Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Gone Are The Good Days


2.0
poor

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (88 Reviews)
July 31st, 2021 | 76 replies


Release Date: 07/30/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Il n'y a pas de quoi

We can all agree that easycore is one of the most unnecessary genres, right? No one asked for more breakdowns in their pop punk; no one needed their hardcore to sound like it was created by and for twelve year olds. Nonetheless, the genre’s heydays spanning a period of approximately eight months in 2010 were… quite fun. A Day To Remember and Four Year Strong released excellently sunny records, and most importantly, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! penned the single most iconic tr00 EZcore line of all times. Sadly, the year is 2021, and these dudes no longer seem ready to.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to love Gone Are the Good Days. Everything about Chunk’s comeback record is packaged wonderfully: its title and accompanying visuals from cover art to music videos are shrouded in a sense of summery nostalgia. Evoking vague memories of neon lights beaming through warm nights spent driving nowhere in particular alongside good friends; what’s not to like? Sadly, the album doesn’t capture such sentiments at all: rather than playing to the genre’s few strengths and reminiscing on fun times, Gone Are the Good Days tries to match incompetently nostalgic lyricism with a sense of youthful energy the band simply don’t possess anymore. Boasting an undeniably catchy chorus, the title track’s saddening revelations of “remember when we were unstoppable? / or was that just a dream?” exemplify this ineptitude excellently as they feel entirely out of place. Delightfully unnecessary screams later state the record’s mission: “let’s try to get back to where we started / yeah!”, only serving as a painful reminder that neither the band nor any listeners are bound to get a lot of happiness out of this full length experience.

Moreover, Gone Are the Good Days is littered with odd choices. Not in the typical “okay f*ck it, let’s add a breakdown here”-way, but rather in the “okay f*ck it, let’s add xylophone sounds to underscore most of ‘Drift Away’ because surely that won’t sound horrible”-way. Elsewhere, ‘Complete You’ does its best to make featured and generally excellent vocalist AJ Perdomo sound like a constipated old man, and ends on a completely misplaced saxophone solo. It’s not the fun, carefree out-of-placeness easycore does like no other genre, but rather a tired and forced attempt to make something interesting out of a wildly boring track. The record’s production doesn’t help either: everything feels incredibly polished, obscuring any dynamic and fun qualities the songwriting may possess. Even more strikingly, vocalist Bertrand Poncet hardly sounds French anymore. What’s le point when you can’t even sing along to these tracks with a thick, potentially offensive French accent?

Thankfully, it’s not all bad. Opener ‘Bitter’ is a pretty fun cut, in spite of ripping off Simple Plan’s smash hit single ‘Saturday’ (who, in turn, ripped off Bay City Rollers, but you know, just pop punk stuff). ‘Marigold’ does the shimmery, semi-inspiring pop thing half-enjoyably; ‘True Colors’ boasts a fun riff despite its surrounding track taking a weird turn towards brodude hard rock. It’s a highly unfavourable pattern: Gone Are the Good Days’ positive qualities come with a backhanded ‘but…’ more often than not. Nonetheless, most of the record is perfectly listenable if not mostly unenjoyable and entirely forgettable.

Easycore should be fun; Gone Are the Good Days isn’t fun. If anything, it’s a sad confirmation of the state of the genre as well as a reminder that my youth is well and truly over. This isn’t a record to waste long summer nights to; it’s a record to waste one listen to before heading to work. Pardon my French, but god-f*cking-dammit, easycore in 2021 is making me sad.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2021


3452 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

rip

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Tundra
July 31st 2021


6495 Comments


They've run their course, was never big into them tbh

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Pikazilla
July 31st 2021


19147 Comments


they have never been on course to begin with

DavidYowi
July 31st 2021


1607 Comments


God this band's name is so fucking lame. I hate band names that are sentences

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2021


26874 Comments


"the genre’s heydays spanning a period of approximately eight months in 2010 were… quite fun"

lmao. enjoyed the review even tho I don't really agree. recently found 2 ezcore bands I really dig and they're largely post 2015. Sloth didn't dig them BUT he did give them 2.5 vs. the 1 he slapped on this.. so that must mean something



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DoofDoof
July 31st 2021


10550 Comments


Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2021


3452 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

oh damn a sloth ez 2.5 is like an insta 5 lol, what are the bands called?

Egarran
July 31st 2021


24860 Comments


I am never listening to this album, but it's a very fine review, sir.

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YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2021


14784 Comments


"hey dudes are you ready? 2" -Jesper deciding what score to give this

Purpl3Spartan
July 31st 2021


1483 Comments


I am never listening to this album, but it's a very fine review, sir. [2]

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Egarran
July 31st 2021


24860 Comments


Also that French summary is classic Jesper

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2021


26874 Comments


@Jesper,

haha, if you're really interested check out:

Settle Your Scores - The Wilderness and Better Luck Tomorrow
Abandoned By Bears - The Years Ahead and When Nothing Goes Left, Go Right!

nothing revolutionary and def not higher than a 3.5, but enjoyable when you feel like turning your brain off. but maybe I just heard them at the right time.. I'll be curious to hear what you think if you check either band out. and yes, I realize Abandoned By Bears is one of the lamest band names ever, lol

dannyzabolotny
July 31st 2021


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It could just be that you've grown out of this sound and are listening with a much more critical ear than you did in 2010. I'm as jaded and bitter as any almost-30 year old is, but I still really enjoyed this album and found it to be a whole lot of fun. It checks all the boxes for me and I'm happy that CNCC came back and gave me something new to listen to... I've damn near worn out my copies of Homesick and Pardon My French at this point.

JayEnder
July 31st 2021


11408 Comments


Classic Jesp review. Funny and charming, yet still well written and cohesive. Great job dude!

This band used to be a huge guilty pleasure for me. Can't say I got too much out of this tbh

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onionbubs
July 31st 2021


13959 Comments


prob wouldnt have checked this out anyway but knowing steve klein produced this makes me wanna stay away from this band forever honestly

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SmashIsTheWay94
July 31st 2021


1999 Comments


what the actual fuck is that band name?

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2021


3452 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

aw thx guys! and i remember enjoying the first settle your scores record a few years back, shall revisit + check them bears :]

iirc the band name is a reference to the goonies lol

Get Low
July 31st 2021


11144 Comments


Liked them back in the day but I'm sure this is awful

ShadowNeko
July 31st 2021


280 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yikes. Their previous album shits all over this boring random mess.

I highly recommend A Place in Time's new EP Gloomy Heirlooms. It's a fresh new style of easycore with charming songwriting and duo vocals. Ik the production isn't great but it's way better than this BS.

Pangea
July 31st 2021


7226 Comments


this deserves a 1 just for the band name alone tbh

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