Amid repeated comparisons to Led Zeppelin, Greta Van Fleet have announced their plans to turn their sound in a new direction.
Greta Van Fleet lead singer Kiszka tried to accept Plant’s comments as praise, responding by simply saying: “That’s lovely,” in regards to the compliment. “You can’t put that more Robert Plant than that,” he added. While the comparisons are there, the band themselves have admitted to Zeppelin being a huge influence them while growing up, guitarist Jake Kiszka once saying he “went through a year of really intensely studying what [Jimmy] Page.” (faroutmagazine)
guitarist Jake Kiszka has explained that: “We’re working on something quite different,” in a new interview with NME. “It’s interesting, because we never know exactly what an album is going to look like — it can only be so premeditated. But as it sort of unfolds now, it’s an example of where we are musically right now. It’s definitely much different than Anthem of the Peaceful Army would have been,” he continued.
Sam Kiszka, bassist of the band, also added: “I think it’s really the next step in the evolution of what we want to do… I think as far as the intent goes, it’s just incorporating more sounds, more tones, more styles of music, perhaps, and taking a step in the cinematic direction.”
3 – LEEDS, O2 Academy Leeds
4 – DUBLIN, Olympia Theatre
6 – GLASGOW, O2 Academy Glasgow
7 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, O2 Academy Newcastle
9 – LIVERPOOL, Mountford Hall, Liverpool Uni
10 – NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
12 – AMSTERDAM, AFAS Live (Netherlands)
13 – PARIS, Le Zenith (France)
15 – ANTWERP, Lotto Arena (Belgium)
18 – COPENHAGEN, KB Hallen (Denmark)
20 – COLOGNE, Palladium (Germany)
21 – MUNICH, Zenith (Germany)
24 – MILAN, Alcatraz (Italy)
26 – BARCELONA, Sant Jordi Club (Spain)
In January, the band promised that a “very worldly” new album would emerge this year.
“There’s a lot of stuff that we’re working on right now that’s very exciting and very new and we’re going places that we’ve never been before – literally and figuratively. But I think album two is going to be very worldly”, vocalist Kiszka told Heavy Mag.
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Back in 1969, Rolling Stone famously trashed Led Zeppelin in the magazine’s review of the British rock band’s debut album.Greta Van are the new Zeppelin? Or just plagiarism…
“In their willingness to waste their considerable talent on unworthy material the Zeppelin has produced an album which is sadly reminiscent of Truth. Like the Beck group they are also perfectly willing to make themselves a two- (or, more accurately, one-a-half) man show,” John Medelsohn wrote. ”
Critical derision, like musical trends, is cyclical. In a now-infamous pan of Led Zeppelin’s debut, Rolling Stone slammed guitarist Jimmy Page as a “very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs.” Decades later, RS named Led Zeppelin the 29th-greatest album of all time.