Greta Van Fleet’s Sam Kiszka: A Lot of “Popular Music … Almost Insults People’s Intelligence”

The bassist also offers some details on the band's "raw and energetic" next album

Greta Van Fleet Sam Kiszka on Popular Music

Greta Van Fleet shot out of a cannon when they debuted about five years ago. With a throwback sound, the band immediately topped the rock charts and are now headlining large-scale venues worldwide.

While Greta Van Fleet have certainly experienced their own share of popularity, bassist Sam Kiszka questions the integrity of a lot of “popular music” he hears on the radio today.

When discussing the band’s most recent album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate, on the latest episode of Consequence’s Kyle Meredith With … podcast, Kiszka commented, “It’s kind of the story of mankind … we frame it in a different way, just so you can see it in a different way. The best thing we can hope for is [being] thought-provoking.”

He continued, “We listen to a lot of stuff, not by choice, on certain radio stations, that is ‘popular music,’ and there’s no substance. They’re telling you exactly what to think, and why. And they don’t leave anything to mystery. And it almost insults people’s intelligence. And it doesn’t give you the ability to have your brain go off, and start firing creatively.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Kiszka also revealed that Greta Van Fleet are “pretty far into” their next album. Without offering too much detail, he said of the band’s upcoming third studio LP, “It’s like the whole concept of going back almost to the roots of what we did, kind of bringing our heads back to that garage time. And not spending all this time making it perfect. But just capturing what’s going on and … making it exciting and raw and energetic.”

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Greta Van Fleet are in the midst of a massive North American tour that extends into November. Tickets for the upcoming shows are available via Ticketmaster.

Listen to Sam Kiszka’s appearance on Kyle Meredith With … below.

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