OKAY, first things first. This is NOT a thrash metal album, despite its title, so don’t expect guitar solos and growling singers shouting about violence and Satan etc.
This is something really quite different. It’s hard to define this album – pop or rock or electronica or whatever – because it is a diverse collection and brimming with musical ideas. Mounties have been like magpies: pinching the lovely shiny things from everywhere and collecting them altogether in one big nest.
There is a definite ‘80s influence in parts with an Indie individuality. But the sheer variety offered up here is hardly surprising given that the band consists of three well-known musicians who have, as their blurb puts it, “celebrated solo identities”. Hawksley Workman, Ryan Dahle and Steve Bays have made Mounties a sort of supergroup but their professionalism and enthusiasm for this project shines through.
The most remarkable thing is that the album comes from a mere two weeks in the recording studio. Not everyone needs months behind the mixing desk if the ideas and will are there.
Pop with a hint of electronica and skirting on the crest of rock, Thrash Rock Legacy may have hints of the Eighties but it is very very modern.
Their impressive first single Headphones is on here, a catchy ditty if ever there was one, but the thrill ride goes on and on through tracks like Pretty Respectable, Edible Cannibal and Latch Key Kids.
It’s fun and thoroughly entertaining. and as a debut album it’s a sign of great things to come.