“Lover Leaver Taker Believer” is a song of Greta Van Fleet is an American rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, formed in 2012. It consists of vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka, and drummer Danny Wagner. They were signed to Lava Records in March 2017 and a month later the band released their debut studio EP, Black Smoke Rising. Their debut single, “Highway Tune“, topped the Billboard US Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts in September 2017 for four weeks in a row. A second EP From the Fires, containing the four songs from Black Smoke Rising and four new songs, was released on November 10, 2017, alongside a second single, “Safari Song“. Their debut full length studio album, yet to be titled, is scheduled for release in late 2018, with the first single, “When the Curtain Falls“, being released ahead of it in July 2018. The band’s heavy rock sound is influenced by the work of Led Zeppelin and many other rock and blues acts, with lead vocalist Josh Kiszka having a voice that has been compared to Robert Plant’s “husky howl.”
The band was formed in Frankenmuth, Michigan in 2012 by brothers Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka, and Jake Kiszka, plus Kyle Hauck. Hauck left the band in October 2013 and was replaced by Danny Wagner the same year. The band name was created when one of its members heard a relative mention Gretna Van Fleet, a resident of Frankenmuth; their use of the variation on her name was done with her (subsequent) blessing. At the time Hauck was the drummer, the band recorded and released three songs: “Highway Tune”, “Load Train”, and “Standing On”. On February 28, 2014, a live EP was recorded in one take and subsequently released on June 7, 2014. In 2014, their song “Standing On” was featured in 2014 Chevy Equinox advertisements in the Detroit area. It is one of several songs, along with “By the Riverside”, “Cloud Train”, “Lover, Leaver, Taker, Believer”, “Down to the River”, “Sing in the Rain”, “Thunder Stomp”, “You’re the One”, and “Written in Gold”, that were previously released but are currently unavailable.
Greta Van Fleet’s music has been categorized as hard rock and blues rock. Although all four members bonded over blues, each does have his own music tastes; Jake gravitates towards rock and roll, Sam likes jazz, Danny prefers folk, and Josh likes world music. Sam stated that “It’s not like we set out to be a rock and roll band, it’s just that sound that comes out [when] we get together and play.” Songwriting is done by the band as a whole after one of the four members finds the concept for a song. Danny said a lot of their songs are first written in a “folk set up” before evolving into something else.