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Pinehurst Kids

The presence of the word "kids" in these Pinehurst fellas' band's name should be a dead giveaway that their music isn't overly serious, ambitious, high-minded, or experimental, but rather, all about the simplicity and vitality of being a kid. Singer/guitarist Joe Davis's ragged, rousing anthems often recall Blake Schwartzenbach's Jawbreaker classics, to give you an idea of where these Kids are coming from. You got it, bouncy, down and dirty pop-punk that's so melodic and uptempo it feels cheery even when its lyrical content is a bit of a downer. If chugging guitars, thick, muddy bass lines, and strained, sincere male vocals make you weak in the knees, you're sure to go gaga for these boys. Even if they don't, it's hard not to be drawn in by the Pinehurst Kids adolescent vim and vigor.

Davis started the group in Portland in the mid '90s, naming it for his Idaho hometown. He's been the only constant in a series of lineup changes that have seen the Pinehurst Kids oscillate between trio- and quartet-hood. The band self-released its first album, Minnesota Hotel, in 1997, before the record was picked up and reissued by 4-Alarm Records, which also released the Pinehurst Kids' follow-up, Viewmaster (2000). The group's newest is Bleed It Dry (2001), on Barbaric, an accomplished, raucous 'n' catchy 11-song effort that suggests that the Kids' inexorable journey towards major success is nearly complete. The record features "Spinning Out," "Rollover," and "Planet of the Apes."