MASCARA NITES / THE POOR CHOICES: Split: 7”

Mascara Nites seem to fall somewhere between Cub and the Donnas. They’re definitely going for a rock vibe, but their pair of songs aren’t overproduced and dorky, nor are they entirely cutesy and delicately crafted. Lacking really significant hooks, but still pretty convincing. There are apparently eight people in the band. Including, yes, a tambourine and triangle player. The Poor Choices do what’s essentially more of the same, and they sound somewhat like if Texas Terri, again, wasn’t overproduced and dorky. The record’s fun enough, but I couldn’t help wishing either band had brought a bit more ferocity and/or songwriting hooks to the table.

 –keith (Shake!, experienceshake.com)