In an interview with NME, GRETA VAN FLEET guitarist Jake Kiszka shared an update on the band’s second album, which will mark the follow-up to the group’s 2018 studio debut Anthem of the Peaceful Army.
He said: “There’s a little evolution, I suppose, with everything. We’re working on something quite different, I suppose.
“It’s interesting, ’cause we never know exactly what an album’s gonna look like; it can only be so premeditated. But as it sort of unfolds now, it’s an example of where we are musically right now. So it’s definitely much different than ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army’ would have been.”
Bassist Sam Kiszka: “I think it’s really the next step in the evolution of what we want to do.”
Continued Jake: “Yeah, ’cause now I suppose we have a little bit more leniency on the more outlandish stuff that we wanna do.”
Said Sam: “I think as far as the entire intent goes, I think [it’s] just incorporating more sounds, more tones, more styles of music, perhaps, and kind of taking a step in the cinematic direction.”
Jake went on to say: “I suppose another question on this album as well was, like, ‘What hasn’t been done and how many rules can we break?’ ‘Cause that’s when you really start creating something unique.”
Anthem of the Peaceful Army was released on October 19, 2018, and follows the band’s two EP releases, Black Smoke Rising and From the Fires. The first single, “When the Curtain Falls,” was released in July 2018. The album was the top selling album in its debut week in the US, selling 80,000 copies. Factoring in album equivalent units, it debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. A second single, “You’re the One” was released around the time of the album’s release.