At a time where many of us find ourselves asking "what in the world are we listening to?", Greta Van Fleet is a sign of hope for a Rock n' Roll resurgence. In just 5 short years, the 4 piece band has garnered the attention of media outlets, festival organizers and music enthusiasts alike gaining the #1 spot on the Mainstream Rock radio chart for five consecutive weeks with 'Highway Tune' and earning Best New Artist from the Loudwire Music Awards. Their "Flower Power" presence gives us younger generations a taste of what it may have felt like to grow up with some of the Rock greats. Take a listen to their EP, Black Smoke Rising, and learn a few facts about Josh, Sam, Jake and Danny....
1. The name Greta Van Fleet came from an elderly women back in their hometown of Frankenmuth, Michigan. The guys were talking with their previous drummer and he said his Grandpa had to go cut wood for a Gretna Van Fleet. They took out the n, asked Gretna for her blessing and the rest was history! Gretna and her husband came out to a show and stayed for the whole set. How sweet.
2. Three of them are brothers who grew up listening to vinyl. Josh, Jake and Sam say they didn't hear contemporary music until they were in middle school. "We were scratching our heads like, 'What does this offer,'' Josh told Billboard.
3. Greta Van Fleet's logo uses the same font as Stranger Things, ITC Benguiat. Interestingly enough, this font has a strong history in film including Star Trek and the Stephen King novels. Josh has said in previous interviews that he wanted to be a filmmaker and actor, so it's fitting that his current path gives an ode to cinematography.
4. Sam and Danny skipped out on Prom to go on tour with The Struts this past Spring. Truth be told, I would have done the same thing. It's all about priorities when you're chasing a dream, am I right.
5. On Friday, November 10th, Greta Van Fleet will release From The Fires, an eight-song double EP. The track list will include the four songs from Black Smoke Rising EP PLUS four brand new songs that were recorded just last month. Josh says, "All eight of these songs share a theme of basic humanity." Certainly something we all could use a bit of.
** Photos taken at Louder than Life Music Festival by Rebecca Potzner