Published Mar 03, 2014Supergroups can have a tendency to add up to less than the sum of their parts, leaving the stars involved sounding like lesser versions of themselves. Luckily, Mounties — consisting of Hawksley Workman, Hot Hot Heat's Steve Bays and Limblifter's Ryan Dahle — manage to avoid this by carving out their own unique identity on Thrash Rock Legacy. They created these songs during extended improvised jam sessions that were later edited down; this spontaneous approach results in electrifying arrangements that are stuffed with drum fills, shared vocal leads and hooks aplenty.
Highlights include "If This Dance Catches On," which pairs thundering rock riffs with subtle melodies, and the majestic dreaminess of the synth-speckled "Tokyo Summer." The album's only problem is that it's too much of a good thing, since the hour-long runtime is exhausting without any downtempo numbers. As good as much of Thrash Rock Legacy is, it's best enjoyed in small doses.
Read an interview with Mounties about their debut LP here. (Light Organ)