Greta Van Fleet is an American Rock band that formed in 2012 in Frankenmuth, Michigan. It consists of Kiszka brothers; Josh, Jake, and Sam; and Danny Wagner. Their debut single “Highway Tune,” topped the Billboard U.S. Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts in September 2017 for four weeks in a row. Greta Van Fleet’s music has been categorized as Hard Rock and Blues Rock and is often compared to Led Zeppelin. Their debut full-length studio album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, was released in October 2018, and topped the Billboard Rock Album charts in the first week after its release.
In three years, Greta Van Fleet went from touring the grimy Rock bars of Detroit and Saginaw to headlining shows on five continents with audiences triple their hometown’s population. The band that once attracted crowds of teens to improvised forest concerts, have now sold over one million tickets worldwide. From Frankenmuth, Michigan, to a tour bus across America and their first ever flight to Europe, their newest album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate, released in April 2021, is a reflection of their journey into the present.
So many artists have been positioned as the future that we’ve forgotten how to recognize the real thing. Expectations may run high, but Greta Van Fleet is indifferent to opinion. The band doesn’t have to say a certain thing or act a certain way to convince anyone of their capacity. All they have to do is play.