JERK STORE #12: $?, 8 ½” x 11”, printed, 50 pgs.

Jam-packed with interviews, reviews, and high-resolution photos, Jerk Store #12 is an essential read. I really enjoyed the interview with Negative Reinforcement, a powerviolence type of band from the Perth area. They are willing to talk shit and express their opinions honestly. It seems like a lot of bands hold back a little bit in interviews, not wanting to hurt their chances at getting a “big show” or pissing someone off. Negative Reinforcement doesn’t seem concerned with careerism. Another highlight of Jerk Store is their willingness to sprinkle in articles featuring older bands and albums. I pulled out my copy of Flipside Vinyl Fanzine #1 and gave it a spin, being reminded how essential that album was to my exposure to new bands back in the day. Jerk Store is highly recommended. –Steve Hart (PO Box 284, Maylands, West Australia, 6931, Australia)