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Greta Van Fleet new song Heat Above

Greta Van Fleet have shared the latest single from their forthcoming album, “The Battle at Garden’s Gate”“Heat Above” Rooted in the reality of these trying times, the song comes as an inspirational response to the ongoing negativity in the world. “There’s plenty of love left in this world, even though it may not seem like it,” bassist/keyboardist Sam Kiszka said in a press statement. “And that’s what ‘Heat Above’ is about, rising to the stars together.”

The song’s positive vibe paired with the typically triumphant delivery of Greta Van Fleet make “Heat Above” particularly grandiose. Vocalist Josh Kiszka continues to hit the high notes with ease, and the band sounds as confident as ever, building a soaring crescendo. While Greta Van Fleet initially drew comparisons to Led Zeppelin on their previous EPs and the debut album, the band appears to be exploring a more prog-rock sound on the new effort, with “Heat Above” even giving off some Rush vibes.

As Sam explained, the song bridges the gap between the band’s early material and the new album. “Well, in a way, it acts as a bit of a thesis in this whole body of work,” he told Zane Lowe in an interview for Apple Music. “And it really does, I think, particularly bridge the previous album with this newest album. Years in the making. This song has been years in the making. This particular track. I think it’s the oldest track on the album. We wanted to do the track for a while and just haven’t really gotten around to it. And we pulled it off the shelf, dusted it off and reformatted it and we did some other writing on it.”

The Battle of Garden’s Gate is the follow-up to the band’s successful 2018 debut, Anthem of the Peaceful Army. The previous single, the seven-minute “Age of Machine”, also showcased a more progressive side of Greta Van Fleet, while the first taste of new music, “My Way, Soon”, delivered a more breezy sound.

New album, “The Battle at Garden’s Gate,” available 4.16.21

Greta Van Fleet have released “Anthem,” a new song taken from their upcoming debut album “Anthem of the Peaceful Army”, which will be released on October. 19th.
The LP follows the two EPs that came out in 2017, and it wound up not being the album the band had expected it to be. “We had all these songs we wrote three to five years ago that we were just going to put on the album,” bassist Sam Kiszka said recently.
“It very quickly became all new material, so I’d say about three-quarters of the songs are songs we wrote in the studio. It just happened very quickly. We got everything done in two weeks. We were aching to make this album.”
The band has drawn comparisons to Led Zeppelin since its outset – but guitarist Jake Kiszka said they hadn’t been heavily influenced by the British icons. “I don’t think before we ever really realized, in a lot of senses, the similarities or the commonalities that we share with that group,” he explained.
“But I think that we’ve become more conscious of the similarities and I think we’ve taken some time to go back and almost identify with it,” he added. “‘Oh, It’s interesting, because there is a lot of those commonalities.’ Even if it exactly wasn’t an overwhelming influence of ours, it still was influential and we can certainly see it. But overall, it doesn’t really affect the writing of our music.”

Greta Van Fleet are currently on tour, with three U.S. dates remaining this month, followed by shows in Europe and the U.K.

Greta Van Fleet is an American rock band formed in 2012. The band members are Josh Kiszka, Jake Kiszka, Sam Kiszka, and Danny Wagner. They were signed to Lava Records in March 2017 and in April the band released their debut studio Black Smoke Rising EP. The debut single, “Highway Tune”, topped the American harts last year.

A second EP From the Fires, containing the four songs from Black Smoke Rising and four new songs, was released on November 10th, 2017, alongside a second single, “Safari Song”. The band’s heavy rock sound is strongly influenced by the work of Led Zeppelin, with lead vocalist Josh Kiszka having a voice that has been compared to Robert Plant’s .

Their debut EP titled Black Smoke Rising was released April 2017. It’s is planned to be the first of three EP’s that will make an album when all released. They started touring in May 2017 to promote the EP with the UK band The Struts.  In addition to the four tracks from Black Smoke Rising,  A new double EP From the Fires features the new recordings “Edge of Darkness” and “Talk on the Street”, as well as covers of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and Fairport Convention’s “Meet on the Ledge”. The four new tracks were recorded in September 2017 at Rust Belt Studios in Detroit .  The second single, “Safari Song”, was also released.

The Band

  • Josh Kiszka – lead vocals (2012–present)
  • Jake Kiszka – lead guitar (2012–present)
  • Sam Kiszka – bass guitar, keyboards (2012–present)
  • Danny Wagner – drums (2013–present)[23]