A coming-of-age song of sorts, the track again sees Greta Van Fleet expanding their sonic palette beyond the restrictive classic-rock pastiche of their debut record. The prog-like Rush influences and subtle folk flourishes add new colors to the band’s sound. For the third consecutive single, Greta Van Fleet push the song past the five-minute mark as they stretch their musical ideas.
“Broken Bells is what the fetter of society does to impact a pure and innocent soul,” bassist Sam Kiszka said in a press release. “Our intention is to remove the obligation of generational synthetic expectations; break down these walls and not build new ones.”
The Battle at Garden’s Gate has been promoted as a more personal record, reflecting the “the individual members’ personal and spiritual growth during their rapid rise. It was produced by Greg Kurstin.
“There was a lot of self-evolution happening during the writing of this album that was prompted by experiences I had, experiences we all had,” vocalist Josh Kiszka said. “This album has taught us a lot, about life in general, about ourselves, about all of us, about the world we live in.”
In conjunction with the new single, Greta Van Fleet announced a limited edition “tie dye” double-LP pressing of the new album, featuring deluxe see-through packaging. You can pre-order the exclusive pressing for $36 via the band’s merch store and pre-order the album in other formats via Amazon.
Stream “Broken Bells” and check out the tie-dye vinyl pressing below.