alter-ego’s effortlessly, and so it’s a solid and memorable take on the club hit." 
  42. ^ a b c Drew Hunt (28 November 2012). "The Reader's Agenda: Wed 11/28". Chicago Reader. (Sun-Times Media). Retrieved 9 December 2012. "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, a Parisian "easycore" band Leor Galil praises for mixing "slick keyboards, clean vocals, sunny melodies, and major chords with blunt, chugging riffs, hammering double kick drum, booming breakdowns, Pig sqqueals, major headbanging, and guttural growls,"" 
  43. ^ a b Martin Savage (July 19, 2011). "ALBUM: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – Something For Nothing". Dead Press. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  44. ^ "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! play Southampton's Cellar". Daily Echo. (Newsquest). 13 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  45. ^ Bird, Ryan (July 2013). "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! See, the French can do pop-punk with mosh bits in it too.". Rock Sound (London: Freeway Press) (175). ISSN 1465-0185. 
  46. ^ a b Dan LeRoy (26 April 2013). "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - Pardon My French". Alternative Press. Retrieved 3 May 2013. "Call them popcore, easycore, melodic metalcore or whatever sub-subgenre you feel like inventing yourself. (Try it; it just might catch on.) Whatever descriptor you choose for French quintet Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, we should agree they’ve taken a great leap forward on their sophomore album." 
  47. ^ a b c Sebastian Fonseca. "Chunk! No Captain Chunk!: Something For Nothing". Mind Equals Blowns. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  48. ^ Rob Sayce (27 May 2013). "Slam Dunk South 2013 Review: Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, The Wonder Years and many more descend on the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield for a B-I-G day of music.". Rock Sound. (Freeway Press). Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  49. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/chunk_no_captain_chunk_drummer_leaves_band
  50. ^ "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Chart positions". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 24 March 2014.