Greta Van Fleet

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The Battle At Garden’s Gate is the second studio album from a band which had been on their first world tour when Covid-19 struck.

The Battle At Garden’s Gate on Lava Republic Records

Instead of complaining about the abrupt halt to their goals they spent time reflecting on what had happened to them and to their world.

Josh Kiszka; Jake Kiszka; Sam Kiszka; Danny Wagner wrote new songs they recorded in Nashville. The result is a much more complex set of tunes in which these young musicians did something quite amazing. They found their sound. Perhaps not a signature yet but still an audible gust that sets them apart from their peers.

Tracks like My Way Soon and Heat Above revel in the freedom of making music and being able to hit the road where you can make your own rules. It’s not for nothing the band’s earlier hit was called Highway Tune.

Age of Machine displays a new side to this group. A progressive component that lifts Josh’s vocals to new heights. I think his vocals have set them apart as genuine stars in the making.

His brothers Sam and Jake form a guitar sound that is all their own. You hear a chord progression that is Greta Van Fleet’s unique stamp. A mix of progressive rock with melody rooted in 1960’s psychedelia. Not a simple feat.

Producer Greg Kurstin (Foo Fighters) has brought out something deep in their arsenal of heavy melodic soft but hard edged rock that was there on the debut Anthem of the Peaceful Army but now is on the March with opuses like Broken Bells and Built By Nations.

This album is highly recommended. With the pandemic starting to lift let’s hope we can see these guys back on the road soon.

Rock Singles

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The year 2020 will not be fondly remembered for many reasons.

Perhaps the music being released in this fourth quarter can serve as consolation.

Veteran rockers AC/DC; Blue Oyster Cult; Bon Jovi and more recent upstarts Greta Van Fleet; The Struts have new music that may provide uplift and inspiration.

Here are my reviews of these new tunes:

AC/DC PWR/UP Produced by Brendan O’Brien Columbia Records/ November 13, 2020.

AC/DC’s ‘Shot In The Dark’ from their upcoming album, PWR/UP, reminds you why they have been around for decades.

The late Malcolm Young’s rhythm work can be heard throughout the cut.

A variation on the song ‘Giving The Dog A Bone’ from the iconic Back In Black LP, adds to the long line of AC/DC tunes filled to the brim with sexual innuendo.

The first BOC album in nearly 20 years! Frontiers Records/ October 9, 2020

Three singles and videos are featured. The first track, “That Was Me”, is a defiant statement set in a late 1970’s groove. It reminds the listener of BOC’s past glories. After all this group is known for ‘Burnin’ For You’ and ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper ‘. They deserve to attract many young listeners to their fold.

Bon Jovi’s single “Limitless” from the new album, 2020,

This song was released right before Covid-19 hit our shores. A straight forward shot of a bottle rocket to shake our routines at a moment when life seemed to stop.

The new single, ‘My Way, Soon’, is a proper anthem celebrating the freedom of the road. Available on October 9th, 2020.

This track encourages people to take risks, forget plans, and live. The past 3 years saw these young lads travel the world on their first big tour. The video shows their self filmed antics in these difficult times. A great way to cheer up!

Luke Spiller duets with Robbie Williams on The Struts’ “Strange Days”. Interscope Records/ released September 20, 2020

This title song for the band’s new album is about staying grounded during these uncertain days.

Two sublime voices on a cut that makes you feel better about what life should be. Those smaller moments of kindness provide us with a bounty of smiles and joy.

It also asks kids to stop their seeming obsession with online antics and take time to grow, slowly.