by Tiana Feng
Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Label: Light Organ Records
The super-group of Hawksley Workman, Steve Bays from Hot Hot Heat and Limblifter’s Ryan Dahle integrated the best of all their worlds in Mounties debut LP Thrash Rock Legacy.
In the album there is perfect chemistry between Dahle’s guitar work, Hot Hot Heat’s energy and Workman’s distinctive voice and attitude. It’s definitely not “thrash rock” by any means. This is music for the happy days. “Headphones” makes a now-everyday activity into the best thing ever, an anthem for the simple act of listening to music. “Tokyo Summer” sounds as bright and is characteristic of its title.
The best part of Thrash Rock Legacy is that it captures the joy that the 3 members had when performing together. Good times just naturally evoke itself in, “If This Dance Catches On”, a tune that also mirrors the group’s early shows, testing if the crowd would be receptive of this new group and the result must’ve been positive because the album holds 14 songs. There’s variation between all the songs as the group leaves plenty of room to experiment and even jam (“Minimum Effort”) . They’ve even included “Edible Cannibal” a short instrumental interlude of synths and percussion that leads into an entertaining tribute to “Hall & Oates”. Even when they’re “Feeling Low” the Mounties beam with energy. Thrash Rock Legacy will leave you wanting to find your own best friends to jam with.