Greta Van Fleet bassist Sam Kiszka reacted to many classic rock Led Zeppelin loving fans criticizing them in a new Miami New Times interview. He referenced the Gene Simmons popularized quote that rock is dead as well, and mentioned how Greta Van Fleet are part of the ‘resurgence’ of the genre.
But with Greta Van Fleet’s enormous success has come brutal criticism, much of it claiming the band ripped its sound from Led Zeppelin.
“For every large-scale movement, there’s an opposing force. It wouldn’t be right if it was too easy,” Kiszka tells New Times. “People complain that rock is dead and then they criticize us. They get negative about a resurgence of rock? Rock ‘n’ roll has always been underground. A lot of rock people would prefer it stays that way.”
The article also states:
Kiszka seems to have a healthy attitude about the swipes Greta Van Fleet have taken. “In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter. We prefer to remove ourselves from what people think of us. If you get too involved, you get caught up in trying to please people. That’s why the music industry today is so bland.”
Kiszka later says:
“We always wanted to be taken seriously. We had concern about getting in the music industry and being exploited, but we’re four guys who love to play music and create. The fact that we can do that is surreal to us.”