HARDSHIP ANCHORS / DEATH LOTTERY: Split: 7” EP

Hardship Anchors: Smart power pop-infused punk. “Human Condition” is a nice mid-tempo number with a simple, effective chorus, and “Fake” continues along the same line. Death Lottery: A bit more dissonant and “hardcore” vocal-wise, and much of the melody is embedded in the song structures. Three songs, no clunkers from ’em. Disparate deliveries from each band here, but they somehow mesh well, resulting in a fine split. –Jimmy Alvarado (Entertainment Worldwide, facebook.com/freetimeboyz)