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Greta Van Fleet battles being "overly creative" with "Safari Song"

Credit: Ford FairchildGreta Van Fleet topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart earlier this year with their breakthrough hit "Highway Tune," and they're back in the top 15 on the tally with their new single, "Safari Song." As bassist Sam Kiszka tells ABC Radio, the original recording of "Safari Song" had a lot more "safari" in it.

"When we formatted 'Safari Song' for the first time, there was a lot more percussion," Kiszka explains. "We kind of, I don't wanna say Dumbed it down, but kinda simplified it in the studio."

In fact, that was important lesson for the young band, who are currently working on their full-length debut album.

"When you go in the studio, you go from four musicians to infinite musicians in there, you can layer, like, 30 guitars," says Kiszka. "I think the important part is learning how to do that in discretion."

Kiszka says he hopes Greta Van Fleet plays the original "Safari Song," which boasted a "cool drum interlude" live some day, but he, along his brother and guitarist Jake Kiszka, is happy with the final track.

"It was taking too many liberties and being overly creative," Jake says.

"Safari Song" appears on Greta Van Fleet's double-EP, From the Fires, which is out now. The band's tour U.S. tour in support of the compilation continues tonight in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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