Show Review: I See Stars 2/17

The Light in the Cave tour
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Soundstage; Baltimore, MD
Review by Caitlyn Willard

The Light in the Cave tour, headlined by I See Stars, hit Baltimore for the first date of the run this past Wednesday at Soundstage. The tour lineup includes Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Get Scared, Palaye Royale, and The White Noise.

First to hit the stage was The White Noise, an up and coming band from Los Angeles. These guys set the bar high for the opening acts. They came out with full energy from the beginning as frontman, Shawn Walker, jumped into the crowd during the first song. It seemed that most of the crowd hadn’t heard of them before, but The White Noise left them with a performance they won’t soon forget.

Next up was Palaye Royale who also hail from the Los Angeles area. Genre wise, this group are definitely the odd balls on this tour, but that’s not a bad thing. Palaye have a mixture of smooth rock n roll with a slightly bluesy vibe and  raspy vocals from singer, Remmington Leith. Despite having a different sound than the rest of the lineup, Palaye were still able to win over the crowd and gain fans.

Unfortunately, Get Scared had vehicle issues and were unable to make it to the show, so Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! took the stage early, but had the crowd engaged instantly. A definite crowd pleaser was their cover of “All Star” by Smashmouth. Whether they had heard of Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! or not, everyone in the room was singing along and jumping up and down. They ended their set strong with their most popular song, “In Friends We Trust.”

It was now time for the band that everyone came to see, I See Stars. This was my first time seeing them live and I was definitely impressed with their performance. I See Stars played a variety of songs, and didn’t fail to satisfy fans who hope and pray for older songs. From the die-hard fans shoved up against barricade to the mosh pits in the back of the room, I See Stars brought the house down with their never dying energy and enthusiasm for playing shows.

Review:: Get Lost, Find Yourself | Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t give much attention to Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! when they first arrived. It wasn’t done maliciously or out of spite or, now that I think about it, it wasn’t even done intentionally. I guess they just showed up while I had things going on, who knows. There’s a point to this; in the here and now, this lack of previous focus acts in both my favor and theirs. On Get Lost, Find Yourself, I’m getting a fresh impression of a band who are seeming to hit their stride.

After a pair of good tracks, “The Other Line” provides the first great one. Systematically scattered, with transitions between clean and harsh vocals, pop-punk choruses and easycore breakdowns, there’s a constant push-and-pull that lands the song balanced somewhere in the middle. Follow-up “Set it Straight” continues down the path of cleaner style, but ends up sounding like more of extension of its predecessor rather than its own separate piece.

Just because there’s a taste of pop-punk doesn’t mean there isn’t a presence of plenty of heavier material. The two opening tracks I mentioned before both kick in with huge guitar riffs, while “Pull You Under” gets the blood racing immediately and keeps a tight grip.

While the group takes its chances (see: the obscure introduction into “Worst Case Scenario”), these aren’t all for the better. The plucky guitarwork to the previously-mentioned “Worst Case Scenario” takes a moment to reset from, dropping a decent track to sub-par. However, there are positives to balance out the negatives: “What Goes Around” avoids the temptation to add the guttural backing vocals you’d expect from a song of this style and tempo within this genre. Rather, Bert Poncet’s voice is arguably at its best here and is given the opportunity to be showcased.

Closing out with “Every Moment,” the five-piece combines some of the album’s cleaner, smoother moments with some of its harshest. The sharp contrast between the two is successful within the song, and allows for great lasting value.

Hearing progress and growth from a band is a rewarding experience. When a band’s strengths are on display, and better yet, are being sharpened and worked on further, it shows that they’re trying to be as good of a band as you are a fan.

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! are three albums into their career, and things are looking up. I don’t see myself postponing my first listen of LP4 when it comes around.

Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Runtime: ~35 minutes
Rating: 3.25/5
Check Out: “Pull You Under,” “The Other Line”

Track listing:
01. Playing Dead
02. City of Light
03. The Other Line
04. Set it Straight
05. Pull You Under
06. What Goes Around
07. Worst Case Scenario
08. Twist the Knife
09. Get Lost, Find Yourself
10. Every Moment

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is:
Bert Poncet – Vocals
Éric Poncet – Guitar
Paul “Wilson” Cordebard – Guitar
Mathias Rigal – Bass
Bastien Lafaye – Drums

New Studio Update: Get Lost, Find Yourself Studio Update | Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

New Music Video: “The Other Line” | Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! 

This track is off the bands upcoming album, Get Lost, Find Yourself, to be released May 18th via Fearless Records! To pre-order the album, click here!

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Announce New Album

Earlier this week Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! released the information about their upcoming album, Get Lost, Find Yourself. The album, which was recorded in Los Angeles, CA with producer Kyle Black (Comeback Kid, New Found Glory, The Color Morale), will be released on May 19th via Fearless Records.

You can find the album artwork and track listing for the new album below!

Track Listing:
1. Playing Dead
2. City of Light
3. The Other Line
4. Set It Straight
5. Pull You Under
6. What Goes Around
7. Worst Case Scenario
8. Twist The Knife
9. Get Lost, Find Yourself
10. Every Moment

NEW: Fearless Friends tour dates.

Featuring: Blessthefall, Motionless in White, The Word Alive, Tonight Alive and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk.

Dates can be seen by clicking “Read More”.

11.09 –  Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum
11.10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
11.11 – San Diego, CA @ Soma (Main Room)
11.12 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
11.13 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11.14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11.15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11.16 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11.18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
11.19 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11.20 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
11.21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Station Four
11.22 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11.23 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
11.24 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
11.25 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
11.26 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
11.27 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
11.29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
11.30 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
12.1 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
12.2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
12.3 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
12.4 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southerland
12.5 – Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone
12.6 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
12.8 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12.9 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
12.10 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
12.11 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
12.12 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
12.13 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
12.14 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
12.15 – El Paso, TX @ Open Gate Church
12.16 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

NEW: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Signs to Fearless Records(@fearlessrecords)

Fearless Records would like to welcome Paris, France pop punk quintet Chunk! No,  Captain Chunk! to the family!

 The band will be re-releasing their album Something For Nothing with all-new artwork and a bonus track this summer. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! will also be making their US debut on the upcoming 2011 Summer pArtery Tour  alongside In Fear And Faith, Vanna, A Loss For Words, Ten After Two, and Adestria.

 Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! was formed in 2007 with one goal in mind – to make friends all over the world through their euphoric blend of pop melodies, punk ethics and hardcore breakdowns. Based in Paris, France but determined to spread the word of Chunk! No, Captain Chunk across the globe, these five friends – Bertrand Poncet (Vocals), Paul Wilson (Guitar/Back Vocals), Éric Poncet (Guitar), Mathias Rigal (Bass) and Jonathan Donnaës (Drums) – are ready to take the world by storm.

 Find out more about Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! by checking out their Facebook and following the guys on Twitter.