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Pnature Walk To Release 'Pnatural'
Posted August 02, 2016 by Greg Lindberg
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Hailing from Lafayette, Pnature Walk has only wanted to take you on a jaunting walk of psychedelic rock-inspired tribulations. The walk is a journey that the band has taken for almost four years, and the members have recently diverted down different paths as that ultimate journey continues. Part of the journey is the release of Pnatural on Magnetic South, which can be listened to and purchased from Magnetic South’s Bandcamp page.

“The experience of playing in Pnature Walk is like all having the same haircut without meaning to,” says lead singer and guitarist Ethan Robbins, summing up his time with the band. If I can poorly interpret his statement, I would say that the experience extends to the listener and audience as well. There’s some comfort when listening to and seeing Pnature Walk play. You fit in with it, even though you may not expect to.

But there’s also a frantic discomfort that’s both relatable and exciting; a wicked pulse of freaking out with self-expression. Maybe the foursome grew tired with their roles and directions as they moved on to new efforts. Casey Synesael took a break from guitar to focus on drumming with the up-and-coming Paper Claw (also check out Greg's NUVO story on Paper Claw). Robbins and Jacob Stetler have started to play in a new band, GAIA. So with the upcoming tape release show at State Street Pub on Saturday, August 6, it’s up in the air whether or not this is Pnature Walk’s last show.

Reflecting on how Pnature Walk started, Robbins shares, “It started in a barn as a garage rock band then formed into more of a band taking from proto-punk influences.” Several small releases occurred during their time playing frequently, but this Magnetic South release is definitely a peak in their backpacking adventure. With eight full-force tracks, the youthful energy of Pnatural even caught the ears of the Condé Nast darlings at Pitchfork.

With the memorable melody of opening track “Vehicle,” Pnatural is a recounting of long walks in nature, be it metaphorical or literal – it’s all relevant to where the band fits currently in time. Even with four tracks under two minutes, Pnatural does not feel too quick, amateurish or derivative. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Your mind literally travels out of your dumb body to the sink or swim queasiness of “Light Slave” and the scattering fuzz of screaming ender “Savage Light". 

For a long time, I’ve wanted to do an interview with the group where we get lunch, take a walk in nature, and discover a dead body. The logistics of getting the dead body I wanted for the interview is kind of what kept it from happening. To make a long story short, these are the dudes you want to hike with and discover something, or nothing. Maybe that dream interview will still happen in some iteration or another.

As Robbins reflects more on the years spent embodying the spirit of Pnature Walk, he is gracious. “We are thankful for all that have supported and listened over the three to four years,” he says. As more fans arise with this new cassette release, don’t fret that the journey is over. My advice: Listen to Pnature Walk’s past recordings on Bandcamp, check out Paper Claw and GAIA, and go jam out at this release show.

If you do plan on coming to the show on Saturday, you can expect to feel that weight of maturity (or lack thereof) and growth tossed around with all the good and bad memories. “People can expect love and a full journey from us,” Robbins says. “We are in the cosmos. That is what we've always been about.”

 

If you go:

Lineup: Pnature Walk, Craig Bell, Day Creeper, and Dr. John Dawson

Time: 9 p.m., Saturday, August 6

Location: State Street Pub, 243 N. State Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46201

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