Greta Van Fleet has announced the release of its sophomore album, The Battle At Garden’s Gate, available on April 16, 2021. The album follows up 2018’s Anthem of the Peaceful Army. The band won a Grammy award that year for From The Fires.
Greta Van Fleet has spent the past few years touring the world and those experiences have influenced The Battle At Garden’s Gate.
“We realized that while growing up, we had been shielded by many things, and we were unaware of a lot of things,” says drummer Danny Wagner. “And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first. But as we started to travel a lot, meet new and different people and experience different cultures, our definition of ‘normal’ changed.”
“I suppose that everything has changed except what got us here in the first place,” adds bassist Sam Kiszka. “Everything – our perception of the world, perception of life itself, what it means to be an artist, what it means to be part of a beautiful, gorgeous society. We’ve gained a larger understanding of why we’re all here.”
The album was recorded in Los Angeles with Greg Kurstin (Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney).
“I’m always a little bit hesitant about my abilities as an artist; I think a lot of artists feel that way,” says Josh Kiszka. “But Greg hovering over me while I’m on the piano, taking an interest in what I was doing – that was really important for me.”
The band has released its second single from the album, “Age of Machine.”
“It’s very dynamic, lyrically speaking. And that’s the human experience,” says Josh. “It’s much more than pain or fear; it’s also beauty. People need people, and love is important.”
“There was a lot of self-evolution happening during the writing of this album that was prompted by experiences I had, experiences we all had, so a lot of contemplation occurred,” Josh says, while Jake adds, “It’s reflecting a lot of the world that we’ve seen, and I think that it’s reflecting a lot of personal truth. What Josh does very well with the lyrics is telling ancient tales with a contemporary application.”