JERK STORE #9: $?, 5 ½” x 8”, 32 pgs.

This Australian zine seems to me the pop punk equivalent to Florida’s mighty hardcore zine Seven Inches to Freedom. Similarities include: the quality of writing; assured, skillful layout (although this one seems much more photoshopped—whatever, I don’t care); emphatically DIY values; appreciation for the past/excitement for the present; and general aesthetic. This is high praise—I can’t think of a music zine today, discounting the Father (MRR), Son (Razorcake), and Holy Ghost (Give Me Back, and maybe literally. RIP?) as good as SITF. The content here is pretty standard stuff: interviews (Too Many Daves, The Hungups, Joyce Manor, Autistic Youth, Not Shy Of The DIY Records), reviews (records, zines), and essays on Embrace, Melbourne, and more general punk stuff. Not everything in here spoke to me and, occasionally, I had to check myself against skimming, but if they’re all this well-done, I would want a stack of these lying out at my house. Chances are, I could always pick one up and find something that engaged me. –Dave Brainwreck (PO Box 284, Maylands, WA 6931, Australia, [email protected])