CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! on their new album and experimenting with their sound

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CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! frontman Bertrand Poncet is clearly excited to be talking about the band’s first album in six years. But like so many creatives, life during the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough.

“First of all, to be honest, I got really scared for a minute because I’m running a business in music production and I saw all my, clients cancelling their sessions for the rest of the year and I was like, oh shit, what am I going to do? So, yeah, I got pretty worried for a minute and that’s pretty much where we decided to make the album.

I’m not saying that without COVID this fourth album would have not even have happened. This was supposed to happen at some point but I guess COVID kind of accelerated the process, I guess. I’m very glad that we did that just, just to give us a better perspective, a better future, and think of something different, something else than just COVID. Suddenly like being locked in your room and with nothing to do, it felt really weird. But the good thing is we made the album and I’m very, very proud of it.”

The album in question is Gone Are The Good Days and will be released this coming Friday (July 30) via Fearless Records. Building on the momentum of their past three albums, a blast of hyper-melodic pop-punk streaked with post-hardcore screams and metallic riffs. The quintet was eager to experiment with unexpected ideas, expanding further beyond the “easycore” label thrown at their first three albums. 

Making Gone Are the Good Days was a redemption in numerous ways — realizing their big plans from 2016, proving to themselves they had more to say, wringing out something pure from the pandemic era. “The album was a way for us to turn the 2020 bullshit into a better mindset,” Bert says. “To give us a better future.”  Chunk pulled off a magic trick with their long-awaited fourth LP: staying true to their pop-punk/metal path while finding brand new avenues to travel down.  

Watch our interview with Bert below:

Gone Are The Good Days is released Friday, July 30 via Fearless Records

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