It wasn’t that long ago that the music world finally received a full-length album from Greta Van Fleet. Now the hard-rocking band has confirmed that they are working on their second full-length album for a tentative late 2019 release.
Band members Jake and Sam Kiszka were in conversation with New Musical Express at a festival in Spain. Guitarist Jake Kiszka broke the news about the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’: “There’s a little evolution with everything. So we’re working on something quite different. It’s interesting, ’cause we never know exactly what an album’s gonna look like; it can only be so premeditated. It’s an example of where we are musically right now.” He added, “It’s definitely much different than ‘Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’ would have been.”
Bassist Sam Kiszka echoed Jake’s words, saying, “I think as far as the entire intent goes, I think [it’s] just incorporating more sounds, more tones, more styles of music, perhaps, and kind of taking a step in the cinematic direction.”
With commercial success comes the opportunity to move into areas not yet explored. Jake said, “Now I suppose we have a little bit more leniency on the more outlandish stuff that we wanna do. What hasn’t been done and how many rules can we break?’ ‘Cause that’s when you really start creating something unique.”
Given the fact that they’ve attracted many fans to a style of music that has been criticized for sounding too much like Led Zeppelin, (some music fans slamming singer Josh Kiszka for allegedly copy-and-pasting Robert Plant’s vocal style), ‘Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’ still landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Then in December 2018, Greta Van Fleet scored four Grammy Award nominations, one for each major rock category — “Best Rock Album”, “Best Rock Song”, “Best Rock Performance” — and a “Best New Artist” nod. They went on to win for “Best Rock Album” for their sophomore EP, ‘From The Fires.’
Greta Van Fleet was founded in 2012 by brothers Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka and Jake Kiszka, plus the sole non-brother member Kyle Hauck, who has since left and been replaced on the drums by Danny Wagner.