Fast rising US rockers, Greta Van Fleet will be playing a slot on the Zippo Encore stage at this year’s Download. Barely out of their teens, this will be the band’s first appearance at the legendary rock festival at Castle Donington. They have also now completely sold out their first UK headline tour, with the venues already having had to be upgraded to cope with demand. Later in the year the boys will also be playing both weekends of the prestigious Coachella Festival in California.
Having already made waves in the US with two massive rock radio hits in “Highway Tune” and “Safari Song” both hitting no.1 in the mainstream rock charts, the band had their first appearance on UK soil with two sold out London Shows (Camden’s Black Heart and the Tufnell Park Dome) in September 2017.
“There’s a lot of buzz around these US retro rockers and you can why listening to their debut EP” – Daily Star
“There’s no doubting the fire-starting brilliance of Greta Van Fleet’s breakout hit ‘Highway Tune’” – Kerrang!
“Greta Van Fleet look, act and sound like they were grown in the lab of some classic rock loving mad scientist” – Rolling Stone
Last year the band also released the eight-track ‘From The Fires’ which combines four new tracks recorded in September at Rust Belt Studios in Detroit - two GVF original songs, “Talk on the Street” and “Edge of Darkness,” and two covers, Sam Cooke’s emotional “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “Meet On The Ledge" by the late 60’s folk rock band Fairport Convention - with the four songs from the band’s debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, released earlier this year. ‘From The Fires’ was produced by the same duo that helmed Black Smoke Rising, Al Sutton and Marlon Young. As Greta Van Fleet vocalist Josh Kiszka said, “These eight songs belong together as they share a theme of basic humanity.”
The four new recordings shine a light on some of the band members’ earliest musical influences, the blues, soul and funk of artists like Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, Sam & Dave, Howlin’ Wolf and Wilson Pickett.
According to Josh, "Edge of Darkness” is about "the bravery behind the compassion that we feel for each other. One of the lyrics is ‘I’ve got love in my heart,’ and I think, as a global community, it’s a spiritual thing to share all that we have together. Giving love is giving power."
Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” is one that has special meaning for the band. When Josh and twin brother/guitarist Jake first heard it, they thought it was a song they’d like to cover, but never did. Fast forward a few years and ironically, co-producer Marlon Young suggested they cover it for this release. “All of us are very affected by oppression of any type,” said Josh, “cultural, racial, sexual. I’ve never experienced what Sam Cooke did so I have to admit, it was a little difficult for me, getting behind the mic, but I did it because singing this song meant a lot to me.”
Josh has always connected with folk songs, with their beautiful melodies and harmonies and is a big fan of late ‘60s folk-rock groups like Spyro Gyra, Pentangle and Fairport Convention. “Meet On The Ledge” was composed by Fairport Convention’s Richard Thompson. "I was on a train going to New York,” he recalls, "and on the way, I listened to an entire decade of Fairport Convention’s music. ‘Meet On The Ledge’ was the fourth or fifth track I heard and it caught me by surprise. I was absolutely entranced, the verse and chorus blew my mind.”
About "Talk On The Street,” Josh describes it as "a fun song, full of catchy riffs and dynamic drums, kind of an ambiguous wild ride, a real rock’n’roll song.”
UK Tour Dates 2018
Manchester –Academy 3 – 30.03.2018 – SOLD OUT
Birmingham – O2 Institute 2 – 31.03.2018 – SOLD OUT
Glasgow – Saint Lukes – 01.04.2018 – SOLD OUT
London – O2 Academy Islington – 04.04.2018 & 05.04.2018 – SOLD OUT
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‘From The Fires’
Edge of Darkness
A Change Is Gonna Come
Meet On The Ledge
Talk On the Street
Black Smoke Rising
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