Sam Kiszka On Distancing Greta Van Fleet’s Sound From Led Zeppelin

It doesn’t seem like the comparisons between Greta Van Fleet and Led Zeppelin will end anytime soon. However, Sam Kiszka believes they have managed to distance themselves from the Zeppelin sound with their latest album without even seeing this as an objective. Speaking to The SDR Show, Kiszka revealed how they managed to do that.

Ever since they came out with their ‘Highway Tunes,’ Greta Van Fleet has been compared to Led Zeppelin. Many believe Josh Kiszka’s vocals resemble Robert Plant’s, and the band doesn’t deny the similarities. However, in time, these comparisons ended up being used as an insult and an annoying thing they heard all the time.

During the interview, the host Ralph Sutton said that he sent Greta Van Fleet’s ‘Highway Tune’ to his friends, and they thought it was a Led Zeppelin song. However, Sutton argued that their last album, ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate,’ had a different vibe, as if they tried to separate themselves from the Zeppelin comparisons and explore new sounds.

“Yeah, ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’ was a pretty organic evolution of what we were doing,” responded Sam Kiszka when asked about the change in their sound. “I don’t think we ever sat down and said, ‘Here are our set of objectives,’ musically speaking. It was just bridging into new territory naturally. I think that some of the homage to the ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army’ being a part of ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’ was simply because it was something we had previously done.”

Sutton then questioned why these comparisons are being perceived negatively since Zeppelin is one of the best rock bands of all time. “The only irritating thing about it was the irony of ‘Oh, they sound like Led Zeppelin,’” exclaimed Josh Kiszka. “And they would say it with such scorn. You would see it all over the Internet, and you could just read it and say, ‘Man, that person was very angry when they said that.’ It’s weird!”

So, Sam Kiszka argued that their ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’ was the product of an organic evolution of their sound rather than a planned attempt to distance themselves from the Led Zeppelin comparisons. According to the Kiszka brothers, they just wanted to enter a new territory with this album, and it’s surprising to see that being compared to Zeppelin turned into something bad for them.