Greta Van Fleet React To Being Called Derivative Of Bands Like Led Zeppelin

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Greta Van Fleet were asked about constantly being compared to older giants of rock music and whether they’re bothered by it in a new AntiHero interview (transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar). Greta Van Fleet have been compared to Led Zeppelin frequently by the music media.

There’s a lot of comparisons to some of the older bands that have come before you. How do you guys kind of react to that? I know in a way it’s gotta be somewhat humbling, but at the same time you guys are trying to create your own identity.

Danny Wagner (drums): “It’s kind of cool because I personally believe that in this world today, that’s a very, very difficult sound to achieve. And I think we share a lot of similar influences to those bands. In a way it’s kind of humbling to receive that kind of attention. Because it’s a hard sound to really find.”

Sam Kiszka (bass): “I think the thing about it – what people respond to is that we put everything into it. Like a live performance, we put everything into our studio work, and I think people really respond to that. I think it’s great that everybody’s so excited about what we’re doing. We have an album coming out.”

So you guys have a full-length coming out?

Danny: “Yeah, this is our first full-length that we’re gonna consider an album. We’re considering this number one.”
That’s one of the questions I was gonna ask. You released a couple of EPs throughout the past year or so, and I was wondering when the full album would come out.

Danny: “It’s in the works. Actually, very much in the works. Which is exciting.”

Sam: “So keep your eyes peeled.”

It seems like every time you announce a new date the show is sold out. How are you guys adapting to this newfound fame that has kind of happened overnight?

Sam: “We’re just rolling with the punches. I think we have the right mindset for it and we don’t consider ourselves better than anybody else. There’s no reason why we should be famous. It’s just like… I don’t know, it’s kind of like weird. Now that I’m thinking about it… *screams*

Danny: “We’re not like personally super into whole media kind of world. So I think that kind of acts as a benefit in the fact that we’re not too deep into it. We’re here to focus on what we need to do and we do it.”

Sam: “Yeah, it’s a dangerous thing actually for any artist. Being too aware of what people think of you is just a big issue. Because then your creative identity that you consider yourself is gone. But everything so far has been absolutely fantastic. Very loving people, great fans.”