Today we’re joined by one of our favorite new bands out there: Greta Van Fleet! Their latest release is the Black Smoke Rising EP featuring a song that, if you listen to our nightly show, we’re sure you’ve heard called “Highway Tune”. We’re talking about their classic rock roots in Michigan, their favorite albums of all time, and some of their earliest memories of making music together as kids. Make sure to subscribe to the ‘Two Hours with Matt Pinfield Podcast’ now so you don’t miss any upcoming conversation, new episodes every Monday and Thursday!
Jake and Sam on how they write songs:
“JAKE – I mean, there are so many different ways that we write our own material. It varies so radically. SAM – It can start with a little melody, it can start with a riff…usually it does…then we all just build it from there. JAKE – But yeah that particular one [“HIGHWAY CHILE”] I wouldn’t say that it’s a stencil or anything like that. It wouldn’t be something for us to repeat again and again and again and again but… SAM – It’s a good song. [DANNY – Sometimes Josh just wails and we build a song around that.]”
Jake on “Highway Tune”:
“That was one of the first songs that we wrote…[DANNY – Ever]…when we became serious we said…[SAM – like four years ago]…‘hey we’ve gotta be able to write for ourselves because I don’t want someone else to do it for us, we can’t articulate our vision in any other way unless we’re doing it ourselves.’ That was when we had first learned to write our songs and stuff…I put together that riff and we got together and BOOM! That song exploded all over the room.”
Sam on favorite early memories of music:
“Yankee Springs is a good one yeah…it’s a sort of a camp ground with all of these cabins and we would rent all of them out in the woods y/k? And we grew up there, I mean we were there before we could walk y/k? And we’d go every year and it would be just this great gathering of friends of the family and family and it was just sort of like an art community almost in a way. So there was like skiing and things like that but there was always music going on all the time.”