British progressive rocker Steven Wilson did not hold back when talking about newcomers Greta Van Fleet.
During an interview with Denmark’s ‘myROCK’ podcast, Wilson talks about the band and the music business.
“You know that terrible band Greta Van Fleet,” Wilson said “Do you know that band? I think they’re absolutely abysmal. I think they’re terrible. I think it’s a joke. But they’re an example of a band, because they’re pretty young boys, they look like a boy band, they play this really piss-poor, third-rate impersonation of Led Zeppelin. But they’re pretty and they’ve had all the help of the media, the commercial machine behind them, and they’ve been able to reach a massive audience almost overnight by playing third-rate music. And I don’t believe for one minute that anyone will even remember who they are in 10 years. Now, I might be wrong — maybe they’ll prove me wrong. Maybe they’ll suddenly develop into a good band and make a good record. But the point is, at the moment, they’re not. They’re like a boy-band version of Led Zeppelin.”
“I’m not naïve,” he said. “I understand that a lot of the industry is based around being young, pretty, having the right kind of image and all that stuff. And I’ve never had any of those things. I’ve never been pretty. I mean, I have been young, but I’m not young now, so I understand. I’m 51 years old. That’s not gonna work. So there is this frustration that the media has been slightly resistant to what I do.”