Greta Van Fleet made a significant impact on the music world in 2017. They’ve played at Danny Wimmer Presents festivals, won Best New Artist at the Loudwire Music Awards, named by Rolling Stone one of the 10 artists you need to know, and has sold out all of their remaining shows in 2017. And this just off a 4 EP album called ‘Black Smoke Rising’. I can’t recall the last time a band releasing an EP has ever made this much buzz in the music world. And today, Greta Van Fleet released a double EP titled ‘From The Fires’.
This EP includes the ‘Black Smoke Rising’ tracks plus 4 new tracks. It starts off with a beautiful cover art that was conceived by vocalist Josh Kiszka. Josh says, “When we were all kids, our extended families and friends spent part of every summer together at a place called Yankee Springs. We were out in the middle of the woods, and every night, we’d sit around a campfire, play music and tell stories. I always loved that as it reminded me of ancient times when people would gather around the fires with the tribes’ elders telling fables of wisdom and courage, passing down human history. That concept is where the cover art and title come from.”
As expected, the ‘Black Smoke Rising’ tracks (1, 3, 5, and 8) are still as amazing as they were on the original EP. “Safari Song” has that beautiful musical sound that brothers Jake Kiszka (guitar), Sam (bass, keyboards), and friend Danny Wagner (drums) mastered so well. “Flower Power” is a slower song has you grooving to the melody of this well crafted song. “Highway Tune” the single that went to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Radio chart still grabs you outright and will have you banging your head in tune. And “Black Smoke Rising” will seriously give you chills when you hear Josh’s vocal performance. Me and countless others have compared the band to Led Zeppelin, in a very good way. I haven’t heard a band since Led Zeppelin with this style, sound, and amazing vocals, and it’s a pleasure to hear this 70s rock sound hasn’t been lost.
The new tracks (2, 4, 6, 7) still keep that same sound with a little more edge. “Edge of Darkness” has a darker mood to it, which I enjoyed a lot. Jake and Sam mesh it together well to keep a lower tone until the very end of the song where they let loose. Vocally, Josh keeps it also very toned down until the end where you truly see his vocal range shine. “A Change Is Gonna Come” is an amazing cover of Sam Cooke’s 1964 song. Greta Van Fleet puts a very classy rock spin on this song to honor it’s original intention and still providing a Greta Van Fleet stamp. Josh handles this song so well that you absolutely feel the emotion he puts behind it. “Meet On the Ledge” is a cover of Fairport Convention’s 1968 song. This one stays musically closer to the original with just a heavier rock song. And they extend the original song out by a full minute. Lastly, “Talk On The Street” is an solid rock song. Though, I think it strays a little away from that sound we’ve gotten used to, it is a great stand alone to show the versatility of this band.
Overall, this double EP is amazing music from beginning to end. ‘From The Fires’ is available today in physical and digital copies. For those fans that have already purchased the ‘Black Smoke Rising’ tracks via iTunes, they are invited to complete their ‘From The Fires’ double EP at a special price. Log onto iTunes for those details. If you have ‘Black Smoke Rising’, you won’t be disappointed purchasing ‘From The Fires’ to have all your Greta Van Fleet songs together. If you aren’t acquainted with Greta Van Fleet yet, do yourself a favor and pick up ‘From The Fires’ and revel in the musical talent from this band. Greta Van Fleet is just getting started and I feel they will be here for a long time to come.