Greta Van Fleet/Dorothy - Electric Factory
Saturday "led" me to the Electric Factory in Philly for what is the most anticipated rock band to hit any town this spring... Greta Van Fleet. Quickly, I walked and looked around the Electric Factory and it amazes me how much they have built it up over the years. My first visit was February 1996 for Tesla. Cold, damp warehouse with one upstairs bar. The Factory has come a long way in 22 years.
When the Factory is sold out it is simply packed. Oversold maybe? Hmmmmmm. Up first was Dorothy. Wanted to get there early to catch their opening set. Dig the new record and the debut. Plus, WMGM has them coming to play a listeners house on the 20th. Dorothy Martin's vocals are amazing. As I said when I reviewed Dorothy's new record, I'm a sucker for a female fronted rock band. Just when I saw Halestorm live for the first time and Lzzy Hale blew me away, Mz. Martin did the same thing. Leaning heavily on the new record "28 Days In The Valley" that includes their hit "Flawless", Martin and her band killed it in Philly. For me, the highllight of the whole evening was Martin's vocals. They commanded the stage and the entire Factory. Definitely a throw back, 70's vibe, perfect for what was to come. Even had a chance to chat with Dorothy after the show. 100% sweetheart.
Enter Greta Van Fleet. Opening with their debut track "Highway Tune", the sold out crowd knew every word with rock horns held high. Live, I did get the "Led Zeppelin" thing as much as I do when listening to the record. They just sounded like a young, hungry rock band. Dressed like it was 1976, Greta Van Fleet ripped through songs from their EP as well as unreleased tracks. Unlike Dorothy, Fleet didn't command the stage per say, but held the sold out crowds attention throughout. Maybe it was where I was standing, but the vocals weren't as clear as I expected like Dorothy's were. I imagine up front they were crystal clear from the crowds reaction. Despite that for me, Greta Van Fleet delivered a killer set that including the encore "Black Smoke Mountain" and "Safari Song". If they continue the road they're on, Greta Van Fleet should be around for a long time. Simple 3 minute melodic catchy songs that simply rock.
Always a killer night when you get two excellent bands on the same concert bill.