steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


"Walk of Fame" CDEP

Zuzu Recordings

Genres: rock, pop, riot grrrl

Apr 14 - 20 2003

While they aren't particularly original or rule-breaking, Boink are a fun, female-fronted band with a catchy, melodic sound that rock and riot grrl fans will definitely enjoy.  Working their way around pop hooks in an energetic, guitar-heavy setting, Boink do get some really nice melodies going on Walk of Fame.

"Prescription Cocktail" isn't monumental, but it's a pretty infectious tune that is hard not to like.  "Toxic Overload" is a semi-riot grrrl track with a reasonable Sleater-Kinney influence.  The title track, meanwhile, is the album's best.  It is a rocking, fantastic tune that sounds as if it should be in a commercial or something (and I mean that in a good way).  "People Who Died," on the other hand, is supposed to be goofy and offbeat, but ends up sounding unorganized and barely listenable.

The band have an infectious, poppy rock sound that really works when they want it to, and as such the EP's highpoints (like the title-track) are supremely well-done.  It is a solid EP, but isn't, unfortunately, all that original, and there's a stark lack of variety in the disc's five songs.  The band would benefit from an edgier sound and a bit more variety.  Perhaps a bit less goofiness and a bit more focus on the neat guitar sound would filter out duds like "People Who Died."

Altogether, this is a fun, catchy EP with problems that will hopefully be ironed out by the time Boink's debut full-length comes out. 


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 songs, distributed by the band, released 2002]