For two people who feel so at home on the road, Josh and Sam have had to adjust to actually being at home. Josh says they’ve “made the best of a horrible fucking situation” by reading, painting, making music, making videos, doing livestreams, trying on Elvis’ jackets, but it can only go so far. Even piling in an RV and heading to LA is still just pretending to be on tour. Greta Van Fleet need the road.
“We've had to switch gears and read or paint or whatever,” says Sam. “But then of course, there's that that piece of you that's missing, which is live playing live in front of people. And then touring, that's a whole other piece. We've gotten close to that, the feeling [of playing live]. We've done a few stream things, but that’s kind of an artistic statement of playing live and creating the set and the feeling and how it's filmed and everything. And that's great fun. And that's very close to the idea of touring, but you can't replace it.”
“I don't even think we care about what's normal or not,” adds Josh. “I just think we want to be together – the human kind of thing. We just want to just walk back and hang out. People need people, you know.”
Right now, Greta Van Fleet have no choice but to live in hope that what they have booked will happen as it’s supposed to. But in this, there’s something from The Battle At Garden’s Gate that, through all its talk of war and suffering and the knife being held to the throat of the natural world and humans being insignificant bits of space carbon, that shines bright. There is, after all, always a next bit to the story, whether that’s getting through COVID, getting through on-tour exhaustion, or simply having to get up again tomorrow and try to do better.
“I think that overall, the album really encompasses hope,” he says. “It's kind of the overarching archetype of men, I suppose, and I think that's also the archetype of humanity. No matter what happens, we always move forward, and we’ll end up getting through it.
“After all said and done, there's always hope.”
The Battle At Garden's Gate is out on April 16 via Lava / Republic. Pre-order / pre-save your copy now.
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