Heavy Meta came together like a musical mosaic – parts written collectively patched with parts written alone. Some were recorded in bedrooms and others in basements; home studios and iconic studios. Bays even did much of his work beside the fire at his rustic middle-of-nowhere cabin. Everyone engineered and everyone mixed, with some songs entirely reshaped through literally hundreds of revisions. “For me, the art of the process is what’s so rewarding about Mounties,” Bays shares.

Ask any one member just what it is that makes their union so special and they’ll point to the other two. “I don’t see it as what I bring to the table,” Workman muses. “I see it as what Ryan and Steve bring out of me. We’re fans of one another, and so the best parts of who we are – our true musical characters – can shine through. We’re never trying to emulate anything in this band.”

Indeed, Heavy Meta makes it clear that these three have cemented their sonic identity. Tracks like “No XTC” and “Flags of Convenience” are as lively as they are diverse, loaded with twisting melodies and strange-but-satisfying meters, whereas “Burning Money” and “Longplay” are sticky, more straightforward rockers. Then there’s the hypnotic slow burn of the slithery “Python Status.” Despite the wide array of influence and countless moving parts, though, the collection remains cohesive, uncompromising, and undeniably Mounties.

“We’ve done everything we wanted to do on our own,” Dahle says. “Now, we get to achieve things we haven’t achieved as individuals,” and perhaps the most significant of those is making music that defies and transcends individualism – music that could only be the product of this particular union of unique creative minds.

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1. Skymall
2. Heavy Meta
3. Modesty Pays
4. Hitchin’ Man
5. Python Status
6. Flags of Convenience
7. De-Evolve Again
8. No XTC
9. Canoe Song
10. Beauty Won’t Fail You
11. Longplay
12. One Way Mirror
13. Burning Money
14. You Were Right
15. Dark Heart Softening

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