Greta Van Fleet

Started by TempusVox, September 21, 2017, 08:02:38 PM

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TempusVox

I may be late to the party, but...What. The. Fuck?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aJg4OJxp-co

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zXdM1rqSlSQ

These kids are like 18-19 years old.

SystematicThought

Thank God, someone else loves these guys too. I made a thread about them back in May and I think the only comment was about Greta Van Sustren.

These guys are talented. The Led Zeppelin comparisons are inevitable and even they have tried to shy away from it, but these guys have a bright future. Catchy riffs and great vocals make for some great listening. Highway Tune is my favorite track from them

TempusVox

Agreed. The Zep comparison is so strong it's almost gimmicky. Almost. But it's not. It's familiar and fresh. And I read something earlier where they said LZ is only a small influence compared to so much other early blues influences. But they're very good, and will be swimming in pussy for a long time I'm sure.

Anguyen92

I've been hearing a lot of Highway Tune on a radio station I listen to often.  The Led Zeppelin-like sound in that is very evident, but in this day and age, it's quite refreshing and probably more refreshing now to have that sort of sound than say 1979 or something like that.

nobloodyname

Someone posted about these guys several months ago over at MP.com. Couldn't believe what I was hearing. Astonishingly good debut. And yes, one of those opening screams (I don't recall which song off the top of my head) could quite easily have been Robert Plant from years gone by.

We were gutted to be in the US on holiday a couple of weeks ago when they played a date over here.

Anguyen92

Quote from: nobloodyname on September 21, 2017, 10:00:45 PM
Someone posted about these guys several months ago over at MP.com. Couldn't believe what I was hearing. Astonishingly good debut. And yes, one of those opening screams (I don't recall which song off the top of my head) could quite easily have been Robert Plant from years gone by.

We were gutted to be in the US on holiday a couple of weeks ago when they played a date over here.

My first impression of them was, "Did someone find the tapes of a band that Robert Plant was in that nobody knew and release a single for the public to hear?"

The Walrus

When is their full length debut coming out? The 4 songs on Spotify are good but I need me a full album, these guys rule. I'm in the club that found them thanks to that MPForum thread. Even my coworkers like these guys and they never like music I find :)

mikeyd23

Quote from: TempusVox on September 21, 2017, 08:43:31 PM
Agreed. The Zep comparison is so strong it's almost gimmicky. Almost. But it's not. It's familiar and fresh. And I read something earlier where they said LZ is only a small influence compared to so much other early blues influences. But they're very good, and will be swimming in pussy for a long time I'm sure.

I really like these guys, but the bolded is a concern for me, they are really toeing the line of a Zep gimmick for me. I look forward to them releasing more music that maybe stretches out from the Zep sound a bit.

jingle.boy

Had a buddy put me on to these guys last month, and I've heard them on heavy rotation on the 'hard-rock' radio station around here.  Very nice EP for sure.  Am looking forward to a full-on follow up.
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The Walrus

Quote from: jingle.boy on September 22, 2017, 08:31:56 AM
Had a buddy put me on to these guys last month, and I've heard them on heavy rotation on the 'hard-rock' radio station around here.  Very nice EP for sure.  Am looking forward to a full-on follow up.

Wikipedia tells me they're planning to release 2 more EPs which will make up a whole album's worth of music. I hope they just release a full length instead (unless they're planning to combine all the EPs into one album?). These guys could headline with just that, they're that good. Crazy that they just graduated high school. I feel old...

cramx3

I've seen this band name pop up here and there, and just today a local concert venue announced they are playing in May.  I had no idea what to expect but listened to one song on youtube and immediately thought LZ  (like others) but that doesn't stop my enjoyment, some pretty cool tunes.  I might have to check them out further and even go to the show.

WDADU

These kids are talented as hell. Yeah, they have a huge Zeppelin sound now, but once they grow into their own, they're gonna be really great, I think. Looking forward to hearing more from them.

SystematicThought


cramx3

Saw them yesterday and they may have had the biggest crowd and best performance of the show from the 9 bands at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas.  Thought they sounded tight and the singer's voice was just so powerful.  Now I get what everyone is talking about with this band.

Greta Van Fleet - Edge of Darkness LIVE @ KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2018 LA Forum 12/8/18

TAC


Samsara

I like Greta Van Fleet. My wife bought the EP that came before this latest record (which we haven't got yet -- gonna have to fix that). They certainly have channeled Zeppelin, but I really enjoy the energy.

