Rock sensation Greta Van Fleet blew into Austin this week as part of a whirlwind tour schedule spanning the U.S. Despite throwing down a midweek show with suspect weather forecast, a Sold-Out Stubbs Waller Creek was packed to the hilt with rowdy fans early on. It’s rare to see such a wide and varied demographic in one crowd. From giddy teen girls adorned in floral 70’s festival frocks to grizzled vintage rockers in their 60s and 70s, Greta clearly holds wide appeal.
These four young rockers from small-town Michigan seem to have reincarnated a missing link in the music world. With Zeppelin-esque vocals and contagiously authentic rock-n-roll riffs, you just can’t help but let your jaw fall to the floor. I saw these guys on the big stage at Welcome to Rockville the week before, and I’m not ashamed to admit that my knee-jerk reaction was nothing short of “holy f*ck they are legit.”
"Greta Van Fleet could very well be the seismic event
that shakes music from its current state of torpor.” – Indie Music
Striding onstage with an infectious grin and fistful of white carnations, lead singer Josh Kiszka tosses flower-by-flower into a screaming crowd as women’s diamante-encrusted bras land unceremoniously at his feet. He doesn’t hesitate, launching powerfully into the opening of Highway Tune, their catchy and incredibly successful debut single. It’s hard to believe that all four are under 22 years of age. With prowess far beyond their years, they’ve captured a sound long-missing from the modern music scene. We could not be more grateful.
In part, Josh Kiszka’s flooring vocals lead the game but we can’t discount the flawless musicianship and gritty riffs wrapping his powerful vocals. Added bonus; they’re easy on the eyes and they know how to dress. If this isn’t the formula for international rockstar-man-ship, I don’t know what is. From start to finish Greta Van Fleet is freakishly fresh rock-n-roll Perfection. I'd be lying if I said their EP wasn't at the top of my Spotify list this week. We can’t wait to see these boys again at Austin City Limits in October; they’re definitely on my “Don’t Miss” list for ACL and Lollapalooza this year. See you again soon, Greta!
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