Michigan natives, Greta Van Fleet have been nominated for an impressive four Grammys. Their list of nods include the coveted best new artist, best rock album for EP “From The Fires”, best rock performance for the unmistakable “Highway Tune”, and best rock song for “Black Smoke Rising”.
The nominations come on the heels of their explosive debut album, “Anthem Of The Peaceful Army”, and lead the rock music community.
Though only in their late teens and early 20’s, these gentleman posses an unmatched talent that not only meets but exceeds all of the hype that has trailed the band through 2018.
Greta Van Fleet is presently on tour, and will be making three sold out stops at Detroit’s Fox Theatre later this month.
Words and photo by: Tiffany Cuthrell
Michigan native rockers, Greta Van Fleet released an incredible new single, with the full support of the mitten state behind them. The single “When The Curtain Falls” dropped on Tuesday July 17th at midnight via the band’s social media outlets.
With catchy riffs and powerful vocals, the Frankenmuth fellas present a track that does not disappoint, and sticks true to their sound. The band has been making waves with their undeniable throwback presence, selling out shows left and right.
The single is surely a sample of great things to come, as the band is set to release their debut full-length album at some point this summer.
Greta Van Fleet will be performing on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday July 26th.
Be sure to check out their performance, and stay tuned for more great music coming from a band that’s certainly doing rock ‘n roll right.
Review by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo by Travis Shinn
Michigan heroes, Greta Van Fleet put on an absolutely tremendous show at the Fillmore in Detroit on Tuesday May 22nd.
The sold out evening was the first of three shows that the band is playing at the same Motor City venue this week. Shows will continue on Wednesday and Friday, and are likely to be just as packed.
Beginning the night was awesome Los Angeles band, Dorothy.
With a beauty and power that would match her voice, the band’s namesake started off the night lighting what I’m fairly sure was a Palo Santo wood (olfactory sensations being one of the least of the night’s practiced). The audience responded with overwhelming cheers as the set began.
Dorothy Martin made sure to shout out to Detroit rock city, sharing love with the crowd.
Right before “We Need Love”, Dortohy went acapella singing the word “Love”, and encouraged the crowd to echo back her vocals.
“Close enough,” she said with a smile.
The gorgeous lead singer in fact went acapella a few times, showcasing her powerhouse voice. For the set’s duration, she was joined on stage by four fellows on guitar, bass, and drums.
A highlight of the evening was their performance of “Flawless”, where the band backed Dorothy with great harmonies. During the tune, several audience members put their hands up and swayed to the song.
At the end of their set, Dorothy asked the crowd, “Are you ready for Greta Van Fleet?” After a resounding cheer she continued, “This is a song about freedom. We’re all connected. We’ve got to take care of each other. They can’t control us when we come together and realize we’re one big family”.
Dorothy closed out their evening with “Freedom”, and blew a goodbye kiss to the crowd.
After Dorothy wrapped up, the stage reconfiguration began. After a while, the excited crowd started chanting, “Gre-ta, Gre-ta!”
Once setup was complete, the lights dimmed, and the four gentleman from Frankenmuth took to the stage. With old school amps and rockstar attire, Greta Van Fleet looked every bit the part.
Lead singer Josh Kizska, started off the night singing hometown sentiments. He had a handful of beautiful white roses, and handed them out to fans in the audience. Ladies in the front row were positively delighted at the sweet and classy gesture.
Greta Van Fleet wasted no time in getting straight to the rock! They began their set with the massive song, “Highway Tune”. The audience hung on every note, and the trend continued throughout the evening.
All four members exuded well-earned confidence, that paired perfectly with the precise rock they delivered. Josh Kiszka’s ubelievable voice absolutely soared throughout the theater.
GVF attracted a diverse demographic of young new faces, as well as older rockers who apprecaite the music of yesterday. It seemed every audience member was aware of how big this band will be, as they breathe new life into the rock gods of old.
The band effortlessly translated their two EPs from studio to stage.
Greta Van Fleet has been making giant waves in the music world after the release of “Black Smoke Rising” and “From The Fires”.
In a recent Australian interview, the legendary Robert Plant actually described Greta Van Fleet as “Led Zeppelin 1”, joking that Josh Kiszka borrowed his voice from someone he knows quite well.
Any necessary Led Zeppelin comparisson aside, GVF absolutely put a stamp and portrayal to their performance that was all their own.
The band showed off their talents with super chemistry and fluidity onstage. Right off the bat, guitarist Jake Kiszka hung his guitar over his shoulders and impressively played without looking.
