Great Van Fleet Likes Zeppelin Comparisons

Great Van Fleet Likes Zeppelin Comparisons

Great Van Fleet Likes Zeppelin Comparisons

Greta Van Fleet singer Josh Kiszka was asked about comparisons between his band’s sound and that of Led Zeppelin in an interview with Internet radio station oWOW, answering, “We’ll take it.” But Josh’s brother, guitarist Jake Kiszka, said that the band’s main influences go back even further: “Blues is that glue that bonds us, you know. I’m a guitarist, so I have to have influences from people like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Hendrix — he’s another good one — yeah, like, a lot of the British blues players and even the American blues players like Elmore James. And yeah, so, a lot of blues for me — well, for all of us.” Both Jake and Josh cited blues artists like Elmore James, Muddy WatersHowlin’ WolfJohn Lee Hooker and Lead Belly as primary influences. Jake noted, “We grew up in a very creatively free environment. We grew up around a lot of vinyl and music, and not just music, but film and literature and things like that. We’ve always been playing music.” Greta Van Fleet recently rocketed to the top of the rock radio charts with the band’s first single, “Highway Tune.” The track is taken from the quartet’s debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, which came out last April. The Michigan-based band has just finished the first leg of its first-ever U.S. tour, with a second string of dates slated to begin on September 29th in Detroit. Greta Van Fleet hails from Frankenmuth, Michigan, and consists of brothers Josh, Jake and Sam Kiszka on vocals, guitar and bass/keyboards respectively, and their friend Danny Wagner on the drums. The band is named after a woman from Frankenmuth named Gretna Van Fleet and the name is used with her blessing. Black Smoke Rising was originally slated to be the first of three EPs that would together form the band’s debut album, although a full-length effort is now the likely next release from the group.

Source: Blabbermouth

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