Sound for Generations
Greta Van Fleet, The Hunna
March Of The Peaceful Army at Wien METAStadt Open Air presented by Arcadia Live, radio 88.6, VOLUME.at, Raiffeisen Club NÖ-Wien and Addicted To Rock, METAStadt Wien, Austria 20190709
It’s summer time in the city. After the heatwave the temperatures got more human again, and nice to discover another venue. Because Vienna has got a new open air location, accommodating five thousand visitors: the METAStadt hosted by Arcadia Live.
Within a week, the 22nd district Donaustadt witnesses three different show: 1975 with Two Door Cinema Club, Scooter with Grossstadtgeflüster, and the combination of this evening, starting with The Hunna. Coming from England, the band comes with a quite heavy sound, making the early guests of the sold out place already move and waving their arms in the air. The frisky mood they bear will stay within the audience for the whole event.
Tonight’s main act Greta Van Fleet divides the critics. As fans of Classic (Blues) Rock, they follow known paths. Nothing actually new, that’s true. But their love for this music, they transmit to their audience. With only about twenty years, they deliver an incredible professional show, one reason for their fast ascent. Most compare them to Led Zeppelin, but you can read of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy or Cream too. The voice of singer Josh also reminds of amazing Ryanne van Dorst of Dool. With Churchpenny Allstars, Vienna even has got its own partners in crime (who will play at the Local this Friday).
The band starts the set with their most famous tunes, making excited of what will happen and with the title track of their debut EP “Black Smoke Rising” including a clear highlight. In the middle they perform two covers of Labi Siffre and John Denver. The sound appears a bit bassy depending on where you stand. But no matter the age, with grey hair or enjoying school holidays, everyone seems to be moving. Getting closer to the end, the group more and more falls into extended instrumental jamming, making them even more likeable. A beautiful thing having young and old united through sound and a great pleasure, followed by an Addicted To Rock aftershow with tunes of e.g. Tenacious D.