Greta Van Fleet have hit out at those who have accused them of ‘ripping off’ Led Zeppelin, claiming the iconic band have not influenced their sound.
The Michigan-based four-piece formed in 2012, and released their first studio EP ‘Black Smoke Rising’ earlier this year.
Their sound has been compared to Led Zeppelin numerous times with Robert Plant even seeing the similarities. “There’s a band in Detroit called Greta Van Fleet: they are Led Zeppelin I. Beautiful little singer, I hate him!” he said back in March.
When the interviewer remarked on Josh’s voice, Plant couldn’t resist the sly dig:“He borrowed it from somebody I know very well!”
It seems Greta Van Fleet are growing a little tired of the comparison, with guitarist Jake Kiszka telling FaceCulture, “I think that we’ve become more conscious of it, because I don’t think before we ever really realized, in a lot of senses, the similarities or the commonalities that we share with that group.”
“It’s being said over and over, and I think it’s one of the greatest compliments that could ever be given to a young band like ourselves. They’re arguably one of the greatest rock bands of all time, so that is humbling and inspiring and honorable, in that sense.
“But I think that we’ve become more conscious of the similarities, because it’s been said, and I think we’ve taken some time to go back and almost identify with it. ‘Oh, it’s interesting, because there is a lot of those commonalities.’ Even if it exactly wasn’t an overwhelming influence of ours, it still was influential and we can certainly see it. But overall, it doesn’t really affect the writing of our music,” he said.