What do you get when you mix pop punk, metal, and a wild sense of humor and adventure? Well of course none other than the enigmatic Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! From Paris, France, the band has just unleashed a debut CD here in the States entitled Something For Nothing, courtesy of the folks at inVogue Records! Here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the Chunk crew to find out more about this wondrous new collective…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and how long the band has been together.
Bonjour, my name is Paul and play guitar in Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
We have been together for something like…3 years and a half if I’m right.
Where is the band based out of and what is the music scene like there? Who are some of the local bands in your area you could recommend?
We all live in (or around) Paris,France and that’s a fact…we all wear berets, drink wine and eat frog legs!
As you already know, France is totally different from America and one of the biggest difference is the music scene.
It’s hard for a band to grow in France because this country don’t have a real rock culture.
There’s not a real diversity and you only have 4 solutions that medias offers to you: Rap / dancefloor / French pop & a kind of indie / rock & roll
that is a new movement called “Baby rock”, The Plastiscines (featured in TV show Gossip Girl) or BB Brunes are the leaders…
The only “pop punk” bands that are growing here with an appearance on TV are Paramore and Green Day.
But I do not want to make a general case, we have some really good locals that I recommend you to check out like Can’t Bear This Party, Mary Has Gun, The Earl Grey, No Guts No Glory, The Twisted Minds, Straighten Things Out, Forus & bands from the Landscape rockshop familly
Where did you come up with your unusual band name and just who is Captain Chunk?
We took the name from our favorite & best movie ever “The Goonies”.
This sentence comes from the scene when Chunk & Sloth arrive on the boat to help their friends.
I’m a big fan of pirate stories and we all feel like Goonies so we thought it would be a good choice sounding a little bit original and that also fits perfectly with the band spirit.
Where do you get your ideas for some of your lyrics? Please cite two songs in particular and what the lyrics are about?
Some of our lyrics were written after personal experiences. Others are about things we love or care for.
A lot of people are asking “why did you called a song MILF?” We know that it can sound teenage and we know that some people cannot understand why,
but we had to write this song… Matt,our bass player used to be a real Milf hunter and we had so much stories about it that’s why we wanted to put this song on the album.
On the other hand we have two songs about our friends and brothers “In Friends We Trust” and “For All We Know“.
We wanted to do this because CNCC is not only a band, it’s like a familly. We have amazing friends that we love and we wanted to tell the world about it
and dedicate them those songs because they are worth it! They helped us to grow up and to be what we are now, they never let us down.
Some people can say that it’s cliche to write a song about friendship but when it’s truly sincere, I don’t think it is.
And we have songs about things we love like in “Captain Blood” with the pirates lyrics or Positiv-o that is about Bender from Futurama.
What could one expect from a live Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! show?
In three words it’s energetic, funny & posi.
Our singer loves to dress up on stage and we always do funny introductions to prepare people to our set.
Has Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! ever played in the States or plan to do so in the future?
Unfortunately we never played in the states before but hopefully we will next summer and we are really excited about it!
It’s like the best thing we can do and we never thought it would be possible someday.
How did you wind up being signed to inVogue Records?
We contacted Nick for a Myspace layout and didn’t know he had his own label. We were searching for someone to release our album in the States and when we posted the myspace layout with new songs from the album he sent me an email and asked me if we would be interested to work together and sign to Invogue. It was exaclty what we wanted and the perfect moment for this so we decide to jump on it!
Now Nick and Pj are doing an amazing work and we are really grateful for what they do for us. They are helping us to go to the next level and we are really glad to work with them.
Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened for in the past and what was the experience like?
We had the chance to share the stage with bands like Four Year Strong, A Loss For Words, Forever The Sickest Kids, Horse The Band, Attack! Attack!, Deaf Havana,…
It was a good experience because we had the chance to play with some bands we really like in great venues and we were able to share our music with a new audience. It’s also cool to see how other bands work and talk/share things with them. It’s always hard and fun to play with bigger bands because you always have to prove that you exist and do your best to catch people’s attention.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Something For Nothing?
Yep there’s a concept behind the title and the artwork.
There’s an opposition between words Something/Nothing,between dark and bright skies on the cover and it refers to our musical direction, the opposition between both music styles we play. We are somewhere between those two sides,the dark metal side and the bright pop punk side.
Why Something For Nothing? Apart from the opposition, we thought it sounded good. We’ve got a long name and we didn’t wanted to put more than 3 words. We wanted people to remember the name easily so we chose these two contradictory words.
When we wrote and recorded this album we didn’t expected anything from this, we were doing this for ourselves and we never thought that so many people would like it and share it all over the world. So maybe we can start calling it “Something for Something” now!
Since the album has been in the planning and recording stages for some time, how close are you to writing and recording all new material?
We just started writing new songs, we have a lot of ideas and are working to get them together. It’s a big deal for us because we want to create something new, to change our sound and make it sounds more mature for the next album. We always want to keep this spirit and this kind of mix in our music but we want to push it at another level and make it make it evolve in a good way.
We are planning a new record for the next summer if everything goes well. The good thing is that our singer Bert is also the band producer so we can record all the tracks at home when we want. So when a song is done we can record it and change it when we want. It will be a considerable time saver for the next album.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the very first time?
I don’t know, maybe that we are frenchies ahah…
More seriously, I want people to remember that mix between a brutal sound and a catchy music to open the listener new horizons on the softest music (for heavier dudes) and heavier music (to the softest kids).
Any final words of wisdom?
Who let the dogs out?
- Members: Bertrand Poncet (Vocals), Paul Wilson (Guitar/Back Vocals), Éric Poncet (Guitar), Mathias Rigal (Bass), Jonathan Donnaës (Drums)
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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