Greta Van Fleet has already mastered classic rock posturing. In early October, singer Josh Kiszka, 22, emerged onstage at the Foo Fighters-curated Cal Jam in San Bernardino, Calif., dressed in flamboyant tie-dye, beads and feathers, waving an arm in the air and letting out a signature wail. His twin, guitarist Jake, leaned back, his hippie-like long hair blowing in the breeze, to share the mic on soulful ballad “You’re the One” off their debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, out Oct. 19.
It’s an increasingly rare sight at festivals these days. Over the past year, the Michigan-bred band has consistently been one of the only rock groups excelling in a hip-hop economy, dotting lineups from Coachella to Austin City Limits and delivering a big, warm sound that echoes Led Zeppelin. Since releasing its breakthrough EP Black Smoke Rising in April 2017, the group, which also consists of younger brother Sam, 19, on bass and keyboards, and drummer Danny Wagner, also 19, has earned praise from classic rock icons including Robert Plant and Elton John. In July, Dave Grohl stopped by the band’s tour bus outside a festival in Quebec City (where the drinking age is 18) with a bottle of Jägermeister and a few words of wisdom.