Greta Van Fleet Release New Song And Announce New Album
Greta Van Fleet have announced that their second album is done, dusted, and out in spring – April 16 to be exact. Having moved from Michigan to Nashville, the quartet spent much of 2020 with Foo Fighters/Paul McCartney producer Greg Kurstin, hammering out the grooves that would make the follow-up to 2018’s excellent Anthem Of The Peaceful Army, and having already released the first fruits of this labour, My Way, Soon, back in October, the cat’s well and truly out of the bag with new song, Age Of Machine.
After Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’s release two years ago, Greta Van Fleet exploded. It took the band to every corner of the globe, playing to over a million people, won them high praise from the likes of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, and saw them scoop a GRAMMY Award. For the young band the new reality was a steep learning curve, something that’s reflected in the lyrics after they returned home and found time to decompress for a minute.
“There was a lot of self-evolution happening during the writing of this album that was prompted by experiences I had, experiences we all had, so a lot of contemplation occurred,” says frontman Josh Kiszka.
“We realised that whilst growing up, we had been shielded by many things and we were unaware of a lot of things,” adds drummer Danny Wagner. “And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first. But as we started to travel a lot, meet new and different people and experience different cultures, our definition of ‘normal’ changed.”
But for those worried that this change stretches to the band’s trademark warm, ‘70s sound – don’t worry. They may have grown, but their roots remain very much intact.
“I suppose that everything has changed except what got us here in the first place,” explains bassist Sam Kiszka. “Everything – our perception of the world, perception of life itself, what it means to be an artist, what it means to be part of a beautiful, gorgeous society. We’ve gained a larger understanding of why we’re all here.”
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