"This is not manufactured music, this is not processed beats and soundbites, this is real music by real musicians. This is what fans, journalists, and musicians live for."
By Cameron Knibbs|May 22nd 2020
Featured Image Credit: Simon Walker
Late Night Legacy - Crystal Blue|Review
Leeds is currently an exciting seen for emerging bands, and even during the Covid-19 pandemic, artists are still managing to produce exciting new material. One such band is Late Night Legacy, who will be releasing their new single, Crystal Blue, on the 29th of May.
Comprised of Ryan Kitto (vocals and guitar), Robert Orange (guitar), Kyle Metcalf (bass), and Andy Hounslow (drums), the band effortlessly combine hard-hitting riffs with melodic guitar, creating rhythms to dance to, rock out to, and ultimately, just have fun to.
This signature sound has proven successful thus far, as the band have already supported Duran Duran, and Reef at Leeds First Direct Arena, as well as headlining shows across Yorkshire. Their last single, Blame, already demonstrated the band’s ability to combine pop and rock through grooves and melodies, overlaid with soft and sultry vocals, underpinned by a driving drum beat. The single sold out in HMV in one day.
Ryan Kitto is without doubt the modern-day Michael Hutchence with his enticing vocals, that range from sultry to all-powerful. The band’s new single, Crystal Blue, continues to push these boundaries of blurring genres, creating heavier riffs, with melodic guitars obtaining a raw quality. Blending genres can be dangerous, but Late Night Legacy have created a new single that does not alienate rock fans, but also entices pop fans to stray away from repetitive beats and lyrics, whispered by someone that is talentless, and indulge in something far more appetising and rewarding.
Crystal Blue pours out emotion, and not just from the vocals. Every chord that is played, every pulsating beat of the drum is just an extension of the musicians themselves. Whilst the track gets the blood bumping and the energy high, it is also vital to just sit back and listen once to appreciate what incredible musicians the band is formed of.
Throughout the track, there is an underlying sense of appreciation for the bands that came before them, of decades gone, creating a sense of nostalgia whilst pushing the sound further to be modern, fresh, and exciting. This is not manufactured music, this is not processed beats and soundbites, this is real music by real musicians. This is what fans, journalists, and musicians live for.
Whilst there is a desperation to see this single live, at least it is possible to dance at home to the alt-rockers on Spotify. Also, you should follow Late Night Legacy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all announcements, as it won’t be long until the band are headlining Leeds First Direct Arena themselves.