Ever since Led Zeppelin split up in the 1980s, there have been many bands who have been pushed as being the next Led Zeppelin, in recent years Rival Sons certainly came close to the their sound.
Five albums down the line, they still perform the same kind of blues rock in the style of Zep but not close enough.
However a new band has started to make some noise which sounds like they could almost be Led Zeppelin, this new group is called Greta Van Fleet.
The band was formed in 2012 by Joshua Kiszka, Samuel Kiszka, Jacob Kiszka and Kyle Hauck. Hauck subsequently left the band in 2013 and was replaced by Daniel Wagner the same year.
Yes they have an odd name, but the story goes they are named after a lady from their home town, they even got her blessing to use it.
In the time Kyle Hauck was the drummer, the band recorded and released a live EP, with everything recorded all in one take.
In January 2017 their song, Highway Tune, was featured on the Showtime show Shameless.
In April their debut EP titled Black Smoke Rising was released, in the same month they were named Apple Music’s new artist of the week.
Black Smoke Rising is planned to be the first of three EP’s that will make an album when all released. Back in May they started touring to promote the EP, on tour supporting The Struts.
Yes, you can tell they have a been seriously influenced by LZ, but keeping their own identity as the songs are not simply rehashes of Zeppelin ideas, which is where a lot of the clone bands fall down. There are even a few Plant vocal similarities, but not enough to spoil it.
A band to watch, we think.
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