Watch Greta Van Fleet Dial it Back to the ’70s for a Performance of ‘My Way, Soon’ on ‘Colbert’

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The whole aesthetic of Greta Van Fleet is a throwback — both in the young band‘s musical style of unabashed rock and roll in the vein of Led Zeppelin and its visual style — and both elements were on full display Tuesday night for a performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Performing their recent single “My Way, Soon,” the group slammed through the song while wearing matching frilly white outfits (almost jumpsuits, really), and the whole performance looked like it could have been unearthed from a time capsule.

“My Way, Soon” is one of a pair of new songs from Greta Van Fleet shared recently, previews of the group’s second full-length album The Battle at Garden’s Gate, which is due out in April 2021.

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Officially detailed last week, the album was also previewed with the seven-minute epic “Age of Machine”:

Here’s the studio version of “My Way, Soon”:

The past few years have been momentous for the young band. World tours in front of huge audiences, endless buzz and acclaim were heaped their way. Their rapid success allowed the group to travel the globe (until 2020, of course), and those experiences helped shape the creative process that went into this new album. Per a news release:

The music reflects their spiritual and intellectual growth, increased awareness of the inequalities plaguing the modern world, and deep empathy for what other people are going through. 
“We realized that while growing up, we had been shielded by many things, and we were unaware of a lot of things,” says drummer Danny Wagner.  “And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first.  But as we started to travel a lot, meet new and different people and experience different cultures, our definition of ‘normal’ changed.”
“I suppose that everything has changed except what got us here in the first place,” adds bassist Sam Kiszka.  “Everything – our perception of the world, perception of life itself, what it means to be an artist, what it means to be part of a beautiful, gorgeous society.  We’ve gained a larger understanding of why we’re all here.”

The Battle at Garden’s Gate was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Greg Kurstin (known for his recent work with the Foo Fighters, among many other projects).

Said vocalist Josh Kiszka in a statement: “It’s very dynamic, lyrically speaking.  And that’s the human experience.  It’s much more than pain or fear; it’s also beauty.  People need people, and love is important.”  Lyrically, The Battle at Garden’s Gate uses about the influence of technology on modern life; the role conflict plays in the global sphere; the deceptive fulfillment of tangible riches; and philosophical questions about life, love and power.
“There was a lot of self-evolution happening during the writing of this album that was prompted by experiences I had, experiences we all had, so a lot of contemplation occurred,” Josh says, while Jake adds, “It’s reflecting a lot of the world that we’ve seen, and I think that it’s reflecting a lot of personal truth.  What Josh does very well with the lyrics is telling ancient tales with a contemporary application.”


  • Steve says:

    I would like for them to do a cover of one of Led Zeppelin songs!

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