"Watching Over" - Greta Van Fleet [Audio Single]

Hard rock anthem pushes for environmental awareness
Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published September 7, 2018

Greta Van Fleet go dark and heavy with "Watching Over" — their new song that covers the subject of climate change.  Listen above, courtesy of the band's YouTube channel.

G.V.F. continue to evolve their classic '70s rock sensibilities.  The muscular rhythm section sets a solid foundation for nimble and energetic guitar playing perfectly suited to air guitar.  "Watching Over" may sound like a cross between CSNY's hippie anthem "Almost Cut My Hair" crossed with Led Zeppelin's hard rocker "No Quarter," but Greta Van Fleet put their personal stamp with strong songwriting and a cool sitar guitar sound that helps set a mystic tone.  

Lyrically, "Watching Over" points the finger at society for ignoring the effects of climate change and rising water levels.  Frontman Josh Kiszka taps into vintage Robert Plant as he references the natural and the supernatural while using his voice as an instrument. 

The song will be on the band's upcoming album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, which is set to be released on October 19.  Pick it up on Amazon.  In July, they released the first single from the album, "When The Curtain Falls."

The band shared some insight about their inspiration and what fans can expect in a press release:

Music, a dialect that enables us to communicate with no cultural or linguistic boundaries, that enriches and binds a human community emotionally and spiritually. It is a tool of peace and a revolution of the soul where freedom and harmony preside.

The world is a place of beauty… full of color, full of luster, diversity and synergy, where we can freely agree to disagree without acrimony. There is no darkness without light, each sunrise brings a new day; we grow, we learn, and we love. Then it is our turn to share our tales of wisdom, of love and loss, light and darkness, life and death, before we ourselves move on from this life.

We are searchers of truth as were our greatest ancestors. We are drifters, we wander lands of snow and sand in an age-old quest for answers that lie beyond this material plane. And in our search, we can encounter alluring deceptions that we mistakenly embrace as truths…sorcery.

Today… a time where innocence still survives, wonder abounds and hope resides.  Before us, an assembly of love, peace, and unity, a journey for wisdom, a renaissance.  We are on the precipice of adventure… a fresh chapter… a new age…

This is a call to arms… let us sing the Anthems of the Peaceful Army.

For tour dates and more, check out Greta Van Fleet's Zumic artist page.

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