Houston Music

Pure Rubbish Reunites For Dad's Farewell Show

One of Houston's more accomplished homegrown acts, Pure Rubbish rode an eight-year wave that commenced in 1995 and came to an end in 2003. Even then, the group's two founding members, Derek and Evan Dunivan, had yet to reach the age of 20.

Yes, you read that right. The Dunivan brothers, self-taught musical wunderkinds, started Pure Rubbish at the ripe young ages of 11 and 9; Derek ripping through guitar riffs and Evan pounding away at his drum kit. Assisted by their father Willie on vocals and a borrowed bassist from Willie's band Personality Crisis, their first gig was a KISS tribute show.

After finding a permanent bassist in 1996, and a brief hiatus due to Derek's broken arm, Pure Rubbish resumed playing in 1997.

From there, the accomplishments start piling up. In 2000, an impressive SXSW showing landed the band some opening dates for a Motörhead/Nashville Pussy tour. Lemmy Kilmister dubbed them the "best band he'd heard in 10 years." They played on the Ozzfest 2001 tour, flew to Paris to open for AC/DC, and were signed to Ozzy Osbourne's Divine Recordings record label.

As is the case with many bands, influences and tastes change, and the music shifted. Glamorous Youth, which was to be the band's debut on Divine Recordings, had been shelved and never saw the light of day. A subsequent deal with Roadrunner Records soured after the band changed directions, and the group eventually split in 2003. Evan and Derek formed Penny Royal, and Mike and Jarrett started the Urgencies.

Tonight, though, the group will reunite for a special show at Fitzgerald's. Rocks Off got ahold of Pure Rubbish drummer Evan Dunivan to ask some questions about the band and the reunion.

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Marc Brubaker
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