During a recent appearance on the DOMKcast, Greta Van Fleet guitarist Jake Kiszka was asked to compare the band’s upcoming full-length debut album to their first two EPs – ‘Black Smoke Rising’ and ‘From the Fires’ – to which he replied (via Blabbermouth):
“It has some commonalities, but as far as how those two things differ, we had the ability to sit down with all the material that have written and go, ‘Okay, now we have the ability to put something together that is a complete thought.’ Whereas EPs are just kind of concepts – just short pieces – where now we have something that is one full complete thought.
“Because we’d stopped touring – we had pretty much been rigorously touring for the last maybe year and a half – we had these two weeks where all of this material started to kind of come to us.
“I’d say about 50% of the album was material that was spontaneously written within the actual recording process of the album. So we started tracking a bunch of things that we’ve been writing while recording, and we’d just throw it down at the end of the night and have [basic] tracks to work from.
“In the similar light to ‘Black Smoke Rising’ and ‘From the Fires’, there was a collection of material that spanned probably about three years ago and material that was written right on the spot.
“And as we went along, [we would go], ‘Okay, this song kind of fits here, and that leads to this,’ and that helped us navigate what we wanted to put on the album.”