Illusions of Grandeur is a Theatrical Hard Rock/Fantasy Metal band based in Lancaster, PA. In 2015 they took the PA and NJ scenes by storm, debuting “The Siren Saga” live show. The Siren Saga is a story of the journeys, perils, and triumphs of the Siren and her warriors. The story mixes fact and fiction combining Greek and Norse Mythology, Sirens, Viking Warriors, Archangels and Kharon “The Ferryman”. The first part, “The Songs of the Siren”, was released on Pavement Entertainment in 2019
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Maggie: Our debut album, The Songs of the Siren, was released on August 30th, 2019 on Pavement Entertainment. We are working on multiple music videos. The first to be released is for our song ‘Mayhem’.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Maggie: The band was formed in 2015 by Maggie Carlton and CM Carroll. We began touring and playing shows in 2016.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Maggie: We started this band to play our own music, and play to my vocal style. CM and I have been in bands together before, but we wanted to take things in our own direction.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Maggie: I started singing and performing at a very young age, with my first performance at 4 years old. In school, I was in chorus, select chorus, county chorus as well as performing in multiple musicals throughout my entire school career. I have been in many bands, and also had some classical and opera vocal training.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Maggie: Our music conveys ideas of Greek and Norse mythology, mixed with double entendres to show actual emotions and experiences of life.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Maggie: A definite goal is to be a national and international touring band.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Maggie: Performance is definitely where my heart lies. While recording and writing have their own rewards, nothing is like being on stage.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Maggie: The song lyrics tell a story about a mash-up of Greek and Norse Mythology, specifically about the tales of the sirens. My own emotions and experiences are embedded in the lyrics as well.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Maggie: The song and the emotion behind it.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Maggie: I don’t know if I’d call it outrageous, but one story that will stick with me forever is being on tour in England and a festival-goer died in the crowd. They stopped the festival and had people clear the grounds in front of the stage area to try and save the poor man. The energy was intense and it is definitely something I will never forget.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Maggie: Someone once asked for a lock of my hair.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Maggie: My family and close friends have been by my side since the beginning. My dad is my biggest advocate, and of course, my partner CM has been a huge influence on our continued success.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Maggie: Keep going, don’t let anything stop you. Promote, promote, promote. Get on every social media source you can. Also, be genuine and gracious to your fans.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Maggie: Silent Suicide, Red Sky Morning, Lullabies
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Maggie: As a child, LED Zeppelin and Janis Joplin were huge influences of mine to perform. Their emotion was something I could see and feel in their performance. Now, I would have to say Korn and In This Moment inspire me the most. Jonathan Davis emotes every emotion and lyric in his songs, to me. Maria Brink is a beast. I love the way she puts on a show, minus the crazy breaks in between songs for costume changes. Still, a powerful female vocalist.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Maggie: Korn, In This Moment, Pantera(you said dream), and Rob Zombie
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Maggie: Touring overseas
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Maggie: I’d be a personal trainer.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Maggie: x32 IEM system and Sure wireless mic
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Maggie: It varies.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Maggie: I’m a big fan of old school hip hop.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Maggie: Please check out our debut album, The Songs of the Siren, available on Pavement Entertainment on August 30th, 2019. Check out our gratis track, Red Sky Morning, available now on iTunes and Spotify. Thank you to all of our fans, friends, and family for your continued support!
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