Andy chats with the boys from DIRTY LEGACY
Hi guys! Thanks for taking the time to talk to TheMetalAge.com Can you tell us a little about Dirty Legacy?
Ryan: Well from my perspective, it started out as a jamming project for all of us as we grew up together as musicians. We all had a lot of different influences. With all of those different influences, it’s hard to describe but if I had to. the way I describe it is that it has a lot of classic elements but a modern edge that definitely shows through in all of our songs.
Bryan: We’re a rock 3 piece, nothing more to it. It’s kind of hard to pinpoint a single comparison to us because our influences our so diverse, but the commonality we share is that we all appreciate hard rock music amongst our other influences. In a nutshell, Dirty Legacy is just straight-up hard rock, nothing else.
Jonathan: Me and Ryan had always been close as cousins, a lot closer than most people would say they are with family members and he is the one who had encouraged me to start playing the drums. From there on we just jammed and had lots of fun and then the opportunity to play was given to us so we jumped at the first chance.
I detect a slight hint of punk in your music, which creates an extra, added bonus. Is this something that came naturally or by chance?
Ryan: It really just came naturally with the way that we learned to play together. Each of us kind of found our own way with music in sort of a punk fashion. We truly just played what we felt and let that feeling come out. The songs that we write kind of write themselves in a way. I think that is where that punk element comes into play, the true feeling and passion that we put into our songs.
Jonathan: I completely agree with Ryan I don’t believe the way that the punk aspect came into it by force I believe it’s just the way that all of us play and how different it is that makes a punk(ish) sound.
Bryan: I can’t really speak for how Ryan or Jona integrated punk into the sound, but I myself appreciate the styles of Duff McKagan, Mike Dirnt, Matt Freeman, Mark Hoppus, etc. etc. Duff McKagan was my first influence on bass; I remember that the bus ride from my middle school to my house was just over an hour-long, so I would listen to Appetite all the way through every day on the bus back then. Enormous influence. So yeah, it wasn’t something that we forced into our sound, but rather something that just happened organically.
I can hear the old school influences you mention Bryan. The track Lightning Strikes reminds me of Ozzy Osbourne’s Bark At The Moon era blended with Thin Lizzy. Obviously you guys are massive fans of the traditional Rock pioneers. It is good to see that the old school sound is being revamped and having some modern touches added.
Ryan: There’s not enough to say about our old school influences. It’s where my heart lies and will always lie.
Jonathan: Thank you, we do appreciate the older classic rockers like Ozzy Osborne a lot and in my opinion, that is where a lot if not all of my influences came from.
Ryan: At least as a musician at least and even as a person. I’ve always had tremendous respect for Axl Rose and his ability to talk to an audience and not be afraid to speak his mind. We’ve gotten into some trouble with this type of stuff but I think that’s what rock n roll is about, truly speaking what’s on your mind.
Bryan: Phil Lynott was one of the greats.
Being an old school fan myself, I can relate to this having lived through the great ’80s and seeing all the bands in their glory days. One Day (it’ll haunt you) is another track that takes me back. This track has a more Early Guns/ Sabbath vibe to it. Were you listening to these bands at the time of writing or is this a jam that just appeared from within?
Ryan: I would definitely say that I was truly channeling my inner Guns’ like aggression in that song. Letting out some problems that were being unnecessarily caused in my life by, as we introduce it at shows, “a person that we know, that we don’t exactly like.”
Bryan: Hahaha well, we’re always listening to that kind of stuff, but I remember the day when Ryan showed me the hook. It wasn’t like it spontaneously came out from his guitar, but it was more like he was deliberately trying to find something to go along with an e-minor chord progression. I don’t know, maybe he was trying to find a way to communicate how he was feeling. There’s a lot of discordance to that particular song. But as Ryan was saying, the song is about a universally disliked person that we know.
Jonathan: I truly believe that they would be a big part in the making of that song! We have always listened to them and that has truly been a great inspiration for me. That song was truly a great song because everyone in the band had a big personal aspect of It even if we didn’t help write it as much it meant a lot to all of us.
It’s safe to say pretty much everyone has had those feeling about someone else that they don’t like. The aggression certainly does come to the forefront in this track that’s for sure. I guess the lyrics all have a meaning, not like most bands these days where the vocals are hardly definable. Was it always the plan to have clean vocals or did you have any desire to vary vocal lines as most bands tend to do these days?
Ryan: As a vocalist, I’ve never been into screaming vocals. I can respect it as a fan of the music but it’s never inspired me to want to emulate it. So, yes clean vocals have always been the plan.
Bryan: Yeah, we don’t have any intention to incorporate harsher vocals into our sound. But I don’t have any problem with bands that do.
Jonathan: I do remember one day Ryan saying that an inspiration was Jimi Hendrix which makes sense with him wanting to have clean vocals.
Ryan: What can I say? What rock musician can say he’s never been influenced by Jimi in some way?
Bryan: Yes, and as a matter of fact, the first song we’ve ever played to an audience was “Wild Thing.”
I just don’t understand, as a journalist and a fan how most new bands jump on the bandwagon of having screamo then clear vocals. It kinda weakens the whole structure of the track. At least with the old school classics, you knew there was a main vocalist and occasionally backing vocals. I can certainly hear the Hendrix inspiration. I must say that your vocals strongly resemble those of G. B. H. The classic Birmingham punk band. Has anyone ever mentioned this to you before? Especially on the Political Correctness track.
Ryan: I couldn’t agree more with you on that first point and no, I haven’t heard that before but I’m always open to new music and that’s definitely something that I will check out in them out in the near future, as I’m sure it’s a compliment, thanks in advance!
It certainly is a compliment Ryan. Your lyrics seem to have a lot of meaning. Is the state of the world at present something that influences what you write in your lyrics?
Ryan: I have a lot of frustration when I turn on the TV and see certain things going on in the world. A lot of assumptions are made about Political Correctness and which side of the fence the lyrics fall on but as the true artist that I feel I am, it is open to the interpretation of the listener. You see, I wrote the lyrics to that song while the riots in Ferguson Missouri we’re going on and it was all over the TV. Like I said, it’s open to interpretation but that will give you some insight on where it came from. As for something like the song Prey, it was really a song that was long in the making as I had been writing that song for well over a year before I actually developed it into a full song. It was basically my challenge to the world for people telling me what I can and can not do.
Bryan: Man, Prey is such an old song. The music and chord structure have to be around five years old by now.
I can relate to that, the problems here in Europe are a real pain. Have you got any plans for the near future?
Ryan: We are hitting the studio actually in December to record three songs with our old friend Brandon Mann who is producing us on our upcoming releases, two of which will be out sometime in early 2017.
Any shows lined up?
Bryan: We’re going to rent a venue over the summer and invite other bands to play with us. We call it LegacyFest, and it’s something that we did last July, as well. Until then, we’re just writing and recording for a new LP. I think our newer songs are much more refined than what you’ll find on The Leg you See, which were all written throughout our high-school days.
That’s an interesting idea. Not seen that done before Bryan.
Ryan: We actually just did that over this past summer and it was very successful. So this summer will in fact be Legacy Fest 2
Bryan: Hahaha yeah, almost like the generator shows in the Palm Desert back in the 90s, except with air conditioning and a proper power source.
Sounds like fun. I wish you all the best with your plans guys thanks for taking the time to chat to me. It’s been a pleasure talking to you.
Ryan: Thank you so much! The pleasure’s all ours!