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Album Review: Made for Walking by Pink Punk Boots
Made for Walking, the new debut from Pink Punk Boots, opens sounding like Seattle-flavored John Oates on ditchweed, drawing influences from DJ Spooky and Radiohead, with a knowing nod to (the criminally underrated) Jandek.
Made for Walking is the avant-grunge-ers’ attempt at esoteric, haunting, art school sequencing rock.
Made for Walking tries too hard to break new ground—for good reason: Cristy Scoggins was writing this music in a tent. Thus, Made for Walking marks a musical turning point, á la the Beatles’ White Album (except if Ringo wrote every song).
“Hands off my Product” echoes strains of a MC5-esque epic, with a penchant for dazzling guitar epic and raw vocal vibe, while the more jaded ”Curly Girl” moves at cloud speed, reminiscent of Alex Chilton on beer. However, Pink Punk Boots speeds it up with ”Estrogen Rage”. But such lack of design has its own charm. The result? wounded, haunting, lissom. alt-folk. Perfect for contemplating oblivion during a breakup at an abandoned meat-packing plant.
3 stars. RIYL: Serge Gainsbourg.