Thursday, May 25, 2023

Why Greta Van Fleet Should Get a Free Pass for Sounding Like Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Rush, Yes and More

If you've ever heard Greta Van Fleet, you've probably heard the comparisons to seventies rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Yes. Some people are discrediting the band due to the comparisons they've made. I feel that this band should get a free pass for echoing the hallowed saints of rockdom, quite noticeably, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Hell, even Robert Plant stated during an interview the band WAS Led Zeppelin I. But before you write off Greta Van Fleet as some sort of Grammy-winning cover band, I want to point something out.

Greta Van Fleet features twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka, their younger brother Sam Kiszka, and their friend and bandmate Danny Wagner. First, it must be stated that Josh and Jake Kiszka were a whopping 16 years old when they formed their band. Little brother Sam was only 13 years old. 

When they released their first song 'Highway Tune' with former drummer Kyle Hauck (before Danny Wagner replaced him) Josh and Jake were 17. The song was used for the series Shameless and when it was released as the band's first single on April 2, 2017, the twins were just turning 21 years old. 

It's only natural that their influences would weigh heavily on their sound and as they grow, and have more experiences, their sound will also grow and evolve. 

There's no question that Greta Van Fleet's influences are identifiable in each of their songs but this is true of many artists. 

Greta Van Fleet writes their own songs and anyone who challenges Josh Kiszka's voice as being on par with the rock and roll greats including Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury, Geddy Lee, Jon Anderson, and Bruce Dickinson is hearing impaired. 

If it weren't for Josh Kiszka's voice drawing comparisons to classic rock bands, his twin brother Jake's lead guitar playing would be enough to keep the complainers full of gripes. Jake's heavy guitar riffs are comparable to those of Jimmy Page and Pete Townsend. Sam Kiszka rocks out on the bass and even drummer Danny Wagner is often compared to Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.

Middle Eight asked the question if Greta Van Fleet sounds 'too much' like Led Zeppelin and over 12,000 people shared comments weighing in on the subject. 

Some have praised the band for keeping the spirit of classic rock alive and doing so in a way that is relevant to today's generation.

Check out Greta Van Fleet's 'Meeting the Master' in the video player below.

Greta Van Fleet 'Meeting the Master'

Greta Van Fleet is a psychedelic, bluesy caravan that magically transports you to the dynamic sound of the 70s. Their prowess is homage to the classic rock gods of old, but make no mistake, this is a modern band, crafting a modern sound.

With their new album "Starcatcher" out on July 21, 2023, their meteoric rise to fame is sure to hit new heights.

Are you going for the ride?

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