Greta Van Fleet is an American rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, formed in 2012. It consists of vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka and drummer Danny Wagner. They were signed to Lava Records in March 2017 and in April the band released their debut studio EP, Black Smoke Rising. Their debut single, “Highway Tune”, topped the Billboard US Mainstream Rock and Active Rock Rock stations in September 2017 as number one for four weeks in a row.A second EP From the Fires, containing the four songs from Black Smoke Rising and four new songs, was released on November 10, 2017, alongside a second single, “Safari Song”. The band’s heavy rock sound is influenced by the work of Led Zeppelin and many other rock and blues bands, with lead vocalist Josh Kiszka having a voice that has been compared to Robert Plant’s “husky growl”.
The band was formed in Frankenmuth, Michigan in 2012 by brothers Joshua “Josh” Kiszka, Samuel “Sam” Kiszka, Jacob “Jake” Kiszka and Kyle Hauck. Hauck subsequently left the band in October 2013 and was replaced by Daniel “Danny” Wagner the same year.The band name was created when one of its members heard a relative mention Gretna Van Fleet, a resident of Frankenmuth; their use of the variation on her name was done with her blessing.In the time Hauck was the drummer, the band recorded and released three songs: “Highway Tune”, “Cloud Train”, and “Standing On”. On February 28, 2014, a live EP was recorded in one take and subsequently released on June 7, 2014.In 2014, their song “Standing On” was featured in 2014 Chevy Equinox advertisements in the Detroit area.It is one of several songs, along with “By the Riverside”, “Cloud Train”, “Lover, Leaver, Taker, Believer”, “Down to the River”, “Sing in the Rain”, “Thunder Stomp”, “You’re the One”, and “Written in Gold”, that were previously released but are currently unavailable