From The Fires
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Greta Van Fleet are brothers Josh (vocals), Jake (guitar), Sam (bass/keys) Kiszka, & best friend Danny Wagner (drums). With their debut single 'Highway Tune' #1 at Active and Mainstream Rock radio, their first-ever tour of the U.S. completely sold-out, Greta Van Fleet is - in just a few months - as hot a brand-new band as one can be. 'From The Fires' is the band's debut mini-album, which includes the 4 tracks from their previously released EP, 'Black Smoke Rising' along with 4 new tracks.
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The four new songs on this EP - Edge of Darkness, A Change Is Gonna Come, Meet On The Ledge and Talk On The Street - are very strong songs. There is no let down to be found on this EP. What I think separates this band from so many other rock bands is their ability to write riff-based songs. Anybody can hit power chords on a guitar. These guys write riffs that have more substance and rhythm than your typical, power chord-filled rock song. The vocals are outstanding, the bass is very interesting to listen to and the drums are powerhouse and not unlike John Bonham. Of the new tracks, Edge of Darkness is my favorite and Meet On The Ledge is my least favorite (and by least favorite, I mean it's a solid B+ tune). The keyboards on A Change Is Gonna Come provide a fantastic sound and define the song. This album is definitely worth checking out if you're an older fan of 70s rock and, for the younger fans, if you want to know why your parents love Zeppelin, Rush and Aersomith.
It's time to get on board the Greta Van Fleet train. These kids have a very bright future as long as some record company doesn't come along and try to redefine their sound or push them more toward a commercial sound. With all of the sudden attention being paid to them, my fear is that they'll be rushed to put out more product before they've honed their next wave of songs into all they can become. Given the right amount of time, some more time on the road (where improvisation in concert will lead to the basis of new songs) and the proper career guidance that includes a vision of the long term future of the band, there is no limit to what these talented young men can achieve.
If you don't like this, you don't like rock.