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From The Fire REPUB­LIC ‘Sa­fari Song’ 6/10 AMER­I­CAN ROCK­ERS WHO’VE POS­SI­BLY HEARD OF LED ZEP­PELIN

Jimmy Page is sit­ting in his cas­tle at this very mo­ment, prob­a­bly, adding eye of newt and toe of frog to a well-used caul­dron, in an at­tempt to get Robert Plant to give up all this world mu­sic mess­ing and go back on the road with Led Zep. It’s never go­ing to hap­pen, but we’ll al­ways have heads like Greta Van Fleet striv­ing to fill that Ger­man Air­ship-shaped gap. If The Fleet were any more Zep, they’d be back at the ho­tel, get­ting down with mud sharks (look it up). You have to take your (wiz­ard’s) hat off to them for mak­ing ab­so­lutely no bones about it.

‘Sa­fari Song’ rat­tles along on a Bonzo beat – get those air drums down from the at­tic – over which young Josh Kiszka chan­nels his in­ner Percy, to in­quire of a “Mama” what she’s “gonna do with all that love in your heart”. His brother

Jake then comes in with a gui­tar solo that quotes, di­rectly, from ‘Houses Of The Holy’ and ‘Black Dog’. It’s fan­tas­tic, but then again, it was fan­tas­tic the first time too.

Like that old Zep B-side, ‘Hey, Hey, What Can I Do’? Great, here it is again – only this time it’s called ‘Flower Power’ (re­ally), and they even throw in the or­gan riff from ‘Your Time Is Gonna Come’, in case you’re still con­fused.

There’s a god-aw­ful cover of ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, and they veer a lit­tle too close to ’90s nonos Reef at times, but still, bet­ter to copy Zep­pelin than the likes of Cold­play.

Com­pletely ridicu­lous, but good sport all the same.

OUT NOW / PAT CARTY

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