Greta Van Fleet – “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” Album Review

A time when rock stars wore their hair down to their shoulders, and music allowed you to escape into heavy guitar riffs and deeply poetic lyrics. That is what Greta Van Fleet encompasses in their new album “Anthem of the Peaceful Army.”

The band faces constant comparisons to Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page causing a response of appraisal or in some cases backlash, and although there will always be critics out to say the worst, Greta’s first work was a radiant start to something beautiful. The band of brother’s first EP “From the Fires” caused a boom in the rock world landing them on lineups across the country from Coachella to Lollapalooza. They received approval from Elton John, Tom Hanks, and even Robert Plant. It is apparent when listening to the band that they are inspired by a dense vinyl collection from rock of other generations.

The album begins with the feverous song, “Age of Man;” its slow start entices listeners to embark on a 10 song journey. It is the first of many layers the band created on the album. The record quickly moves towards the hard rock sound they’re known for, as songs such as “The Cold Wind” and “Lover, Leaver” show their ability to successfully pull off complex guitar solos. To juxtapose these heavier moments, rock ballads such as “Anthem” and “You’re the One” bring a sense of peace and tranquility to the album by having acoustic guitars string the songs along. The record additionally finds a middle ground between these two styles; the songs “Watching Over” and “Brave New World” utilize some eerie guitar riffs which bridges the styles into something in between.

Unfortunately, the band still has some work to be done on creating a more personal and unique aspect to their music and lyrics; something bands like the Beatles, Nirvana, and Cage The Elephant have seemed to accomplish through drawing personal stories hidden beneath their epical lyricism. As it is their first full length album, in time there’s a strong possibility that they will be able to use their platform to discover their own unique sound and voice in the rock world.

Rock music of the 70’s was inspired by political and social strife. Currently, we are experiencing a similar social divide among us. Greta Van Fleet’s desire to bring back the themes and sounds of that time only makes sense. It is about time that a band takes the risk of continuing on a sound that got lost in the future generations. The band has the potential to excel, they now just have to prove to the world they are ready to take it.  

Written by: Kelly Kerrigan

Discover the Up-and-Coming: La Bouquet

There’s an endless array of new music to discover in the world of up-and-coming bands. La Bouquet is an indie duo based in Los Angeles. Their music has some ’80s and pop punk influence, but it is created solely to evoke emotion.

Members Bryan Sammis and Jake Lopez also worked together during a previous project called Olivver the Kid. Sammis decided to put that work in the past and work first-hand with just Lopez. Their debut single, “Loveless,” was released here , along with a video over the summer.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Sammis about La Bouquet and his plans for the band. This has become his favorite music endeavor as he is truly pouring his heart and soul into this music and creating music exactly how he wants. If you’re interested in reading the interview I did, check it out here.

Their long-awaited EP, “Heavy Sunshine,” was released a couple weeks ago. Fans have expressed nothing but love for the four songs on the EP.

Sammis took to Twitter to explain the structure of the EP. He tweeted, “Fun fact: the EP starts out with ‘heavy sunshine’ and ends with ‘the puddle’ as the weather slowly deteriorates from sunshine to rain with each song” (La Bouquet Twitter).

Music has the power to influence one’s mood and help the listener connect with the artist through shared experiences. La Bouquet perfectly captures this in their music as they seek to help their listeners cope with things they may be struggling with.

“Loser Baby” is my absolute favorite from the album because it talks about self-love. Many people find it so hard to love themselves with all the pressures in the world today. The song focuses on releasing that negativity from your mind and soul. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve found myself jamming out to this song.

Each song holds a deeper message that is bigger than itself and I hope you will listen to them and find a connection like I have.

It is bands like La Bouquet that prove music can have true value and meaning.

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Discover: LuxTides

As we continue this journey of supporting up-and-coming artists, I have another new artist for you to discover. Independent artist LuxTides launched her project in September. After lots of hard work and deliberation, Danni Bouchard, of Oh Honey, poured her heart into music and created the project she had always dreamed about.

“Shadow” was the first single Danni released to the world as LuxTides.

She previously worked with Mitchy Collins as Oh Honey, but this project is 100 percent Danni, and the impact she wants her music to make on her listeners.

LuxTides is a whole new side of Danni that exposes raw and real talent. She touches on deeper issues in her music such as anxiety, depression and toxic relationships.

Anticipation was high for  her second single, “Flickered,” because she released teasers for almost two weeks prior to the debut date of Friday, Nov. 10.

Danni takes to Twitter to communicate with her fans and express what this music and project means to her.

In a tweet about the meaning behind “Flickered.” Danni said, “To anyone who has ever been lied to, cheated on, or manipulated by the person you loved most: this song is for you. Know your worth and don’t ever settle for love that makes you feel small.”

These songs have more to offer to the world than just a fun song to pass time with. I fully condone blasting them 24/7, but don’t ignore the lyrics and deeper meaning there.

Her platform may not be as big as Beyoncé’s, but Danni uses the power she has to exude positivity and show people they are not alone. Life is full of hardships, but many people experiences those same feelings and experiences in one way or another.

Her new name is derived from her love for the sea and the moon.

Before the release of Flickered, Danni tweeted “being an independent artist is so insanely tough, but also so rewarding. I’m allowed to release my music based on the phases of the moon cause I f*ckin wanna and nobody can tell me otherwise.”

And that is exactly what she did. When the moon was in it’s last quarter, the world was given “Flickered.”

All those popular artists on the radio aren’t given this freedom. That’s what makes LuxTides so unique; she pours meaning into every aspect of her career, whether it’s her lyrics or the reason behind a release date.

LuxTides has so much to offer the music industry. Please don’t let her talent go unnoticed. Show her some love on social media and your favorite streaming service!

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It’s All It’s Cracked Up To Be

After releasing their first self-titled EP in 2006, Fleet Foxes quickly swept the indie folk scene. It wasn’t until 2008 when they released their second EP “Sun Giant” did the band start to make a greater impact in the indie music world.

After their 2011 release “Helplessness Blues,” the band’s then drummer and now superstar extraordinaire Josh Tillman a.k.a. Father John Misty decided to leave. Fleet Foxes then went into hibernation not too soon after.

Fronted by Robin Pecknold, who sings and plays guitar, along with now permanent members, Skyler Skjelset (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Casey Wescott (keyboards), Christian Wargo (bass guitar) and Morgan Henderson (upright bass, woodwinds, violin, percussion), Fleet Foxes have risen out of their hiatus with a new piece of artistry titled “Crack-Up.”

This album works to be something separate from prior releases, but still holds true to the band’s indie folk roots. With tracks like “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” the wave of instrumentation washes over with a driving piano and bass lines that carry Pecknold’s voice and remind listeners what Fleet Foxes are all about. The song is like the ebb and flow of waves on a shore. Moments of nothing but an acoustic guitar and whisper-like vocals cut to the same driving guitars and percussion.

Other notable tracks include “Fool’s Errand,” an eerily upbeat rhythm that crescendos into a love song driven by Robin’s drawn-out lyrics. Although past albums were as genuine and raw, this album’s lyrics stand out as even more emotionally charged. When the hard hitting music subsides and it’s just Pecknold’s voice, this album has something more intimate.

If you’re already a fan of Fleet Foxes, dive right in to this album and don’t look back. If you’re looking for an album to sink your teeth into and want to find your new favorite band please be sure to give Fleets Foxes’ newest effort “Crack-Up” a wholehearted listen.

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