This group could be classified as a hidden punk rock gem, completely disconnected from the punk rock scene for over three decades. Still, for those who took music piling and collecting seriously, Kirk And The Jerks are not some unfamiliar faces. The band was formed in Lancaster, PA, back in 1986 by Kirk Rice and Dave Benner. Dave’s friend Mark Diener joined up as a drummer and his younger brother Eric Benner took the duties of a bass player. This was the initial line-up of the band that lasted a while until Steve Boltz joined as a guitar play in 1987, but only lasted on that position for a year or so. After that, the group changed various musicians, went on a hiatus, and experienced various reincarnations throughout the years. In the final years of the band’s existence, some material was never recorded, while their latest recordings went missing right after the recording process. Somehow, Kirk And The Jerks have never had a well-deserved chance to showcase their music in the brightest lights.
Luckily for all the vinyl collectors, Division Street Sounds decided to gather all the recordings by Kirk And The Jerks in a
special bundle that includes vinyl record, double compact disc, and download code. The vinyl includes twelve compositions, while the compact discs include thirty-seven numbers. The download code comes as a bonus for those who would like to enjoy Kirk And The Jerks on the go. For those who like to go a bit into extremes, there’s also an old school skateboard deck that reveals a brilliant graphic, entirely made to fit the eighties era vibe. H-Street prepared two shirt designs. The first one carries the exact skateboard deck design and the other includes the original logo of the group. Considering the appearance of the bundle, this special edition discography set looks both visually and sonically appealing.
For those who’re not familiar with the sound of Kirk And The Jerks, you may expect nothing but a pure mixture of eighties hardcore punk intervened with some classic punk rock maneuvers. Perhaps their music leans a bit towards punk rock, but the entire package also showcases how Kirk And The Jerks were heavily inspired by the true hardcore punk scene. You’ll notice how their earlier works demonstrate a sincere approach to these underground genres through simplistic but yet effective chord progressions, while the energetic rhythm section provides a powerful output for the entire band. Their sound was melodic, honest, but also crude and aggressive when necessary. Kirk’s high-pitched, semi-distorted vocals are providing another layer of rawness and dirtiness over the top. Still, their music was precise and stable enough, considering the fact most of these recordings were recorded on rented 4-track machines and poorly sounding microphones.
Kirk And The Jerks music heavily reminds of something the Germs, FEAR, Necros, X, Agent Orange, Stiff Little Fingers, and Ramones would eventually record at some point in their careers. It’s a perfect blend of eighties hardcore punk and classic punk rock, perfectly balanced between aggression and melody. This special
discography bundle can be found at Division Street Sounds or H-Street. Head over to their websites for more detailed information ordering.