Unexpected is a good way to describe Gone Are the Good Days. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! took advantage of the pandemic to refine this album, to take risks and to put out a well-textured and evolved album while retaining some of the fun power chord-packed Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! we know and love.
The titular “Gone Are the Good Days” feels the most familiar to classic Chunk! with bouncy easycore energy. The album features the band’s first love song in “Marigold” that starts off with a soft indie strumming but then the bass kicks in, amping up the track to a pop punk ballad.
A killer intro of screaming guitar chords and fierce drums brings “True Colors” blaring into the middle of the album, a song that calls out the fake, selfless antagonist. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! take even more risks with “Complete You” with instrumental adventurism and featuring a saxophone in the finale of the pop-fueled track, lending to a strangely 80s feel that surprisingly hits the vibe perfectly.
With “Tongue Tied” we get a duet love ballad with poignant lyrics, “Tell me if this is too much/I’ve always felt I’m not enough/the closer I get to something/the further I run/I hope things are different this time.” The album closes with “Fin,” a banger that builds and erupts with every chorus, exhibiting synth-style keys and delicately ferocious drumming.
Gone Are the Good Days will give listeners a treat of an evolved pop punk/metalcore album. The effort solidifies the next step in the sound of Chunk! No Captain Chunk! resulting in a sophisticated progression that is as exciting as it is accomplished.