All the way from Paris, France, Bertrand Poncet (vocals), Paul Cordeburd (guitar/vocals), Eric Poncet (guitar), Mathias Rigal (bass), and Bastien Lafaye (drums) have brought their own special blend of genres to audiences worldwide. Named after the popular movie, The Goonies, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! sport a panda mascot and perform a wide variety of genre bending music that thrills and excites every music lover, no matter what their preference may be.
You can’t pick just one. After a decade of classical piano education, Bert was bored with the sameness of what he was learning. There was a whole world of music genres out there, so there’s no need to stick to just one. However, the classical music training was a beginning, and Bert says, “I think the right way to do things and the right way to learn music is actually to start with this (classical music). If you look at the history of music, it all starts with this.” As he grew and learned, Bert looked outside the box. He wanted to try something different, which resulted in trying a little bit of everything. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! features the best of pop, punk, rock, and metal music rolled into one giant bundle of fun for any music lover.
Sing along. Nothing pleases most singers more than a crowd of people who sing along with them, and Bert is no exception. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! starts with call and response, but quickly becomes an audience directed sing along. The song, “Worst Case Scenario” lyrics say, “Worst case scenario/You’ve got to let it go/If what you hear is what you get/It is real/Sing it back to me” in an invitation for the listener to take part. It is essential to put any pre-conceived notions aside and simply enjoy the ever-changing, exciting music they play. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! has a unique ability to let you live in the moment, without the cares and worries of everyday.
Expect the unexpected. When it comes to music, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! defies description. The songs transverse all genres, moving from traditional punk to post/hardcore metal at the same time. Being so diverse allows them to tour successfully with any type of line-up. Bert described, “It’s kind of interesting, because we fit to a lot of different kinds of tours and every kind of crowd as well.” But how do the heavier parts of the music fit with the lighter pop/punk songs? Bert explains, “The way I see screaming is that it goes with the song’s emotion. It goes with the music in the song.” Chunk! No Captain Chunk! is music for every crowd and every fan. In a word, the music is fun, with smooth transitions and a note-perfect blend of melodies and breakdowns that is sure to satisfy any taste in music.
Cest la vie. The live performance starts with energy at the top of the scale and goes higher with every song. Bert is endearing and engages the audience by creating an intimate atmosphere, even in an overflowing room. There is no language barrier and Bert promises that if you sing with him, you will lose your voice the next day. As he moves between hardcore and pop/punk, Bert’s vocals become two voices at once, faultlessly transitioning between genre. His brother, Eric, and Cordeburd start with snappy pop/punk riffs on guitar, morphing to the heavy metal breakdowns without pause. Rigal ascends and descends on the bass providing the appropriate accompaniment to each change in the music. Alternating between accents and crescendos, Lafaye keeps perfect time on the drums. The music is enthralling, captivating the dedicated pop/punk fans and die-hard metal fans at the same moment. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk is the most played music at my house, because it singularly satisfies the differing tastes of anyone who comes to visit. Signed to Fearless Records, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! has just released their third full-length album, Get Lost, Find Yourself and will continue to tour here and abroad this year.