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Carl Craft

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Hey, Carl Craft here from the Morning Rat Race.  I had the opportunity to chat with Sam and Josh from Greta Van Fleet recently….

And in true lead singer fashion: Josh showed up to the zoom interview many minutes late!  LOL. But as you can see, Sam did a great job fielding questions and to be honest, it was cool to get Josh’s answers separately… Of course, Greta Van Fleet is enjoying watching their fans’ reactions to the release of their 2nd album, “The Battle at Garden’s Gate”. The first single (My Way, Soon) and second (Heat Above) have been well received by the Rat Rock Nation… so we started there.

Note: As you can see, we split up the interview so that you might be able to pick and choose which topics you’d like to learn about. The full interview is also included at the very bottom…

The new album was written partly in Los Angeles but mostly in a big house that they rented in the hills of Tennessee. The footage to the video for My Way, Soon shows what that looked like.


I asked Sam about how being in that house together (this happened before the pandemic hit) felt for the creative and personal process:


We talked about how the current single, “Heat Above” was written some time ago, like 5 years, and how that song finally works as part of the concept of this album… Apparently it’s got “magical qualities”….


Everyone tried to pigeon-hole Greta Van Fleet right from the start, but they didn’t play in that arena choosing to not let comparisons guide their work. I asked them:  Who’s advice DO they accept? Plus as an added bonus, Sam reflects on a cool cross-country trip they made as a band…


Everyone misses live concerts, I know I do… But I asked Sam what he misses about live concerts…


At this point, I wanted to hear from Sam about the blessings of being a young band that finds a route to success very quickly… And this is when Josh decides to crash the party…


And, it was fun to ask Josh the question about what he misses about playing to live audiences. Both of them touched on very similar themes, but they told the story of those themes differently…


And finally: a question about what they hope the new album does for them… Where do they hope the new record takes you?


****I’m not sure we’re supposed to include this next part, but the radio station liner read is always good for a few classic out-takes… So, enjoy Sam and Josh wishing WRAT a happy 25th anniversary…


Full interview: