Greta Van Fleet unveil "The Falling Sky" video, new album 'Starcatcher' reaches #1 on multiple Billboard charts

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Grammy-winning rock band Greta Van Fleet is unveiling the new video for their much-lauded track “The Falling Sky,” directed by the band alongside Gus Black; watch/share HERE. The song hails from the band’s critically acclaimed new album Starcatcher on Lava/Republic Records and is currently charting in the Top 25 at Active Rock Radio.

Of collaborating with the band to direct the video, Black shares, “I’d say we pushed even harder on this one to create something visceral and visually stunning. I felt a deeper connection to the band during the process of creating the video and I value that aspect of our collaboration as much as the work itself.”

Jake adds of the video, “A peer into the wilds of a starlit oblivion, this visual representation of The Falling Sky demonstrates the darkness and barbarity in a world filled with such duality. in essence, a reminder of the complexity of the human soul and all it is capable of enduring; a letter of love written to the rising sun.”

Starcatcher debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 chart and reached #1 on the Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock & Alternative Albums, plus it charted internationally in Germany (#2), Switzerland (#2), Belgium (#4), Austria (#6), the Netherlands (#7), the UK (#8), Italy (#18) and Canada (#19). Starcatcher is the band’s second top 10 album, following 2021’s The Battle at Garden’s Gate.

The band is currently on their extensive, much-lauded Starcatcher World Tour in support of the new record. The tour, produced by Live Nation, includes upcoming stops at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York and TD Garden in Boston as well as London’s OVO Arena Wembley and more; see below for a complete list of dates. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE. The Starcatcher World Tour includes support from special guests Surf Curse, Mt. Joy and others. Of the live show the Dallas Observer raves, “they put on a fantastic, high-energy, old-fashioned rock and roll show. It's nice to see a new generation being able to experience that for themselves.” adds, “the big stage with duel catwalks, complemented by stunning pyrotechnics, created an electrifying atmosphere and some very happy fans,” while Las Vegas Magazine notes “these are performers worth seeing” and Westword raves “the quartet has grown into a fierce force to be reckoned with.”

Greta Van Fleet will also be touring throughout Europe, starting in Hamburg, Germany on November 6 with further international stops in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam and more.

Of the new album, lead singer Josh Kiszka states, “Starcatcher is a dangerous and delightful expedition into a both violent and gentle dreamlike landscape. A purgatory of duality where brutality and beauty clash like a thunderstorm of stillness. Neither fact nor fiction inhabit the far reaches of this surrealist world. A storybook for the fighters and lovers alike Starcatcher captures a certain wonder on the fringe of mayhem.”

Starcatcher is written and recorded by the band—lead singer Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist/keyboardist Sam Kiszka and drummer Danny Wagner—alongside Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile). Recorded at the legendary RCA Studios in Nashville, the band utilized the large recording room to capture the pure energy of their world-renowned live performances.

Throughout the ten-song collection the band explores the duality of fantasy versus reality and the contrast between light and darkness. “We had this idea that we wanted to tell these stories to build a universe,” says Wagner. “We wanted to introduce characters and motifs and these ideas that would come about here and there throughout our careers through this world.”

In celebration of the new album, the band has launched a new puzzle box, available HERE. Additionally, several vinyl variants are available including an exclusive black glitter vinyl, available for purchase HERE. The band is also offering a red glitter vinyl, exclusive to Target, as well as an opaque vinyl available at select record stores across the country.

The band took multiple concepts from critically acclaimed sophomore album The Battle at Garden’s Gate and brought them into Starcatcher, although Sam’s take on the new record’s big ideas hint instead at new beginnings. “When I imagine the world of Starcatcher, I think of the cosmos,” he says. “It makes me ask a lot of questions, like ‘Where did we come from?’ or ‘What are we doing here?’ But it’s also questions like, ‘What is this consciousness that we have, and where did it come from?’”

The band is best known for their renowned live performances, selling over one million tickets worldwide. They sold out their entire 2022 arena tour, holding a special energy between them and their devoted fans. With Starcatcher the band aims to capture that energy in the recording studio.

Starcatcher follows their acclaimed sophomore album The Battle at Garden’s Gate, released in 2021 to extensive chart and critical success. The album debuted at #1 Billboard Rock Album, #1 Billboard Hard Rock Album, #1 Billboard Vinyl Album, #2 Billboard Top Album Sales and in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. Their From The Fires EP, released in 2017, won Best Rock Album at the 61st Grammy Awards.

Forming in Frankenmuth, Michigan in 2012, Greta Van Fleet consists of three brothers—vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka and bassist/keyboardist Sam Kiszka—as well as drummer Danny Wagner. Together they have performed across multiple continents, sold over 3.5 million records worldwide and performed on late night television shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

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

September 3—St. Paul, MN—Xcel Energy Center*
September 6—Chicago, IL—Allstate Arena*
September 8—Detroit, MI—Little Caesars Arena*
September 11—Washington, D.C.—Capital One Arena*
September 12—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden*
September 15—Boston, MA—TD Garden*
September 16-17—Asbury Park, NJ—Sea Hear Now Festival 2023
September 19—Philadelphia, PA—Wells Fargo Center*
September 22—Indianapolis, IN—Gainbridge Fieldhouse*
September 23—Cleveland, OH—Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse*
November 6—Hamburg, Germany—Sporthalle†
November 8—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Ziggo Dome†
November 9—Paris, France—Accor Arena†
November 12—Brussels, Belgium—Forest National†
November 14—London, UK—OVO Arena Wembley†
November 16—Dublin, Ireland—3Arena†
November 19—Manchester, UK—AO Arena†
November 20—Glasgow, UK—OVO Hydro†
November 26—Copenhagen, Denmark—Forum‡
November 28—Munich, Germany—Zenith‡
November 30—Bologna, Italy—Unipol Arena‡
December 3—Barcelona, Spain—Sant Jordi Club‡
December 4—Madrid, Spain—WiZink Center‡
December 6—Lisbon, Portugal—Campo Pequeno‡
September 20, 2024—Mexico City, Mexico —Foro Sol§
September 27, 2024—Mexico City, Mexico —Foro Sol§
*with Surf Curse
†with Mt. Joy and Hannah Wicklund
‡with Black Honey and Hannah Wicklund
§as part of Metallica: M72 World Tour