The Letter M

https://metalheadzone.com/prog-rock-legend-slams-greta-van-fleet-for-being-led-zeppelin-imitation/

Saw this pop up in my mobile Chrome suggestions and figured I'd see what this band is about. I've seen their name but never gave them any mind, especially since their logo was very derivative (cuz everyone is using that Stephen King book font), but after reading this snippet from Steven Wilson and watching the video at the bottom of the article, I'm a bit curious about this band.

It's been awhile since a new classic rock-inspired hard rock band has hit the scene with such a sound, and they have already won a Grammy for their 2nd EP. Has anyone listened to their debut album that came out last October? What are your thoughts? I haven't given new bands much of a chance in recent years, but these guys seem worth checking out...

-Marc.

Phoenix87x

I love the song Age of Man

cramx3

Quote from: Phoenix87x on March 10, 2019, 08:27:09 AM
I love the song Age of Man

When I got the album, I thought this was my least favorite song and poor way to start the album, I've since come around on it, but still find it near the bottom of my song rankings.  But that's just because this is a very strong rock album IMO.  Yes, it sounds like bands before them, but it's very good music.  I love the 2nd song, The Cold Wind, I feel like that should have started the album.  I defintiely get a "Good Times Bad Times" vibe from this song, but it's rockin and has a nice short but sweet instrumental break.

One thing I disagree with SW is that they have the image.  They do not.  They look ridiculous.  I think their music is so strong it overcomes how ridiculous these kids look.  I can't say I care too much about his opinions otherwise, SW kind of comes off as a grumpy dude so him being negative to a much younger successful band that does something that SW himself likely loved as a kid is going to breed some negativity.  He's not totally wrong either.  I enjoy GVF's music, but you can't ignore their similarity to LZ.  We will see what the next 10 years brings.  Part of me thinks he might be right, they wont be around, but I think it'll be because of the pressure and negativity surrounding them because some people can't just grasp the idea of a rock band that doesn't play what they like is having success.  These guys got famous real quick and I could bet it gets to them and they break down sometime.  They just cancelled their euro tour cause of the singer's throat illness.  I could see the pressure push them further and they not only get physical breakdowns but mental as well.  I hope not, I'd love to see them grow into more of their own sound and allow their musicianship to shine without the comparisons.  We will see.

I am trying to see them in Queens in May, all of their concerts are sold out and the local one which is GA has tickets around the $200 mark on 2nd markets which is just absurd whereas the Queens show is much cheaper second hand and has seats so I can guarantee myself a view.

MrBoom_shack-a-lack

Quote from: The Letter M on March 10, 2019, 08:26:13 AM
https://metalheadzone.com/prog-rock-legend-slams-greta-van-fleet-for-being-led-zeppelin-imitation/

Saw this pop up in my mobile Chrome suggestions and figured I'd see what this band is about. I've seen their name but never gave them any mind, especially since their logo was very derivative (cuz everyone is using that Stephen King book font), but after reading this snippet from Steven Wilson and watching the video at the bottom of the article, I'm a bit curious about this band.

It's been awhile since a new classic rock-inspired hard rock band has hit the scene with such a sound, and they have already won a Grammy for their 2nd EP. Has anyone listened to their debut album that came out last October? What are your thoughts? I haven't given new bands much of a chance in recent years, but these guys seem worth checking out...

-Marc.
That was quite the slam by Wilson.  :lol I tried to listen to them but my interest faded pretty quickly.

The Walrus

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I like Steven Wilson and all but boy can he be one grumpy pretentious fuck. Kindly get the stick out of your backside, sir; sorry these guys who are 30+ years younger than you are enjoying some mainstream success with their natural gift. No, seriously, some of those comments he made have caused me to lose a little respect for him. For someone who seems to understand the creative process, the value of music, etc. so much, it is ridiculous to me that he is slamming these kids as a "boy band", a "piss poor imitation," "maybe one day they'll make a good record" etc. He even alludes to his jealousy right at the end talking about how he didn't have what they have.

Sorry to tell you Steve but you didn't write a good album until your 7th Porcupine Tree release. Your early records are like a terrible Pink Floyd imitation. And look at how you grew.

As for the album itself, it rocks. The band's great. I hope I get to see them live.

