Amid repeated comparisons to Led Zeppelin, Greta Van Fleet have announced their plans to turn their sound in a new direction.
The incessant comparisons to Led Zeppelin have dominated interviews, perfections and album reviews. In a particularly harsh take on their album, a review in Pitchfork said: “The poor kids from Frankenmuth, Michigan, don’t even realise they’re more of an algorithmic fever dream than an actual rock band,” in reference to their similarities to Zeppelin. The growing debate led to Robert Plant himself joking that Josh Kiszka’s voice reminds him of “someone I know very well,” before adding: “They are Led Zeppelin I.”
Greta Van Fleet lead singer Kiszka tried to accept Plant’s comments as praise, responding by simply saying: “That’s lovely,” in regards to the compliment. “You can’t put that more Robert Plant than that,” he added. While the comparisons are there, the band themselves have admitted to Zeppelin being a huge influence them while growing up, guitarist Jake Kiszka once saying he “went through a year of really intensely studying what [Jimmy] Page.”
Despite the relentless conversation, L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns recently defended the band, saying that: “I think, first of all, the singer sounds more like Geddy Lee than Robert Plant,” and explaining that they are merely influenced by Zeppelin rather than ripping them off.
Now, as the band prepare to release new material, guitarist Jake Kiszka has explained that: “We’re working on something quite different,” in a new interview with NME. “It’s interesting, because we never know exactly what an album is going to look like — it can only be so premeditated. But as it sort of unfolds now, it’s an example of where we are musically right now. It’s definitely much different than Anthem of the Peaceful Army would have been,” he continued.
Sam Kiszka, bassist of the band, also added: “I think it’s really the next step in the evolution of what we want to do… I think as far as the intent goes, it’s just incorporating more sounds, more tones, more styles of music, perhaps, and taking a step in the cinematic direction.”