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Greta Van Fleet has been the subject of criticism pretty much ever since the release of their first single “Highway Tune.” With the release of their second studio album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate, coming this Friday (April 16), the band has some words for their haters.

In a new interview with U.K.’s The Guardian, singer Josh Kiszka said regarding various critiques of the band, “Some people are writing their articles in their mother’s basement and they’re pissed off that we’re doing something. If your career is writing negative things about people, I would think you’d have something better to do.”

Kiszka adds, “If you drop flaming nitrous in someone’s lap, I think they’ll notice. It’s a sign that we’ve done something to arouse people in some way or other. F— anybody for putting it down. This is what we’re going to do.”

What GVF is also going to do by the sounds of previews of The Battle at Garden’s Gate, is continue to lean into their spiritual influences. Kiszka told Rolling Stone when the album was first announced, “There are definitely Biblical references. Not just in the title, but throughout the entire album…This is a world with the ancient civilizations in it, just like our own parallel universe, really. It’s an analogy. Each song is a theme. A magnification of different cultures and civilizations inside of this world searching for some kind of salvation or enlightenment.”

The Battle at Garden’s Gate is currently available for pre-save on all major digital platforms here, with physical copies and album merch available at Shop.GretaVanFleet.com.

GALLERY: Greta Van Fleet – Lollapalooza Sao Paulo 2019

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.