TAC

Fuck Steven Wilson. Seriously.

Adami

Not a fan. I can see they are talented, and maybe even good potential, but right now they sound like the past. If I want to hear a band that sounds like it's from the 70's, I'll listen to a band from the 70's. Back then, that sound was the result of people pushing music forward. Right now it's a result of people looking backwards. Not a huge fan of that, especially when their entire sound is built around it.

Glad everyone else likes them. Not my thing.
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NoseofNicko

Quote from: Adami on March 10, 2019, 10:03:40 AM
Not a fan. I can see they are talented, and maybe even good potential, but right now they sound like the past. If I want to hear a band that sounds like it's from the 70's, I'll listen to a band from the 70's. Back then, that sound was the result of people pushing music forward. Right now it's a result of people looking backwards. Not a huge fan of that, especially when their entire sound is built around it.

Glad everyone else likes them. Not my thing.

I'm with you.

Shadow Ninja 2.0

Pretentious and grumpy are both fair terms to apply to Steven, but I don't really feel like he's that far off base here.

Adami

It's also possible to disagree with him and not be so hateful and vitriol.
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The Walrus

No, what he said was stupid and arrogant and reeks of someone who is envious of a young act getting mainstream success. The guy is one of the biggest names in an entire genre of music and he's criticizing talented kids fresh out of high school who are getting some of the spotlight because they aren't doing what he thinks they should be doing and he acts like it's somehow bad for music. Really leaves a bad taste in my mouth reading those comments when I respect him for what he does.

Adami

Yes. And it's possibke to disagree with him and not be so hateful and vitriol.
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The Walrus

I don't think what I said was hateful at all, sorry if you took it that way.

Adami

Quote from: Kattelox on March 10, 2019, 11:48:12 AM
I don't think what I said was hateful at all, sorry if you took it that way.

I thought the "no" in your post was in response to me. My bad.
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The Letter M

Quote from: Kattelox on March 10, 2019, 11:48:12 AM
I don't think what I said was hateful at all, sorry if you took it that way.

I don't think anyone has been vitriolic in any way, especially considering that SW does seem a bit hypocritical here since his early career is full of music where he wore his influences on his sleeves.

-Marc.

Adami

Quote from: The Letter M on March 10, 2019, 11:56:37 AM
Quote from: Kattelox on March 10, 2019, 11:48:12 AM
I don't think what I said was hateful at all, sorry if you took it that way.

I don't think anyone has been vitriolic in any way, especially considering that SW does seem a bit hypocritical here since his early career is full of music where he wore his influences on his sleeves.

-Marc.

Quote from: TAC on March 10, 2019, 09:45:00 AM
Fuck Steven Wilson. Seriously.
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Anguyen92

Quote from: Kattelox on March 10, 2019, 11:42:11 AM
No, what he said was stupid and arrogant and reeks of someone who is envious of a young act getting mainstream success. The guy is one of the biggest names in an entire genre of music and he's criticizing talented kids fresh out of high school who are getting some of the spotlight because they aren't doing what he thinks they should be doing and he acts like it's somehow bad for music. Really leaves a bad taste in my mouth reading those comments when I respect him for what he does.

I wouldn't go far as to say that what Greta Van Fleet is doing is bad for music, but I feel like it sure as hell isn't doing anything to push music forward.  I see them as a band that brings a refreshing sound to be nostalgic about rather than move rock forward to a bold, new, exciting direction.  I mean was Steven Wilson's tone in his comments was a bit more crass than it should be?  Probably, and I wouldn't want to describe them as a boy band version of Led Zeppelin that Steven Wilson did, but I wouldn't exactly think anything he is saying is all wrong.  Would they still be around 10 years later with what the success they have right now and the sound they have right now?  That's a big "we'll see" to look out for.

Zantera

Gotta give SW props for saying it like it is. This band being popular is great proof you don't need to be good or original to have success.

The Walrus

Okay, I get it, but humor me: why should originality have ANYTHING to do with success? Success is determined entirely by the perception of the audience, and it seems like they're doing fine in that regard. If people enjoy it, who really cares if it's "original"? Almost everything has already been done before. It is incredibly, exceedingly difficult to make music that is actually new and pushes things forward. I see a lot of hate for Greta Van Fleet on my social media from people who listen to 300 new metal bands a year that do absolutely nothing new.