11 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you missed Led Zeppelin the first time around and wondered what all the fuss was about, well, you’re in luck: A band of (mostly) brothers from Frankenmuth, Michigan, is here to carry the torch for blues-based howling, loud guitars, and tight pants as mass entertainment. “Rock ’n’ roll is a lost ideology,” bassist Sam Kiszka tells Apple Music in the group's Up Next interview. “It turned into a niche thing. You’ve got to hit the roots again.” That’s exactly what the band does on their debut album, which feels of another time.

Swirling together the techniques and textures of rock and blues greats—The Allman Brothers Band, Cream, B.B. King, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, and most recognizably Zep, among others—Anthem of the Peaceful Army delivers monstrous riffs (“When the Curtain Falls”), jangly strummers (“The New Day”), and earnest acoustic ballads (“Anthem”). The end result is a nostalgia rush for those who know the references and a thrilling point of entry for those who may not. It helps that frontman Josh Kiszka, born with an engine of a tenor, has perfectly mastered Robert Plant’s shrill yelps and yowls ("Watching Over”) and rock ’n’ roll attitude—which covers everything from wardrobe and stage presence to the album as a stand-alone experience in the streaming era. “We’d like people to listen to this all the way through,” Kiszka says. “And f**king loud.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you missed Led Zeppelin the first time around and wondered what all the fuss was about, well, you’re in luck: A band of (mostly) brothers from Frankenmuth, Michigan, is here to carry the torch for blues-based howling, loud guitars, and tight pants as mass entertainment. “Rock ’n’ roll is a lost ideology,” bassist Sam Kiszka tells Apple Music in the group's Up Next interview. “It turned into a niche thing. You’ve got to hit the roots again.” That’s exactly what the band does on their debut album, which feels of another time.

Swirling together the techniques and textures of rock and blues greats—The Allman Brothers Band, Cream, B.B. King, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, and most recognizably Zep, among others—Anthem of the Peaceful Army delivers monstrous riffs (“When the Curtain Falls”), jangly strummers (“The New Day”), and earnest acoustic ballads (“Anthem”). The end result is a nostalgia rush for those who know the references and a thrilling point of entry for those who may not. It helps that frontman Josh Kiszka, born with an engine of a tenor, has perfectly mastered Robert Plant’s shrill yelps and yowls ("Watching Over”) and rock ’n’ roll attitude—which covers everything from wardrobe and stage presence to the album as a stand-alone experience in the streaming era. “We’d like people to listen to this all the way through,” Kiszka says. “And f**king loud.”

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About Greta Van Fleet

You know the drill: Rock lives, rock dies, rock is gloriously reborn against all odds and stronger than ever. Into this well-worn but surprisingly durable tale step Greta Van Fleet, three teenage brothers (the Kiszkas) and a childhood friend (drummer Daniel Wagner) from woodsy Frankenmuth, Michigan—a place Wagner described to Apple Music as somewhere you “could make as much noise as you wanted and nobody would care at all.” Formed in 2012 and raised on the sounds of Taj Mahal, Big Bill Broonzy, and Led Zeppelin (as well as semi-contemporaries like The Black Keys and Fleet Foxes), the band quickly established themselves as torchbearers for passionate, full-throated, ’70s-style rock—a move that, in the 2010s, is practically countercultural. After releasing two EPs in 2017 (Black Smoke Rising and From the Fires), the band followed in late 2018 with the full-length Anthem of the Peaceful Army, building a rapidly growing fanbase with opening slots for both Foo Fighters and Guns N’ Roses. Describing the state of rock to Beats 1’s Jeremy Degan for Apple Music’s Up Next series, singer Josh Kiszka said, “It turned into a niche thing...you gotta break out of it.” Nodding, his brother Sam added, “It got lost. You need to hit the roots again.”

ORIGIN
Frankenmuth, MI
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2012

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