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It's been almost 40 years since rock band Led Zeppelin broke up in 1980, but many classic rock fans still feel the void. The distinctive howl of singer Robert Plant has inspired many bands over the decades, from Billy Squier to The White Stripes, but as unconvincing as a young band from Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Greta Van Fleet has a blunt sound that takes you straight to the 70s. The band is a family affair, with the twin brothers of 22 years, Josh (vocals) and Jake (guitar) Kiszka in front of the group, and his brother Junior, Sam, on the bass. While growing up in Michigan, a noisy and chaotic house was produced when the brothers perfected the band's momentum. Last year, members piled into a van and toured the country, which boosted the momentum of the band. Before releasing a full-length album, the four-member band (completed by drummer Danny Wagner) sent two consecutive singles, "Highway Tune" and "Safari Song," to No. 1 in BillboardThe rock lists of the mainstream, and the band began to receive all kinds of buzzing. Now, Greta Van Fleet is starting her first world tour, in support of her latest album. Hymn of the peaceful army.
"Things have grown so fast and so fast," says Josh. "It's almost indescribable because it's unfathomable to us."
"It's kind of backward, but very refreshing," says Mark Pennington, program director at the WRIF rock station in Detroit. "And, of course, the obvious comparisons of Robert Plant were there, but there are layers and depth to it, and [Kiszka’s] The voice is so unique and strong. I was impressed. "
Robert Plant is the voice of Led Zeppelin, the people of the band often compare Greta Van Fleet with, and not always favorably. In fact, many consider the Michigan band to be a total scam. Jake and Josh grew up listening to folk and blues music from their father's extensive record collection, and did not discover Led Zeppelin until they were in high school. However, Josh never intended to replicate Plant's voices.
"I think people make the mistake, assuming that we are offended by him or that we do not like Led Zeppelin in any way, and that is far from the truth," says Josh. "What I was originally trying to do was the kind of thing that Wilson Pickett was doing, or Joe Cocker, but it was easier for me to sing in a narrow space over everything else if I had to make it stronger because it would cut through the music. "
In any case, the band seems to have found a good formula. They are attracting older listeners who are still thrilled by the nostalgia of the 70s, as well as the younger ones who were not there the first time, creating rock and roll conversions, says Jay.
"Our environment, the current times, a lot of that influences our music," says Jay. "I think our generations see it and say: 'Oh, this is rock' n 'roll for us & # 39;".