THE DARKNESS frontman Justin Hawkins has defended GRETA VAN FLEET over accusations that the Michigan rockers have ripped off LED ZEPPELIN.
Despite the fact that GRETA VAN FLEET has managed to sell out shows all over the world, the four-piece has been criticized for channeling a sound uncannily similar to LED ZEPPELIN, with some music fans slamming singer Josh Kiszka for allegedly copy-and-pasting Robert Plant's vocal style.
During a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, Justin was asked for his opinion of GRETA VAN FLEET.
"The timbre of Josh Kiszka's voice is so similar to Robert Plant's that you can't help but be excited when you hear him sing," he said.
"There's lots of potential for them to be as amazing as LED ZEPPELIN, but they're going to need some better songs.
"When something like this comes along and everyone gets excited, it shows you how little we have to offer as a genre. That's not to slag them off, because I think they have the potential to be amazing.
"They could be the next phase of what LED ZEPPELIN should have been doing. There's nothing wrong with adopting classic rock choreography and clothes, but you have to kick on from there."
GRETA VAN FLEET's debut album, "Anthem Of The Peaceful Army", landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart in July 2018 despite earning a lukewarm 53/100 score on review curation site Metacritic.
In December, GRETA VAN FLEET scored four Grammy Award nominations, one for each major rock category — "Best Rock Album", "Best Rock Song", "Best Rock Performance" — and a "Best New Artist" nod. They went on to win for "Best Rock Album" for their sophomore EP, "From The Fires".