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Pinehurst Kids
Bleed It Dry
Barbaric Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Like Pavement, and Sonic Youth before them, Superchunk has a lot to answer for, as far as being an inspiration to a hoard of boys and girls picking up guitars, plugging in, and bashing away at a particularly "punk" version of hook laden pop music. Sometimes, I'd like to go to Chapel Hill and rap on their door, and thank them for inspiring some of my favorite bands (like Versus), but other times, and in the case of Oregon's bratty power poppers the Pinehurst Kids, I'd like to beat the living crap out of them.

Now, I realize that Superchunk are not necessarily the creators of this hybrid of punk rock, pop rock, and DIY ethic, but I can't really take up my complaint with the Replacements. See, the Replacements were just drunk all the time, and that's how their attempt at music came off, all sloppy and loud, but crafted and great at the same time. There is no doubt that Superchunk found something in this formula that worked, and capitalized on that inspiration, and wrote some fantastic records because of it.

Now, it is entirely possible that the Pinehurst Kids like to indulge in the beerez themselves, but not even a case of Honey Brown would make me fall in love with these Northwestern Superchunk- aholics.

Though Bleed it Dry starts off on a tolerable note, with the bouncy number "Spinning Out," they seem to take their own musings to heart, as the rest of the record tumbles down that big indie-rock hill, hitting every Get Up Kid, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Built to Spill on the way down.

By albums end, it is obvious that the Pinehurst Kids know how to develop semi-clever and catchy songs, as evident on "The Onceler," and "Big Fight," but they are definitely pushing the limits and treading too far into annoying waters, with singer Joe Davis' Jeremy Enigk meets Perry Farrell meets the guy from Wheatus' vocal style representing. And the stinkers like "Planet of the Apes" and "Deconstruct" sound like a Jimmy Eat World style plea to get on the radio (ala that new "Bleed American" piece of trash).

With production by Larry Crane (Quasi, etc), Bleed it Dry does succeed in "sounding" like a great rock album, and the songs are honestly not the most horrendous things ever written. In all actuality, I probably would have been sort of into this record a few years ago. Now, though, I don't think that the Pinehurst Kids would be my choice to quench that straight up pop-core thirst that I develop from time to time. For that, I would most certainly turn to "Foolish" or "Here's Where the Strings Come In," and scream along, that I too, think I'm hyper enough as it is.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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