Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Something for Nothing


3.5
great

Review

by thechodewarrior USER (27 Reviews)
August 23rd, 2011 | 126 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: French happy-hardcore quintet provide a great debut, but succumb to quite a few beginner faults.

What is the best way to describe ‘Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!’ ? Imagine if A Day To Remember had a child with Four Year Strong and then the child subsequently got molested in a gangbang by Attack Attack!, The Wonder Years and Set Your Goals… or something to that effect. This happy-hardcore quintet hails from Paris, France, and it certainly shows in vocalist Bertrand Poncet’s voice and lyrics. He sings with passion, and can ‘fry scream’ well considering his pretty young age. This is not without faults, however, as his accent has the ability to make you cringe and say to yourself ‘What in god’s name is he saying?’ which is a pretty solid reason why this band is not for everyone.

The lyrics, put simply, are stupid. ‘Hey dudes are you ready to understand why some of your friends are true. These ones that would follow you anywhere and through anything you’d do.’ Is just one of the lines from the album that makes you wonder if a 5 year old wrote all of the band’s material. But it shouldn’t bother you too much, as Bertrand can make the stupidest lyrics sound pretty great when sung, if you can stand his voice.

C!NCC! ‘s guitarists are Paul Wilson, and Bertrand’s brother Eric. They are in no way amazing, but they do provide some great riffs every once in a while, and they have a magnificent tone to their guitars that blends together perfectly their concoction of pop-hardcore delight. Sadly, they succumb to generic breakdowns now and then, but at least they’re all not played on the first 3 frets. These breakdowns actually have melody!

Mathias Rigal, the bassist, does very little to stand out, he does breakaway from mindlessly following the guitars, but this happens very little. He has a nice little section to himself in ‘In Friends We Trust’ that last a couple of seconds, but it sounds like he knows what he’s doing. Jonathan Donnaës fulfills his job well, throwing in some nice fills here and there, as well as having some fun with the double pedals at least once or twice a song. Again, sadly, nothing technical comes from his wood (bad pun intended) as it he just works to provide a solid backbone for every song.

The production of the overall album is great and I have been listening to this album on repeat since I have downloaded it. I understand that they have signed on to Fearless Records, and have re-released basically the exact same album, minus one song, but there is virtually no difference, or at least none that I can tell. The one fault that keeps this from being one of my all-time favorite albums, is the synth. I mentioned earlier, that the C!NCC! was similar to Attack Attack! mainly because of the synth ‘breakdown’ at around the 3 minute mark in Sink or Swim (S.O.S.) and, to be honest, hardcore and synth is really hard to mix together and sound well, and the band doesn’t pull it off all too well.

In closing, if you are a fan of catchy pop-punk with a tinge of hardcore, you should definitely check this out. If not, listen to album closer XoXo as it basically sums up the feel of the entire album, and is worth at least one listen.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
thechodewarrior
August 23rd 2011


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i did not review the original album, i reviewed the re-release, just to let you all know

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2011


23976 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

that's got to be among the worst band names to emerge from this retarded "popcore" trend.

and yeah I saw one song from these guys on youtube and hated it.

Digging: Marketa Irglova - Muna

Irving
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2011


7318 Comments


Before I start this review, let me first say I am a huge fan of this band, so I apologize if I plague it with fanboy-ness. Also, this is my first review, so please go easy.

Hey dude, do remove this (or at least relegate it to your shoutbox). It really doesn't help your review at all =)

Digging: Portishead - Dummy

Satellite
August 24th 2011


20826 Comments


shittiest band name ever, won't listen solely on that basis

lucasjcockcroft
August 24th 2011


3714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love the band name

pmmets07
August 24th 2011


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

C!NCC! is such a ridiculous looking abbreviation. i do not like this band at all. delete that first little intro paragraph and you've got a really nice review.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2011


23976 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Satellite you should for lols, the vocalist is such a piece of shit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88hfEqJaCtE

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2011


23976 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

its like pop punk but with junz and breakdowns and the occasional faux-dm growl. pretty stupid really.

Satellite
August 24th 2011


20826 Comments


eww one of the dudes in that vid is wearing a detroit tigers shirt

that was so shitty

foxblood
August 24th 2011


6797 Comments


the vocalist is annoying to a legendary extent

SatelliteYears
August 24th 2011


190 Comments


Fun band. I like this more than I should. It's far better than all of the Brokencydes, and Blood on the Dance Floors of the world.

Satellite
August 24th 2011


20826 Comments


sweet username dude

Scoot
August 24th 2011


17887 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

stupidest fucking name ever

Digging: Renounced - The Melancholy We Ache

Motiv3
August 24th 2011


8941 Comments


stupidest fucking name ever [2] Was about to say something like that.

accompliceofmydeath
August 24th 2011


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I think I remember this being awful. I'll shy away.

Digging: Weekend Nachos - Unforgivable

DurzoBlint
August 24th 2011


1195 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I can't help but find some of these tracks fun... But the vocalist is still annoying, and the band
name is beyond awful.

foxblood
August 24th 2011


6797 Comments


it's pretty hard to find music that legitimately annoys me, but god damn this is so childish and annoying. the screaming and synths make me facepalm. and the lyrics..

"We puke on the emos, cause we feel not equals,"

good god why

Saturday
August 24th 2011


90 Comments


They would be better if they would scream more and drop the synths.

Eulogize
August 25th 2011


2969 Comments


They would be better if they would scream more and drop the synths. [2]

OneMoreRoland
August 25th 2011


1053 Comments


Tigers shirt was a For the Fallen Dreams shirt. And i like some stuff from these guys. Everything they released from before the debut actually dropped is their best stuff.



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