I have a bit of a rule nowadays about purchasing albums: it is rare that I go out and spend the $16 or more unless I like at least two of the songs. I guess the exceptions are Queens of the Stone Age and Radiohead, who I’ll pick up just because I know they’re guaranteed to please. So what of Mounties and their album Thrash Rock Legacy ? I instantly fell in love with Mounties after hearing their single, “Headphones“, a regular on my DJ playlist, but that was nearly a year ago. I saw them at Rifflandia last year and I think they did pretty well considering the show was the very first time they performed together in front of an audience at all, so kudos to them- this just an example of the might of their individual talents as performers. By popular demand the band compiled what they had, and so they evolved from fun project into legitimate band avec album for purchase.
What sold me was the second single, “Tokyo Summer“, which the Zone 91.3fm played almost every morning for week, and so I had no choice but to pick up the album. Plugged it in today and found Mounties to be exactly what I expected: sweet, melodic, poppy, fun. A summer crowd pleaser for sure. These are the types of songs you’ll be humming along to all day at BBQs, while playing frisbee, while soaking in the sun.
Now, let it be known that I’m not a fan of Hawksley Workman. But it should be noted that Mounties is such a great collaboration of talents that his artsy-pretension is subdued, and his level of musicianship and camaraderie unexpectedly revealed to me. For some reason I get the impression that he is a lot more fun than his solo work makes him seem, and I’ll admit that his efforts in Mounties has pushed me into fandom. It should be noted that this is not an easy win for him.
The liner notes credit Ryan Dahle, (Limblifter), and Steve Bays, (Hot Hot Heat), for most of the technical talent for mixing and engineering, which I love to see because it tells the story of a truly independent project with strong results. This is sort of what Rock and Roll is all about, right? Very little corporate influence. In fact, I’m pretty sure they toured old school, this year, in a van. I am falling deeper in love with how charming this all sounds.
Mounties are a great band and I hope this is more than a one-time-deal. Here are some audio-visuals:
Lucky Jeremy Baker spent some time with them at the Zone (91.3 fm):
And of course, this video kicks ass:
Thanks friends. Stay tuned.