Jake Kiszka Says Greta Van Fleet Preferred Americana Over Rock And Roll

Greta Van Fleet’s Jake Kiszka recently confessed that he and his bandmates were not initially rock music fans when they formed the band. In an interview with Guitar, he discussed his early experiences with playing the guitar, the bands that influenced his musical style, and the music he enjoyed listening to while growing up.

Kiszka claimed that their musical education was not only limited to rock but rather diverse, giving the band a deeper understanding of classic rock. He said:

“A lot of people think we were listening to a lot of rock ‘n’ roll growing up, when in fact, we weren’t really. We got into rock ‘n’ roll, the golden age stuff, around high school. But when we were growing up, it was blues and jazz, roots music, classical and folk music, Americana music… Peruvian music!”

The guitarist revealed the band’s initial reaction when they first got into rock ‘n’ roll music:

“And I almost think that it was done intentionally because our parents had a massive vinyl collection, and a lot of the stuff that we were listening to was really the beginning of where other things had evolved from – where rock ‘n’ roll comes from. And so later, when we discovered rock ‘n’ roll, it blew our heads off because it was like, ‘Woah, what is this?!’ It was a personification of all these roots genres we’d listened to.”

He then named the bands that helped him shape his sound with guitar:

“And, of course, the guitar itself is a foundational aspect of that type of music, so I was drawn to it immediately because I’m a guitar player. It was bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Cream, The Rolling Stones… just this flood of British bands who were at the forefront of guitar playing in this era. And so that was when I was like, ‘Hmm, this is interesting – maybe I can put something together that toys with those similar elements.'”

While some people named the band ‘the new Led Zeppelin’ for their looks and music, the band denied these claims. They lately shared their third album, Starcatcher, and according to some critics it also resembles Led Zeppelin. Check out the new album below and decide for yourself.