During a recent interview with Kerrang! Greta Van Fleet members, Sam and Josh Kiszka talked about the dynamics within the band and how being brothers has contributed to their career.
As you probably know, Greta Van Fleet was formed in 2012, by the twin brothers Jake and Josh Kiszka, their younger brother Sam, and Kyle Hauch – who was later replaced by the brothers’ close friend Danny Wagner. The band initially worked on singles and released their debut studio album ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army‘ in 2018.
The album was a huge success and became the top-selling album in the US in its debut week. For almost two and a half years, the band has been working on its second album which was released just some days ago, on April 16, 2021. ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate‘ received generally positive reviews and in their recent interview, the band members revealed one of the secrets to their success.
Sam Kiszka said that people in bands can often ‘lose sight of things’ when they’re not on the same page, but the fact that Greta Van Fleet consists of brothers, never makes them worried about the ‘chemistry of the band.’ He went on to say that for a band to succeed, all its members need to have the same vision and that because they grew up together and are like-minded people their job gets easier.
At that point, Josh chimed in and said that the band would have been ‘more disconnected or troublesome’ if they weren’t a band of brothers, and added that he believes the connection translates into their music. Sam also said that another good aspect of working with his brothers is that there are no hard feelings when they make negative comments to each other as because they’re brothers, they understand they mean well.
Here’s what Sam Kiszka said during the interview:
“It’s easy to lose sight of things when people aren’t on the same page. And I think that’s also something fundamentally that we don’t really think about within the chemistry of the band. Everybody really needs to be with the same vision. And I think that growing up together and being very like-minded people, and at times very difficult people, I think that is great to share that vision.”
Josh went on to say:
“It would have been a little bit more disconnected or troublesome if Greta Van Fleet wasn’t a band of brothers. And I think that translates thematically into the music quite a bit as well.”
Sam chimed in and continued:
“And you can be really honest, too. You can go, ’I think that’s shit,’ and you’re not hurting that person’s feelings too badly, because at the end of the day, you’re brothers and they understand where you’re coming from. I think that’s really quite helpful. And especially on the road, you’re not anywhere around the world that you don’t feel that you’re kind of home.”
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