Greta Van Fleet: Resurgence or Genius?

As the original rock-gods die off, or simply get too old to tour, younger generations are left with little-to-no exposure of live rock N’ roll music.

As a 19 Yr old, I’m am waiting for older generations to see that this band is not for their own pleasure. Most stabbing critics of the Frankenmuth, Michigan – based, band, consisting of three brothers and a friend, are over 40.

But the band began in 2012, when vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka and drummer Danny Wagner, were in their early teens (and are now just 21, 21, 19,and 18 yrs old, respectively).

So why does the older generation feel as though they are getting robbed of something cherry picked from their youth? a.k.a Led Zeppelin. Of course the band’s vocalist, Josh, is going to sound like Robert Plant to you, when you grew up listening to Led Zeppelin. However, underneath the side-by-side’s is a unapologetically, beautiful voice, that will transcend time.

Go to 1:59 for Plant’s first public word on the band:

Plant claims that Josh “borrowed his voice.” Sure, they sound about the same, but it’s still Josh, and both of them have obviously been influenced by others, lived very different lives, and so on.

It seems to me that Plant is just bitter about seeing someone do what he would do forever, if he could. A real ode to the music, the dream really never wears away with age.

Perhaps the answer is Simon Reynolds’s Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past, since according to sources like The Guardian, which reviewed the book, “the Victorian revival of Gothic, say – have arisen, sometimes very productively, throughout history.” In simple terms, the past is not the past, is not the past, and blah blah blah. To say that Zeppelin didn’t take from the past, would be a fresh take.

It’s bittersweet nostalgia for middle aged- upper aged people, but for millennials and under, this is the breath of fresh air. So kids have listened to their parents record/cd collection, but it’s not quite the same as seeing the music, live and hot off the press. Moving in the right way. Alive and well. The market is calling for Greta Van Fleet, and they, and the rest of Republic Records, are responding.

The band has also only come out with one EP, so there is no telling of where they will land, musically. Instead of judging the sound of this one EP, how about looking at their musicianship and how they honor rock N’ roll.

Despite the criticisms, many are able to see past the resemblance and surrender to their desire to see a real rock concert. The appeal of the band will continue to pull fans, both old and young, to shows, and may that feeling be recycled through time.

That being said, if you know of anyone with an extra ticket to the band’s sold out show at Starland Ballroom in NJ, let me know. Asking for a friend.


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