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Greta Van Fleet release “Heat Above”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:27 AM (PST)

Classic rock enthusiasts by way of modern methodology, Greta Van Fleet have returned with a new single today. The warm, colorful and hopeful sounding “Heat Above” sounds like all the different Hobbit families in the Shire are getting along and walking towards a sunrise for a picnic (not even kidding). It is a mood lifter and full of imagination and, as often is the case with the band’s material, a feeling of movement.

New album The Battle At Garden’s Gate will be out 4/16 via Lava/Republic, produced by Greg Kurstin (Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Adele).

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Cover art for GVF’s single, “My Way, Soon”

As we inch deeper into spooky season a lot of great bands are getting around to releasing stuff before the impending end of the year (and potential civil war). It has been a dread filled existential crisis of a year for likely everyone and so it is some solace to see the creative juices flow from some of our guiding lights. It sure is a hell of a lot better to hear good music than be awash in internet propaganda from QAnon folks who have rebranded Nazi Cult themes to suit their disgusting, fact-eroding purposes. I am sorry if this bullshit has infected the logic of any of your loved ones. It is really horrific and sad that these dipshits have any traction and cloud real anti-trafficking efforts with disinfo as well.

Anyway, from Eddie Van Halen passing to Trump skipping around the White House giving out Covid like Halloween candy to imbecile Rand Paul suggesting the fly that landed on Pence is part of the ‘deep state’,  I could really use some fucking rock n roll! How about you?

First up, GRETA VAN FLEET return! I for one LOVE this band. They are back with a light bearing, groove heavy, rambling rocker “My Way, Soon”. I was worried they were breaking up after a few hazy social media posts recently but I guess the hiatus has thankfully passed.

Y’all need to get lives and stop shitting on these dudes so hard for wearing their Zep influences. This song reminds me a bit of “Over The Hills And Far Away” in a good way, a song made for joy, introspection and travel without slipping into Journey “Faithfully” levels of cheese. The melodies are infectious and lift your spirits while the band sound more comfortable than ever. Probably my favorite song from them since the likewise ear worm filled “When The Curtain Falls.”

Let’s get frank here. How many bands sound like Ramones , Misfits or hell, even Green Day? About a zillion. Or wanna be Depeche Mode bands or Interpol biting Joy Division? Or ultimate problematic losers Foxygen doing DARVO on Globelamp as well as trying to rip off Stones and ELO terribly. Greta are really nice guys doing what they love and actually play instruments for fucks sake and fans love it so stay pressed. It’s 2020- try to enjoy life.

“This song was inspired by what three years of touring did by opening so many doorways.  This is my truth, how I feel about all of our travels, but I know it echoes the experiences and changes of perspectives for Jake, Sam, and Danny as well,” says Josh.

As Danny explains, “The definition of ’normal’ has very much broadened over the past couple of years, and it has affected us as musicians, especially in the writing and recording of this new album.  We realized that while growing up, we had been shielded by a lot of things, we were unaware of a lot of things.  And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first.”

Photo by Jim Louvau

Killer Be Killed, the actual super group (that term gets tossed out much 2 casually often), are back as well! Max, Ben, Greg and Troy are all part of some of the most iconic bands in modern underground history and this collaboration has always seemed too “pinch me” good to be true, but it’s indeed actually real! The band’s excellently named Reluctant Hero sophomore album is due in November.

The track debuted yesterday via Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal hosted by Jose Mangin. The video, which was shot in Arizona last month, was directed by Jim Louvau and Tony Aguilera. All we can say is, “Fuck yeah, dudes!”

I am loving the whole rollercoaster of a heavy mind bending tune but Troy especially is commanding in his patented rough edged melodic style vocals.

Troy said of the song: “Dissecting the idea of uncertainty and how you pull from that to find your way. ‘Dream Gone Bad’ was initially spearheaded by Max and I, and as I listen back, through the collaborative process this creation’s final form has now become a dream-come-true.”

Prepare to have your mind exploded, fam. Let’s goooooooo.

