By Brian M. Raftery
Updated March 10, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
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Perfectly competent — though not particularly inventive — the Pinehurst Kids, a punk outfit from Portland, Ore., gets points on Viewmaster for occasional departures from form (the mid-song, slow-tempo breakdown of ”Trepidation”) and old-school shout-outs (”Me Wrong” xeroxes the nasal-pitched punch of the Descendents). It doesn’t hurt to have exuberant, hum-heavy guitar hooks — a skill these Kids have mastered. B

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