Have you often wondered what future of entertainment looks like when the stars we grew up with eventually fade away? There is faith to be found in the next generation of rock and roll musicians. They tend to often emulate the sound that came before them. Though the songs are different, the sounds we grew up with remain the same. Here is a look at some of the biggest young stars of today carrying the torch for rock and roll.
Wolfgang Van Halen
Hot off a successful debut record released in 2021, Wolfgang Van Halen is stepping out of his father’s shadow. Ditching the families famous ‘tapping” style of playing, Wolfgang leans into hard rock, fast paced in your face tunes. “Don’t Back Down”, “Distance” “Goodbye” all hit hard emotionally, with “Distance” being about Wolfgang’s late father Eddie. Wolfgang intends to release a second record this year, now fully embracing his fathers legacy with a song featuring a ripping tapping solo.
If Uriah Heep and Aerosmith had a musical child, it would be Dirty Honey. The bluesy band from Los Angeles is one of the most successful unsigned acts of the last 10 years. Releasing just two self-titled records, the band evokes the sound of the sunset strip of the 80’s. Front man Marc Labelle’s vocals eerily recall Aerosmith Steven Tyler’s, so much so that the group covers “Last Child” frequently. Dirty Honey recently completed a massive tour with the Black Crowes and are rumored to be releasing a new (likely self-titled record) soon.
Greta Van Fleet
The comparisons to the great Led Zeppelin here are uncanny. With their bass player even taking the reins on the keyboards much like John Paul Jones once did. Though the comparisons stop there, featuring original hard-hitting rock, Greta Van Fleet prove why they are Grammy Nominated. They even manage to make 6 minute long songs popular again with “Lover Leaver” and “Age Of Machine” amongst their best work.
The Pretty Reckless
Former child actress Taylor Momsen (The Grinch, Gossip Girl) proves that women can rock just as hard as the men. Rather than chose a career in pop like many of her contemporaries, Momsen chose a heavier path. The Pretty Reckless have seven number one singles, more than Chrissie Hynde did with the Pretenders. Their hard rock sound recalls ACDC and led zeppelin esque riffs. Pink Floyd is even invoked on hit single “Heaven Knows” when played live. Looking for great female fronted rock, The Pretty Reckless lead the charge.
The sound of Queen is alive and well thanks to the glam rock stylings of The Struts. The Derbyshire based band have cited the legendary 70’s group as an influence. Front man Luke Spiller has even been known to join The Foo Fighters on stage for a performance of Under Pressure. The band have released three records and are planning on touring this summer.
The 2010’s answer to The White Stripes, bass player Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher prove tat you don’t need a band to rock. The duo released their successful debut single “Figure It Out” in 2015 and it proved that the bass is just as vital to a band as any guitar. The band have released three records, with a new single “Honeybrains” released last year. Royal Blood are scheduled to play select festival dates this year.
Let me know in the comments what new bands you are most excited about these days.