From the Fires: the potential rebirth of rock ‘n’ roll

Will Greta Van Fleet command the much needed resurrection of the beloved lost genre?

In November of 2017, four young musicians from Frankenmuth, Michigan released the eight song rock album From the Fires. Not very often does a band, whose average age is somewhere between eighteen and twenty-one, put together an album of full blown classic rock, that not only sounds as though it was pulled straight from 1969, but oozes talent. I mean, where does that come from nowadays?

From the gentle ring of “Flower Power” to the driving beat of “Edge of darkness,” Van Fleet shows versatility and connection to their musical talents with From the Fires. They have that coveted blues rock, I miss my lady, nostalgia’s best friend, kind of feel and I must confess that I think their songs catch on just as well as – if not better than – some pop singles do today.

An unexpected gem.

35957429583_42303df537_bBefore I had discovered the freak of nature that is Van Fleet, I flicked on the FM radio in the car one day only to scroll unexpectedly to a voice that closely resembled the outrageous power of Led Zeppelin’s, Robert Plant. The distinct voice was accompanied by a guitar riff that boldly hummed the tune of some age old rhythm and blues song. Not knowing yet who it was by, there was an immediate magnetism about the piece. I read the title on the display, “Highway Tune” and the artist, Greta Van Fleet. I can remember wondering who they were – I mean the name itself demanded intrigue – so I asked my musically-all-knowing friends who have a rock band of their own.

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Greta Van Fleet on stage with Sir Elton John

My friends were inclined to tell me that I wasn’t wrong in thinking that they sound exactly like Zeppelin, and in fact Van Fleet takes musical inspiration from the legendary rock band. In the episode, Can Greta Van Fleet Save Classic Rock?, from Rolling Stone Magazine’s Music Now series, Brian Hiatt interviews the band about their musical influences. I understand the young group’s profound fascination with classic rock and blues; it’s pretty much all that my friends and I listen to as seventeen, eighteen, nineteen year old kids. It’s becoming more and more appreciated within the young generation and I think Van Fleet will be able to amplify the movement even more because of their age and therefore their respectability among youth culture.

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At the closing of “Flower Power,” there is an enchanting organ solo that pipes in, and frankly this is my favourite part of the whole album.


Works Cited

Hiatt, Brian. “Can Greta Van Fleet Save Classic Rock?” Rolling Stone, 9 Jan.
2018, http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/
greta-van-fleet-on-led-zeppelin-influence-blues-roots-w515153.

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