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The Darkness: Greta Van Fleet Have ‘Potential to Be Amazing,’ But ‘Need Better Songs’

Kathy Flynn / Maria Ives, Loudwire
Kathy Flynn / Maria Ives, Loudwire

One of the breakout rock bands of the decade has been Greta Van Fleet. During a recent larger chat about the state of the rock industry, The DarknessJustin Hawkins weighed in on the young band and what their arrival means to a genre that has taken some hits.

Speaking with Classic Rock Magazine, Hawkins stated, “The timbre of Josh Kiszka’s voice is so similar to Robert Plant’s that you can’t help but be excited when you hear him sing. There’s lots of potential for them to be as amazing as Led Zeppelin, but they’re going to need some better songs.”

Adding to his discussion of the state of the rock genre, the singer added, “When something like this comes along and everyone gets excited, it shows you how little we have to offer as a genre. That’s not to slag them off, because I think they have the potential to be amazing.”

He continued, “They could be the next phase of what Led Zeppelin should have been doing. There’s nothing wrong with adopting classic rock choreography and clothes, but you have to kick on from there.”

Hawkins and bassist Frankie Poullain continued on in their disapproval of where things stand for the rock genre, which plays a role in their new album, Easter Is Cancelled.

“We all agree that the really challenging musical endeavors are happening in other genres. That’s disappointing to us, so we’ve spent nine months showing people how to fucking do it properly,” says Hawkins.

Poullain added, nodding to their song “Rock and Roll Deserves to Die,” “A lot of bands have relinquished their duty. Rock ‘n’ roll is so uniform now. Everybody dresses the same, looks the same, sounds the same. It’s pathetic. It deserves to die.”

The full interview can be found in Classic Rock magazine, which is on sale now.

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