Interview: Bert – Chunk! No Captain Chunk

Music is supposed to be fun, and French born pop-punk / post-hardcore band Chunk! No Captain Chunk, who formed in 2007, have wholly embraced that ethos and aesthetic. Even their name is an homage to the wonder of their childhoods and that time in your life when everything was easy and fun, even if you weren’t cognizant of that fact at the time. We caught up with front-man Burt in Wolverhampton.

Today is the last day of this years Slam Dunk Festival, how has been? Have the crowds been responding well?

Yeah, actually these last couple of days, especially Saturday, went way to fast. It was great we played Slam Dunk last year, and we were very glad to be asked to play it again this year and on a bigger stage which is amazing. We can definitely see an improvement compared to last year, bigger crowd, bigger stage and a better response- it’s awesome and it’s awesome to be with a bunch of friends on the tour.

Have you managed to catch many other bands?

Yeah, yesterday actually I watched the All American Rejects that was great and We Are The In Crowd I checked out. I really wanna see The Ataris today because I haven’t had a chance to yet.

The All Star video has been up for just over a month and has racked up just under 600,000 views already, and is arguably going to be one of the songs of the summer. How does something like that come about, and how does working with Fearless on the ‘Punk Goes’ records work?

How does it work, well for example the latest CD was Punk Goes 90s so obviously we had to chose a song from the 90s. We just came up with a list of some songs that we wanted to cover and just gave the list to our label, and told them to choose one for us because we cannot choose. I recorded everything by myself, and just sang the song and there you go. It was pretty cool! The music video was shot in Manchester I think, in a farm in the middle of nowhere and it was pretty awesome. Great experience!

There are rumours that you moved as a band to the US due to a lack of ‘scene’ in your native Paris. Is that scene growing as you get bigger?

Not really, but it’s interesting. France is a weird country, and French people are even more weird, for example when we first started out we got a lot of hate in our home country. So we decided to try and make it overseas, and that’s what happened- we got lucky, we got signed onto Fearless Records and now we are playing The Warped Tour! So now that we are touring more, and as we get bigger French people are like “oh interesting, what’s this band?” so we got some hype in France now. Like big major companies came to us and were like “that’s interesting maybe we can work together” it really is interesting. I’m not saying there is going to be a big rock scene in France, but it helped a little bit.

Without an existing scene, how did you guys get into rock?

We grew up with American bands and American music, I remember buying the Warped Tour DVD in like two thousand and something, I don’t remember but a long time ago. So we grew up with that American music, and this was what we wanted to do from the beginning so it’s cool.

Speed Round

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for our craziness in general, this is something we really want to accentuate in our music. So I really want to be remembered for being crazy.

Dream dinner guest (dead or alive)?

I would say Miley Cyrus

How long do you spend in front of the mirror?

Today zero, but in general I would say five minutes.

Shoe size?

I have small feet, like an eight.

Best excuse you’ve ever used to break-up with someone?

It’s bad but it’s true- I have to focus on my studies.

Best day of your life?

2011 first day of our tour in the US.

Worst thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?

A poop burger, that was terrible! (?!)

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate.

Last band you paid to see live?

I don’t remember, Norma Jean I think!

As a child what did you want to do when you grew up?

Exactly what I am doing right now.

DC or Marvel?

Marvel.

Rock, Paper, Scissors?

Scissors.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Wars.

Any final comment?

“Just that we love the UK. I wish we could tour here more, and we will do our best to play more here.”

Thanks Burt, a pleasure.

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