At Blues Rock Review we pretty much have an endless supply of new music we can listen to and because of that, it can be hard for bands to stand out, especially new bands. But every once in a while a new band will make its way into our ears and into our soul. These up and coming bands have certainly done that, so jump on the bandwagon now because they’ll be ones to watch.
Greta Van Fleet
Greta Van Fleet is a four-piece blues rock group out of Frankenmuth, Michigan and are certainly one of the most pleasant surprises of 2017. Get in your time machine and teleport back to the ’70s when rock was king. The group released a four track EP Black Smoke Rising in April and are quickly becoming one of the buzz bands of 2017. With a vocal powerhouse reminiscent of Robert Plant in frontman Josh Kiszka along with brothers Jake and Sam Kiszka, and Danny Wagner, Greta Van Fleet is heading for rock superstardom. Oh, did we mention that no one in the band is over the age of 21?
Put together four Americans and one Brazilian in Brazil and you get The Gringos. The psychedelic blues rockers released The Animal Kingdom in July and deserve more attention. The Animal Kingdom features otherworldly guitar playing and some of the grooviest jams of the year with a lead singer (João Castilhos) sure to draw comparisons to The Doors’ Jim Morrison with his vocal and lyrical style.
Rainbreakers are a four-piece blues rock group out of the UK and grabbed our attention with their latest EP, Rise Up. The track “On My Own” appeared on Blues Rock Review Album Sampler Volume 8. The group is a wonderful mix of blues, rock, and soul with a modern spin similar to Gary Clark Jr.