Greta Van Fleet Announces Double EP, “From The Fires”

Greta Van Fleet, one of the most exciting up-and-coming rock bands making music today, and just named Best New Artist last night at the Loudwire Music Awards...
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 25, 2017) — Greta Van Fleet, one of the most exciting up-and-coming rock bands making music today, and just named Best New Artist last night at the Loudwire Music Awards, will release  From The Fires, an eight-song double EP, on November 10 (Lava/Republic Records).  
From The Fires will feature on one disc four brand new Greta Van Fleet recordings as well as the four critically-acclaimed tracks from the band’s break-out EP Black Smoke Rising, including “Highway Tune,” the band’s debut single that spent five consecutive weeks at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Radio charts.  The four new tracks were recorded last month at Rust Belt Studios in Detroit and produced by the same duo that produced Black Smoke Rising earlier this year, Al Sutton and Marlon Young.

Greta Van Fleet was just named one of  

Rolling Stone‘s “10 New Artists You Need to Know”:
According to the band’s vocalist Josh Kiszka, compiling the four Black Smoke Rising tracks with the four new recordings made for an ideal grouping.  “All eight of these songs share a theme of basic humanity,” said Kiszka. 
From The Fires will be available both digitally and as a physical disc.  For those fans that have already purchased the Black Smoke Rising tracks via iTunes, they are invited to complete their From The Fires double EP at a special price.  Log onto iTunes for those details.
The cover art for From The Fires was conceived by Josh who said, “When we were all kids, our extended families and friends spent part of every summer together at a place called Yankee Springs.  We were out in the middle of the woods, and every night, we’d sit around a campfire, play music and tell stories.  I always loved that as it reminded me of ancient times when people would gather around the fires with the tribes’ elders telling fables of wisdom and courage, passing down human history.  That concept is where the cover art and title come from.”
Greta Van Fleet – vocalist Josh Kiszka, brothers Jake (guitar) and Sam (bass, keys) and family friend Danny Wagner (drums) – is currently on tour in the U.S. having sold out every one of its headline shows through to the end of the year.  Remaining dates are below.
Check out the feature on the band and the double EP that just posted on the Wall Street Journal’s website, and will run in tomorrow’s paper.
29  The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA*   SOLD OUT
30  The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA*   SOLD OUT
 1   The Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ*  SOLD OUT
30  Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL*  SOLD OUT
 1   Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, IL  (WIXO Nutcracker 20 X-Mas Show) (GVF co-headline)  SOLD OUT
 2   Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE*  SOLD OUT
Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY*  SOLD OUT
 6   Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY*  SOLD OUTT
12  Capone’s Johnson City, TN  SOLD OUT
14  Delmar Hall, St. Louis, MO* SOLD OUT
15  Granada Theatre, Lawrence, KS*  SOLD OUT
16  Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA*  SOLD OUT
18  Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN*  SOLD OUT
19  Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN*  SOLD OUT
28  St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI   SOLD OUT
29  St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI   SOLD OUT
30  Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI   SOLD OUT
Greta Van Fleet is four young musicians, brothers Josh (vocals), Jake (guitar) and Sam (bass/keys) Kiszka, and best friend Danny Wagner (drums).  Josh and Jake have just turned 21, Danny and Sam are 18.  They’re all from the tiny Michigan hamlet of Frankenmuth known for its family-style chicken dinners and the world’s largest Christmas store.  All four were raised on their parents’ extensive vinyl collections (shared influences are Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Who, Jimi Hendrix), and were encouraged to be creative, daring and innovative.  Each band member has killer musical chops and Josh has a voice that is simply jaw-dropping.  The band is making some of the most exciting, high-energy, sweaty, sexy rock’n’roll heard in a long time, and are bound and determined to bring real rock’n’roll back to the mainstream.

With their debut single “Highway Tune” spending five weeks as the #1 track at Mainstream Rock radio, more than 3-million YouTube views for the companion music video, 5.6-million Spotify plays, their first-ever tour of the U.S. completely sold out, and spectacular praise from the media, Greta Van Fleet is – in just a few months – as hot a developing band as one can be.


About Sam Kiszka:

The band’ bass player, 18 year old Sam Kiszka, is self-taught, starting when he was 12.  His father played bass, so supplied hands-on tutoring, and Sam spent a lot of time at the University of YouTube.  Like many other self-taught musicians, Sam has invested hours and hours watching his favorite musicians (James Jamerson was a big influence) on performance music videos, listening to their recordings, and practicing to perfect their riffs and style – and then evolved his own style.  His all-time favorite composer is Bach who he cites for his being “an amazing bass player with melodies second to none.”

Sam gets bored fairly easily, and when he does, he picks up a new instrument to learn to play.  In addition to bass, he is self-taught on guitar, drums, mandolin, keyboards, Hammond M103 organ, harmonica, ukulele, a little saxophone and is going to pick up the autoharp.

(Sam plays a Hammond Sk2 organ on the road.)

About Jake Kiszka:

Jake and his brothers were raised in a very free and creative environment that included a father who was a musician who had a variety of musical instruments in the house.  He also had a very challenging way of “teaching” Jake to play guitar. As a kid, Jake started out with a cheap plastic guitar, but was outgrowing it so asked his dad for a better one.  He dad told him he would first have to learn to play Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” and Hendrix’s “Wild Thing” on the plastic guitar before he would consider getting Jake a better guitar.  So Jake did, and was rewarded with a red Fender Squier.  When he felt he’d outgrown that, his dad challenged him again – this time he would have to learn Hendrix’s version of “Hey Joe,” “Smoke On the Water,” and “Sunshire of Your Love,” and on and on and on.  Jake mastered them all and was rewarded with better and better guitars.  Heavy guitar influences include Hendrix, Elmo James, Pete Townsend, and Eric Clapton.  

About Josh Kiszka:

Being a singer in a rock’n’roll band was the last thing that Josh ever thought he’d be.  Josh studied theatre in school, he was in school plays, and was involved in local community musical theatre.  He primarily considers himself a writer, someone who loves to tell stories, which answers his being the band’s lyricist  He writes, shoots and directs videos, and I think he gets into editing them as well.  He certainly LOVES to sing in Greta Van Fleet, but he’s definitely got one foot firmly in the theatre.  His heroes comprise an interesting “hat trick” – Hunter S.Thompson, Andy Kaufman and Stanley Kubrick.

About Danny Wagner:

As a kid, Danny took guitar lessons for three years, then also learned to play piano, mandolin and ukelele, and played the French horn and trumpet in his school band for six years.  Drumming didn’t come along until his cousin moved out of town and couldn’t take his drum set, so Danny claimed it.  Like Sam and many other self-taught musicians, Danny studied at the University of YouTube, analyzing the chops of his favorite musicians (Buddy Rich and John Bonham were big influences) on performance music videos, listening to their recordings, all of which led to Danny carving out his own performance style.  And when Danny plays his heavy hitting, machine gun drum riffs, it’s obvious that he’s exorcising some demons on the kit.

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