Over the past half-decade Hattiesburg, MS has become a perhaps unlikely center of the international punk scene, a highlight on any band's journey through the American South. Judy and her Jerks are one of the groups at the hub of it all and it's easy to see why — their modern take on a lean, tight, and tuff USHC sound is catchy (CIRCLE JERKS are kin in not just name alone) and their enthusiasm for this music and each other is contagious. After a series of self-released tapes and comp appearances, this is their vinyl debut, as well as the overdue first record to be released from the modern-day Hattiesburg punk scene. Limited to 400 copies on black vinyl..
Our take: We’ve been following Hattiesburg, Mississippi’s Judy & the Jerks for a few years now, but this is their first vinyl appearance. In retrospect that might be a good thing because, while I already loved this band, Music for Donuts marks a big step up. Not only is the recording clearer, heavier, and more powerful but also the band seems to have locked into their sound, which is somewhere between Warm Bodies’ avant-hardcore and more straightforward 80s-style US hardcore. They covered Gorilla Biscuits on one of their earlier tapes, and their bright and snappy-sounding hardcore has a similar infectiousness (albeit with a lot more bite), but my favorite moments are tracks like “Butter” and “Friends” that feature catchy but blisteringly fast lead guitar riffs. If, like me, you cut your teeth on straightforward hardcore punk but also love all of this new weird punk rock popping up all over the US (read: egg punk), pick this up. But then again, I’ve been telling you to buy everything on Thrilling Living since they started, so hopefully you’re already following that sound advice.