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Greta Van Fleet‘s anticipated debut opens with a number that reminds me of Jethro Tull meets Muse, a dramatic blend of classixc rock and proggy influences before the more patented blues rock side of the band’s sound carries “Age of Man” forward. While the record could have charged forth with reckless abandon it makes sense in a way that the group, often compared to Led Zep, wanted to drop you notice that you are in for the long haul and this is an album lovers album. The mid paced majestic march of the song is very well done and shows the band’s hype is now bearing more tangible long term fruit. Still, for all the albums merits I can’t help but wonder how a new band doing more of an original sound would fare if they had the same financial support and marketing push as these guys.

Anthem Of The Peaceful Army indeed has a GREAT mix and the group manage to capture their soulful and youthful energy to a terrific degree. It sounds amazing even on my shitty cheap computer speakers, like you are hearing something IMPORTANT. Everyone did a great job and fans of the band are going to be thrilled. It sucks that a friend of mine wasn’t able to see them recently because bots purchased all the tickets in seconds and marked them up for Stub Hub, but the potential of having a live experience is different than what we are talking about today…the album itself. The Plant and Page mimicry finally comes on thick in second track “The Cold Wind” and if you are gonna hang with this band you are just gonna have to decide if you can deal with it or not. Cuz yeah, they don’t only capture youthful energy but tend to try to “clone the dinosaurs”, so to speak. And I love Zep and dinosaurs, so that is not meant as an insult. Even the Zep guys would admit they are aging rock royalty (and we love them, of course). That said, they made a video for my least favorite song “When The Curtain Falls”. Just felt too distracting even for my open mind on that one, though I still am torn because God knows how many bands copied, say, Green Day or The RAMONES.

Like new Alice In Chains, for some people it seems a little too much like trying to recreate something classic, but for many others (in GVF and new AIC cases) it is thrilling. The difference is that some of the real Alice are still IN Alice and I am afraid that makes a big fucking difference. I am not so crazy about direct “Ooh yeah” Plant style vocal lifts, but the rest of the time it doesn’t bother me sooo much that the GVF band are obviously doing an homage to their influences rather than pretending they personally invented the wheel themselves, but other times I change my mind and get distracted and cringe here and there. I still know an even split between “wow, rad” reactions and “fuck this sacrilege shit” responses (much like the DIO hologram) when people discover GVF amongst my peer group. Well, there are more harmful things in life, like the big rap releases of this week Wayne and Con-Perrier-Ye both having XXXTentacion post death cameos like it is no big deal he gay bashed a guy and brutalized a woman with nary any real convincing show of tangible remorse (despite what “he was gonna change” apologists keep saying and despite death still being tragic). At least these guys seem to be real chill dudes and I loved interviewing them awhile ago and wish them the best. I am certain they will get better and better.

Anyway, back to GVF…”Watching Over” is a cool, crawling song that mentions “water rising” (heard that somewhere before, haha), but again it is somehow intriguing rather than so derivative you feel like they are pouring it on too thick. I mean, the songs are just so damn good that it feels like either a young Zep somehow started with ZOSO or that somewhere in rock history we overlooked some classic rock gems and then the vocals were remixed with a little modern polish. “Mountain of the Sun” is a little more Houses Of The Holy, twangy guitar and summery vocals aiming to kiss the sun. All in all the band remain very much a topic of conversation and semi-controversy. You can’t deny their talent and songwriting, but it would be nice on the next one to see them move a bit more into their own territory rather than reshaping the clay of the past.

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L-R: Sam Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Danny Wagner, Jake Kiszka

A lot of bands can be like a family, functional or dysfunctional. The fans become extended family tree members through involvement and the branches grow. In the case of Michigan exports Greta Van Fleet, three members of the band are brothers! Talk about learning to share!

We recently interviewed hard rockers Paralandra who have a father / daughter team in the band and they manage to get along. I can’t imagine it is always easy for brothers, but the band certainly have a unified sense of energy to their classic rock influenced ear burners. Hey, it works for my cousins in Texas band Hawk Vs. Dove. People have been raving about GVF’s Black Smoke Rising, with comparisons to Led Zep and The Black Crowes coming to mind. That said, the guys are also set on making their own mark while drawing from the well of soul, rock and blues stomp of lore and yore.

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