Greta Van Fleet’s Sam Kiszka Explains How They Avoided Led Zeppelin Comparisons In Their Latest Album
Greta Van Fleet bassist Sam Kiszka opened up about the recent studio album of the band, ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate‘ during an interview with NME, and apparently, the new album represents their evolving identity against the endless comparisons to the legendary band Led Zeppelin.
As many of you know, Greta Van Fleet has been facing endless comparisons to the iconic band Led Zeppelin ever since the band released its debut single, ‘Highway Tune’ mostly because of the undeniable similarity of the lead vocalist Josh Kiszka to the Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant as well as the similar riffs, tune, and sound to the band’s classic tracks.
Nearly three months ago, lead vocalist Josh Kiszka opened up about this matter during an interview and revealed that Led Zeppelin has an obvious influence on Greta Van Fleet, and the similarity comes from the fact that their music style isn’t far from Led Zeppelin, however, their upcoming album back then was going to represent the future sound of their band.
Here is what Josh Kiszka said:
“You don’t want to be stagnant, oh never. And I think we’re at that point actually where we can finally say, yeah, Led Zeppelin’s obviously a big influence for us because we are not making music that sounds really anything remotely like that.
What ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ is the coming of age of the sound of Greta Van Fleet and how Greta Van Fleet relates to the 21st century.”
Now that the band’s second studio album, ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate‘ is released on April 16, 2021, and topped numerous charts such as US Top Rock Albums and US Top Hard Rock Albums, bassist Sam Kiszka revealed if he’s nervous about this album during an interview.
Apparently, the young bassist feels exciting rather than nervous since the new album shows their evolvement which was liberating to every member of the band when it comes to their creativity. In addition to this, Kiszka stated that ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ represents the ultimate Greta Van Fleet and doesn’t give a reason to anybody to compare it to Led Zeppelin this time.
Here is what Sam Kiszka said:
“Not even a little bit, no. I think that’s just because we felt like we were evolving, and we felt we were getting kind of too far in our own direction to have other people steering our ship for us.
So I think it was really liberating, and it felt like a free album – we can really do whatever we want, we are free, we possess the ability to create whatever we want in this space. And I think we knew exactly what we were going to do. We were going to make an album that’s big.
You can’t really say anything about ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ that, you know, would draw negative comparisons to Led Zeppelin. I think it’s 110% Greta Van Fleet, and I think this is kind of in a lot of ways our coming-of-age record.”
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