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Pure Rubbish
Tejas Waste
One Hit Records

From the looks of them, the faces of the two brothers on the back of Pure Rubbish's new CD belong on the back of a milk carton. They are young. Really young. Surprisingly, their skills are comparable to those of older musicians -- like 18-year-olds. Since the ages of nine and 11, respectively, Evan and Derek Dunivan have been at the punk thing. Credit father and lead singer Willie Dunivan (a.k.a. PunkDaddy) for the boys' professionalism and especially raunchy taste. Now 12 and 14, Evan and Derek are veterans. Pure Rubbish is a known commodity.

The band isn't a tribute or copycat act. On "Johnny Attitude," an original by Derek and PunkDaddy, the guitar, drums and Mike McWilliams's bass meld together almost seamlessly, while the vocals are punchy and edgy. The delivery is tight and reflective of the band's all-for-one style -- right out of the book of punk, as populist a genre as there is; no one musician shines. Each accepts his role with grace. Different parts of songs are smoothly woven into the whole, while transitions between solos and ensemble portions are perfectly rendered.

This doesn't mean the band is tame. Hardly. On "Maximum Boy" (which, along with "Johnny Attitude," is one of the better songs on the CD), the catchy hand-claps and wild but controlled guitar charges maintain full steam to the classic, cacophonic wind-down at the end.

Daniel Rey, noted New York producer of acts such as the Ramones and White Zombie, asked to work with Pure Rubbish when he heard the band on tour in the New York area last summer. Together they cut Tejas Waste in New York's Baby Monster Studios a few months ago. With this EP, Pure Rubbish has created a recording that is original, energetic and fun.

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Elizabeth Taishoff