Words by Abi Whistance and Late Night Legacy
The end of the year is nigh, and we thought you'd love to hear some of your favourite Leeds artists get down to the nitty gritty of 2019. In that very spirit, we caught up with Leeds alt-rockers Late Night Legacy to chat all about their top music picks of this year.
Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind
Ryan Kitto: This was one of the most anticipated albums of the year for me, Unsainted got me so excited and then the release of the Solway Firth video I was ecstatic. Especially seeing as I grew up on the Solway Firth, it's a Firth which forms part of the border between England and Scotland starting at St Bees in Cumbria- I'm not sure if Corey has actually been but that'd be pretty sick! A few of the other tracks are growers and it's a great workout soundtrack, but I found that a few others seem to fall short for Knot songs, but it must be getting difficult to come up with banger after banger when they've already written so many classics. I seen them live last year at Leeds First Direct Arena... no words.
The Hunna- IGHTF
Ryan Kitto: So this is a big song for me for so many reasons! Not only have The Hunna been a hugely influential part of my life musically and got me through some very hard times over the last couple of years, but I was actually asked to be in their music video directed by the legendary Haris Nukem just a couple of months ago. The video is now on YouTube and is sick AF! So if you want to see what thrashing and moshing for ten hours in a Thrasher jumper looks like then check it out! It's such a middle-finger-to-the-man kind of song as it came from a very real place of frustration, you'll see it in the not so subliminal messages in the video.
Bring Me The Horizon- Amo
Kylos Metcalf: In particular Sugar Honey Ice & Tea- this track has been a big track for guitar bands. With mainstream radio going down the route of more Ed Sheeran based material & house tat, this is helping to keep the rock scene alive. Distortion, big riffs, double pedal and huge choruses you can scream is what we’re all about! We need more of this shit!
The LaFontaines- Junior
Kyle Metcalf: The mix of rock and rap along with the Scottish vocals really makes this band feel fresh and unique. Basically I’ve not been able to stop listening to this band since I first heard them. Also they're definitely using a strat on their latest album and we love a strat! Cannot wait to see them live, from social media their tour and stage presence looks mental! Think Biffy Clyro meets INXS meets Rage.
Rival Sons - Feral Roots
Robert Orange: I'm an old school blues-rock guy at heart and as such, I was blown away by Rival Sons new album Ferrel Roots. It has so many big, ballsy, blues-rock riffs but this time with slightly more modern production begins them. Jay's vocals are as immense as always and they have some really catchy numbers on there. Ryan and I got to see them earlier this year at the 02 Academy when they toured England and it was one of the best gigs I've ever been to probs takes our tally up to 4 times now, yeah that's right, we've seen 'em 4 times. Of course, this is To The Local, and we care too much about Yorkshire to leave them behind. So, as necessity calls, we had to ask Late Night Legacy for their top local artists of the year too. We're nice like that.
Ryan Kitto: For me they have to be one of the best up and coming bands in the Yorkshire area. We asked Ru and the boys to support us at our last 360 gig and they fucking killed it. Insane energy, catchy hooks and contagious vocal melodies. Think Biffy Clyro meets Placebo, sound lads as well. Bang Bang Romeo
Robert Orange: I really like what Bang Bang Romeo are doing at the minute. We all made sure we saw their set at Kendall calling last year just before we played, we missed our soundcheck for it but we're usually tight AF in a line check haha! Anyway, I was instantly a fan. Great vocals over really catchy chord sequences. They have a REALLY big sound live considering there's only 3 of them, I think they may bring in a fourth guitar too at shows.
Dinosaur Pile Up
Andy Hounslow: After first listening to Dinosaur Pile-Up 10 years ago it’s been amazing to hear how they have progressed through the years. Their new release Celebrity Mansions is a raw, dirty, distorted mix of catchy vocal lines, great production and head-nodding riffs throughout. Even though they have come a long way since their first tracks, there is still the classic signature Dinosaur Pile-Up sound laced through each track. Avenoir
Ryan Kitto: I love the anthemic chanty chorus in Orpheus and Eurydice, it's a head-nodder for sure and tends to stay in there for quite some time. This band have gone from strength to strength over the years and are building a solid Yorkshire fanbase. They're also sound AF. Loved sharing a stage with them at Key Club a few weeks ago!
Ryan Kitto: It's not a coincidence that we've also shared the stage with these legends. Rob and I have seen Allora as a 3-piece a couple of times now and they have such a mesmerising presence on stage, hauntingly beautiful vocal melodies, all sick on guitar, all lovely happy but edgy girls! If you ain't seen 'em already do it, they've just got a new drummer on board! Burned is a class debut track, I'm really looking forward to these girls letting loose on their next tracks.