Greta Van Fleet made their official New York City debut Thursday night at Mercury Lounge. A DJ friend recommended this Michigan foursome to me a few months back and when I first heard them, I thought I was listening to a Led Zeppelin lost tape. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to catch them live.
Starting the “early show” was Nashville’s Goodbye June. They too were making their NYC debut due to a cancelled show this winter because of a snowstorm. These heavy southern rockers had the small room already packed and rocking. Check out our interview we had last winter with the band.
While I had been listening to Greta Van Fleet for a few months, I had not checked out any videos on YouTube. Typically, I’ll check out live videos of the bands I’m going to shoot to see if there’s anything I should look out for. These guys came out, sight unseen, and they were not what I expected. They were much younger than I envisioned, yet had the casualness of someone who’s been in the business for years. GVF’s debut album Black Smoke Rising was released in April of this year. The band has been together since 2012 and is made up of the Kiszka brothers, twenty one year old twins, Josh (vocals) and Jake (guitar), and younger brother Sam (bass) as well as long time friend Danny Wagner on drums (Wagner joined the band in 2013).
You hear this all the time…but both of these bands will be playing much bigger rooms…and in the very near future. I’m just glad I got to see them in such an intimate place. Long Live Rock & Roll!
Article: Michael DiGiovanni