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Led Zeppelin The Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band Ever Says Greta Van Fleet’s Sam Kiszka

Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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Are the Led Zeppelin comparisons intimidating?Guitar World asks Greta Van Fleet‘s Sam Kiszka in a recent interview.

Not really,” Greta Van Fleet’s 20-year-old-bassist, whose band has often been compared to Zeppelin in sound and style, replies.

I mean, it’s not like they aren’t the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band ever,” he continues. “It’s a huge compliment.”

Having said this Kiska is quick to distance Greta Van Fleet’s forthcoming music from any further comparison.

I think the new record will pick up where we left off and show the many sides that Greta Van Fleet has in terms of soundscapes,” he suggests. “And I think it’ll take our concept up a few notches. We’re also trying to keep live takes. We really value the natural feel of how we play live.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Sam praises Led Zeppelin II‘s ‘Ramble On’ as a standout example of melodic bass playing.

Songs like ‘Ramble On‘” he enthused. “People sing that bass line. That’s how you know it’s a fantastic bass line.”

Sam’s opinion about not being directly influenced by Zeppelin differs from the band’s drummer Danny Wagner who, recently taking with Drum Magazine, more readily embraced the comparison, praising Zeppelin’s John Bohman as a key influence as a drummer.

With Bonham,” Wagner stated, “it was the way he could distill so many styles and make them sound straightforward. Even when he did something complex, it still felt simple.”

There’s a band in Detroit called Greta Van Fleet,” said Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, throwing in his two cents in a 2018 interview, “they are Led Zeppelin I.”

There’s a singer he’s really really young,” he then added in a jokingly affectionate tone, “I hate him! [He’s got a huge voice] and he borrowed it from somebody I know!

While disparaged by critics, Greta Van Fleet remains wildly popular amongst fans.

Their debut album Anthem of the Peaceful Army hit number 3 in Billboard 200 charts when it was first released in 2018.

The band’s as of yet untitled follow up is set to arrive sometime in 2020.

You can read Guitar World‘s full interview here.

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