Grammy-winning rockers Greta Van Fleet have announced that their third studio album, Starcatcher, will arrive on July 21 via Lava/Republic/EMI Records. Pre-save/pre-order the set here. In addition to the album news, the band has released the set’s first single, “Meeting the Master.”
“‘Meeting the Master’ peers into an esoteric world heeded by the word of a wise teacher,” the band said in a statement. “Sung in the voice of a devout believer, and eventual group exclamation, the song details the love these fervent followers have for their teacher and their firm belief in his vision. It’s an exotic spiritual journey. A dark comedy that inevitably ends in chaos.”
According to a release, the new record is written and recorded by frontman Josh Kizska, guitarist Jake Kizska, bassist/keyboardist Sam Kizska and drummer Danny Wagner with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile). They recorded the tracks at RCA Studios in Nashville, and the band used the large recording room to “capture the pure energy of their world-renowned live performances.”
“We didn’t really have to force or be intense about writing, because everything that happened was very instinctual,” Jake said. “If anything, the record is our perspective, and sums up where we are as a group and individually as musicians.”
Listen to “Meeting the Master” and watch the official music video below.
Greta Van Fleet, Starcatcher Track List:
1. Fate Of The Faithful
2. Waited All Your Life
3. The Falling Sky
4. Sacred The Thread
5. Runway Blues
6. The Indigo Streak
7. Frozen Light
8. The Archer
9. Meeting The Master
10. Farewell For Now
I Talked to a Rock Hall Voter. Here’s Their 2023 Ballot.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters have about a month left to get their ballots in to determine the 2023 induction. With this year’s diverse field of nominees, it’s truly anyone’s guess what the 2023 class could look like.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s voting body comprises various artists, historians, and music industry professionals. Additionally, all previous inductees are voters for future classes after they’re inducted.
To get at least one perspective, I spoke with a Rock Hall voter I’ve known for a number of years and who’s been a voter since the 2018 class. An industry professional for 25 years, they have worked for a variety of brands and outlets. When considering their ballot, they base their voting on what they call the “Tom Morello criteria,” which the Rage Against the Machine guitarist explained when he inducted KISS in 2014.
“Impact, influence and awesomeness. ‘Awesomeness’ is obviously subjective,” said the Rock Hall voter. “Influence has always been my biggest factor, and impact figures in as well. But I’m a believer that huge sales are their own reward: just because an artist sold millions of records and played stadiums doesn’t mean they’d get my vote.”
The Rock Hall voter noted, “This is definitely the most difficult ballot I’ve experienced. Every year, there are two or three artists that I easily identify as someone I definitely wouldn’t vote for. This year, there are none of those.”
They added, “I really hope that all of these acts eventually get in. I had to make some really tough choices, including not voting for some of my favorite bands.”
Without further ado, let’s walk through our anonymous Rock Hall voter’s ballot and see why they did and didn’t vote for certain artists.