After the band’s own “Flower Power”, Sam Kiszka (who traded off bass and keyboard duties throughout the night) shined with an extended keyboard solo at the end.
Around mid set Josh Kiszka noted, “I see a lot of friends, a lot of familiar faces. It’s our family out there tonight, too! We’d like to thank everyone for being here.”
It was obvious that despite their quick rise into the spotlight, Greta Van Fleet was grateful for the attentive audience.
Josh Kiszka at one point asked the crowd, “Do we have any blues lovers out there?” The band started into an incredible Howlin’ Wolf cover of “Evil”.
At the conclusion of their set, the band carried notes from “Safari Song”‘s riff, hinting at things to come, and that the evening wasn’t quite done.
Ending out with “Lover Leaver Taker Believer”, Greta Van Fleet exited the stage… but the crowd was hungry for more. The theater was positively alive with cheers for GVF to re-emerge. That cheer only got louder when, with a wave, the band came back to the stage.
The audience sang and jumped along to “Black Smoke Rising”. Last but not least, GVF closed out the night with giant track, “Safari Song”. During the closing chorus, Josh Kiszka held out his mic for fans to sing along. The band closed out with an incredible drum solo that built into a rhtymic crescendo. After which, each band member wailed on their instruments, and made sure to thank the crowd one more time.
Greta Van Fleet is sure to ignite the continued crowds in Detroit, and all of those throughout the rest of their tour. The band will be continuing to tour North America and overseas well through the summer time.
Words and photos by: Tiffany Cuthrell
Frankenmuth, MI natives, Greta Van Fleet have put an exclamation point onto their music scene explosion with a fantastic new double EP, “From The Fires”. The album houses monster single, “Highway Tune”, in addition to three other tracks from their first EP, “Black Smoke Rising”, plus four new songs.
One of the EP’s highlights is the terrific cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, effortlessly including a song written in the 1960’s into their repertoire.
When discussing lead singer Josh Kiszka’s voice, it’s impossible not to mention Robert Plant, a comparison that is not thrown around lightly.
This is a voice that comes around maybe once every several decades, maybe even once in a lifetime.
Though GVF clearly draw influence from rock giants of old, they’ve been able to develop a sound that is still altogether unique from their lyrics, right down to the arrangements.
“From The Fires” is an album that is altogether easy to keep on repeat.
It’s difficult to imagine a world in which Greta Van Fleet does not become one of the next greatest rock bands of our time.
1. “Safari Song”
2. “Edge Of Darkness”
3. “Flower Power”
4. “A Change Is Gonna Come”
5. “Highway Tune”
6. “Meet On The Ledge”
7. “Talk On The Street”
8. “Black Smoke Rising”
Review by Tiffany Cuthrell, featured photo by Michael Lavine
The four piece band hails from the cozy town of Frankenmuth, with a powerful sound that juxtaposes the farmer feel of mid-Michigan.
Greta Van Fleet’s debut EP, “Black Smoke Rising” was released on April 21st, 2017. Their lead single, “Highway Tune” was also featured on the Showtime smash hit show, “Shameless”.
Their music has been present on local new rock alternative radio station, 89X, and the band will be making an appearance at 101.1 the WRIF‘s RIFF Fest on September 29th.
GVF will be joining headliners at WRIF Fest such as Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, and Halestorm.
The band will also be touring throughout the US and the UK into October.
Check them out at a venue near you!
Full tour dates below:
09/26: The Black Heart – London, UK
09/27: Boston Music Room – London, UK
09/29: WRIF RIFF Fest – Detroit, MI
09/30: WJJO – Sonic Boom Festival – Janesville, WI
10/01: Louder Than Life – Louisville, KY
10/03: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
10/05: Funhouse at Mr. Smalls – Pittsburg, PA
10/06: Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY
10/07: Rock Allegiance – Camden, NJ
10/10: O’Connors Irish Pub – Clarksville, TN
10/11: SideTracks Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
10/12: One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
10/15: 97.1 The Eagle Freakers Ball – Frand Prairie, TX
10/19: The Troudbadour – Los Angeles, CA
10/20: Moroccan Lounge – Los Angeles, CA
10/21: Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA
10/23: Hawthore Theatre – Portland, OR
10/24: Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
10/29: The Troubadour – Los Angeles
10/30: The Troubadour – Los Angeles
11/01: The Realto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
11/30: Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
12/02: Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
12/05: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
12/06: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
12/12: Capone’s – Johnson City, TN
12/14: Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO
12/15: Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
12/16: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
12/18: Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
12/19: Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
Words by: Tiffany Cuthrell, photos courtesy of Ford Fairchild (featured) and Chris M. Junior (live)