Greta Van Fleet, When The Curtain Falls
Inevitably, comparisons will be made to the former of those two bands. And with good reason: Greta Van Fleet take a full-on bath in the vibes of Zep in their early-‘70s growth period, and Josh Kiszka sounds an awful lot like Robert Plant (particularly when saying the word ‘baby’). But to call this a mere tribute is a mistake. What Anthem Of The Peaceful Army does is use that as a starting point, before sending its tendrils off down their own paths. The Cold Wind is a heavy-riffed stomper, built on a bluesy guitar, while halfway through Watching Over, the mellow mood is only increased when a sitar suddenly pops up.
But one unexpected area where the Led Zeppelin similarities hold water, in an entirely positive way, is in the natural, roomy production, and the way in which it presents the songs as an inviting, homely place, drawing you in with the same charm Zep did on their 1971 fourth album that took the listener straight to the fireside of the Welsh cottage in which it was written. The guitars don’t roar, but sound like they’re coming from a small amp on the other side of the room, while the drums on You’re The One pulse and thud like you’re stood next to them. It wraps the entire album in a warm, welcoming blanket that makes it immediately familiar and endearing.
As it jumps off from the high place in which Greta Van Fleet already find themselves, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army is an album that will do the band very well. It’s a record that lives up to the hype preceding it without seeming like it’s trying to, and that shows off this youthful quartet as a truly skilled band, musically wise beyond their years and ready to conquer the world. Here’s hoping.
Words: Nick Ruskell
Greta Van Fleet's album, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army is out now through Virgin EMI/Lava.