New Music Heaven : Greta Van Fleet

October 22, 2017
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Greta Van Fleet is from Frakenmuth, or Michigan's "Little Bavaria." The group – which took its name from one of the close-knit community’s town elders – is a hard rocking quartet whose creative ambitions and achievements reach far beyond the ages of the four band members, not all of them old enough to have voted in last November’s election. On its debut EP "Black Smoke Rising," the group deftly straddles the line between timeless and future, sounding at once like many things you’ve heard before and also something you’ve never heard before.The three brothers –twins Josh (vocals) and Jake (guitar) Kiszka, younger brother Sam Kiszka (bass, keyboards) and drummer Danny Wagner –have turned their rich and varied musical background into an arresting mélange of rock ‘n’ roll with flavors of metal, pop, blues and grunge, the result of years of practice, study and familial good times.

The Kiszka kids developed their music education during winter ski trips to Michigan’s Yankee Springs, where a plethora of family and friends would gather with instruments. Someone was playing something nearly every minute of the day, and Josh, Jake and Sam soaked it up with relish. “Every year was better than Christmas,” Josh recalls. “In the evenings or during the day, there was always music being made there, everybody getting together and experimenting with sounds, having lots of fun, making music.” For Jake, meanwhile, it was “really awe-inspiring when you see this completely surrealistic environment, to see all these people from all over the place come together, and what brought them together was music. That was mind-blowing.”

Greta Van Fleet's "Highway Tune" is this week's New Music Heaven track, which means you can hear it all week on 94/7! And you'll get a free download in your Nation email, thanks to Burgerville

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