Often compared to Led Zeppelin, Greta Van Fleet admits she’s not overly bothered by the reference that’s clung to her a bit since her debut. The American quartet feels that this name is slowly fading.
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At the end of the line, bassist Sam Kiszka puts things into perspective when asked if he’s not a little tired of the comparison so closely associated with the songs HighwayTune and safari songwho made her famous in 2017.
“You hardly hear that anymore. The average music lover who hears us on the radio is often the one making this comparison. There are definitely elements in our music, but we don’t do Led Zeppelin. We do our thing and what we want to do,” started the youngest of the Kiszka brothers, who make up three quarters of Greta Van Fleet.
On the road for almost a year, with presences in South America, Europe and the United States, the formation comes to Quebec from Frankenmuth, Michigan with visits to the Videotron Center on Tuesday nights and the Bell Center on Thursdays.
A series of concerts following the release of their new work The Battle of the Garden Gate started last April.
“Things are going well. We’re having a good time and we’re playing places we haven’t been to in a long time. The audience is loud and excited,” he said hours before his performance at Buffalo Bills Stadium as the opening act for Metallica.
The 2017-born quartet of Sam Kiszka, his brothers Josh (vocals) and Jake (guitar) and 2017-born drummer Danny Wagner are developing at their own pace.
“We never wanted to rush anything. When we started we could have performed in bigger places but we want to build our business slowly. This approach pays off. The fans are growing and we like the way things are going,” said the Kiszka clan cadet.
Greta Van Fleet began recording new songs.
“We feel like our music is evolving. We’re making progress,” he said.
Sam Kiszka is proud of the band’s third album. An album where they dared.
“We were finally able to create the musical landscapes we wanted and weren’t brave enough to do. What was possible with director Greg Kurstin and sound engineer Alex Pasco. Our music finally has the cinematic aspect we wanted,” explains Sam Kiszka.
The bassist fondly remembers their presence as the opening act for the Foo Fighters on July 9, 2018 at the Plains of Abraham.
“Someone showed up on our tour bus after our performance and it was Dave Grohl with a bottle of Jägermeister. He has served us shots. We were talking about movies and music and suddenly he said I have to go. Thirty seconds later, the Foo Fighters started their show on stage,” said Sam Kiszka.