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Greta Van Fleet Biography
Greta Van Fleet is an American rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, formed in 2012. The band consists of vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka, and drummer Danny Wagner. They were signed to Lava Records in March 2017 and a month later the band released their 1st studio EP, Black Smoke Rising.
Their 1st single, “Highway Tune”, topped the Billboard US Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts in September 2017 for four weeks in a row and their 2nd EP, From the Fires, containing the four songs from Black Smoke Rising and four new songs, was released on November 10, 2017, together with a second single, “Safari Song”.
Anthem of the Peaceful Army, released on October 19, 2018, was their 1st full-length studio album, and it topped the Billboard Rock Album charts in the 1st week after its release. They also released the album’s first single, “When the Curtain Falls”, in July 2018 and became the band’s 3rd N.o 1 single on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock charts.
For their remarkable talents, the band was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance for “Highway Tune”, Best Rock Song for “Black Smoke Rising” and Best Rock Album for From the Fires. TRheyb also won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.
Greta Van Fleet
Greta Van Fleet contains 3 brothers; twins, Josh and guitarist Jake Kiszka the bassist-keyboardist Sam Kiszka, plus drummer Danny Wagner.
Greta Van Fleet History
Greta Van Fleet was formed in Frankenmuth, Michigan, in 2012 by twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka, their younger brother Sam, and Kyle Hauck. The band name was created when one of its members heard a relative mention Gretna Van Fleet, a resident of Frankenmuth; their use of the variation on her name was done with her blessing. Van Fleet also stated in a later interview that while the band’s music is not her type, she supports the band and thinks they are very talented.
At the time Hauck was the drummer, the band recorded two songs: “Cloud Train” and “Standing On”. Hauck left the band in October 2013 and was replaced as drummer by the brothers’ good friend Danny Wagner the same year. The initial guitar riff for “Highway Tune” was cited by guitarist Jake Kiszka as being written as early back as 2010, but the song, released as a single in March 2017, was only recorded after Danny Wagner had become the band’s new drummer.
On February 28, 2014, a live EP was recorded in one take and subsequently released on June 7, 2014. The same year, their song “Standing On” was featured in 2014 Chevy Equinox advertisements in the Detroit area.
Danny Wagner playing at Rock in Park 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany “Standing On” is one of several songs, along with “By the Riverside”, “Cloud Train”, “Down to the River”, “Motown Funk No. 4”, “Sing in the Rain”, “Thunder Stomp”, and “Written in Gold”, that were previously released but are currently unavailable
Greta Van Fleet’s music has been categorized as hard rock and blues rock. Although all the 4 members bonded over blues, each does have his own musical tastes: Jake gravitates towards rock and roll, Sam likes jazz, Danny prefers folk, and Josh likes world music. Jake said in an interview, “That all the 3 brothers had listened to their parents’ vinyl which included blues and folk music.” Sam stated that “It’s not like we set out to be a rock and roll band, it’s just that sound that comes out [when] we get together and play.” Songwriting is done by the band as a whole after one of the four members finds the concept for a song.
In a March 2018 interview, Plant cited Greta Van Fleet as one of his favorite up-and-coming bands, saying “They are Led Zeppelin I” and describing Josh as “a beautiful little singer.” Some of Jake’s guitar influences include John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Bert Jansch, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards.
Sam’s favorite bass player is Motown session bassist James Jamerson. Josh Kiszka has imitated the movements and onstage antics of Joe Cocker.
Greta Van Fleet Members
- Josh Kiszka – lead vocals (2012–present)
- Jake Kiszka – guitars, backing vocals (2012–present)
- Sam Kiszka – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2012–present)
- Danny Wagner – drums, backing vocals (2013–present)
- Kyle Hauck – drums (2012–2013)