ILLUSIONS OF GRANDEUR TALK ABOUT THE CONTINUATION OF 'THE SIREN SAGA' AND THEIR NEW TRACK 'MIDNIGHT'
PLEASE TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF...
Illusions of Grandeur “I.O.G.”, is a Theatrical Hard Rock/Fantasy Metal band based in York, PA. I.O.G. has been touring in the United States as well as across the UK, Germany, France, and Ukraine since 2015.
I.O.G. has made appearances at various festivals including Sav Fest, Dewey Beach Music Festival, and Witney Music Festival. I.O.G. has shared the stage with artists as varied as DOPE, Motograter, September Mourning, New Year’s Day, Puddle of Mudd, Stryper, República, Stitched up Heart, and Otep.
I.O.G. 's Live show The Siren Saga is a story of the journeys, perils, and triumphs of the Siren and her warriors. The story mixes facts and fiction combining Greek and Norse Mythology, Sirens, Gods, and Archangels.
Illusions of Grandeur’s fierce and energetic live show have gained them a legion of fans dubbed “The Siren Nation” who follow them worldwide, at live shows, and on social media.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE
Illusions of Grandeur recently released a new single “Midnight” it is the next step for Illusions of Grandeur, the first single from the forthcoming album “The Siren Rises” which the band hopes to have released by early 2024. “Midnight” again takes the band musically into unfamiliar territory.
You can hear our new single Midnight here:
Illusions of Grandeur's new single is on all streaming platforms and available on CD single at shows https://songwhip.com/illusionsofgrandeur/midnight
WHICH SONG WOULD YOU SAY SUMS UP YOUR SOUND THE BEST?
I would have to say “Upon My Life” because of the mix of metal and rock also the tempo really shows off the band's playing. IOG’s “Upon My Life” video was shot live at the tail end of The Rise of The Demons tour 2022 at The Vanguard in Hampton, VA. Upon My Life captures a section of the band’s live show. Additionally, the “Take Me Alive” video was shot at the same show.
I would say the most requested song would be “Silent Suicide” from our debut album “The Songs of The Siren”, crowds love to sing along with that one.
WHAT DOES TYPICAL WRITING AND RECORDING DAY LOOK LIKE?
Illusions of Grandeur’s main music writer is Bassist CM Carroll with lyrics and melodies provided by The Siren. The entire band participates in the arranging and recording process and each member, as songs are produced, adds elements to it to create the overall song and sound. IOG is continuously writing, normally demoing 30-35 songs per album then finding the songs that carry the story and sound of the record.
Illusions of Grandeur’s latest album “The Siren” was recorded mainly in their private studio, Valley Road Recoding in Lancaster, PA. Vocal overdubs and additional tracking were done at multiple studios across the United States such as Sunset Sound and Western Audio in Los Angeles and Silk Studios in New Orleans, LA. Additionally, the tracks Falling, and Demons were Co-produced by David Ivory at Ivory Sound Studios. The final mixing and mastering were done at Valley Road Recording.
It was an amazing and varied experience as a majority of the writing took place before the 2020 pandemic and the record was made during the lockdown. This time allowed the band to experiment with different writing styles and sounds.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR BAND NAME?
The name originated from a time when Maggie “The Siren” was seeking out other musicians to form a band. A lot of the ads said, “No Illusions of Grandeur here” meaning they just wanted to play music, Maggie thought “Why no Illusions of Grandeur?” Life is short, go for what you dream and want!
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN'T MAKING MUSIC?
I do not remember a time when music wasn’t a force in my life, even before I played an instrument. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, it is who I am.
Illusions of Grandeur is a live band. We love being in the studio and creating, but on the love, stage is where the band really comes alive! Illusions of Grandeur’s live show “The Siren Saga” draws its storyline from the concept albums “The Songs of the Siren prt1” and “The Siren prt2”. Acting out the songs and story on stage amidst a light and video show. IOG’s fans The Siren Nation are amazing, supporting both in America and Europe.
2024 will see the release of Illusions of Grandeur’s “The Siren Rises pt1: Raven Witch” which will continue The Siren Saga from the previous two albums, taking The Siren further into battle with Hades.
Illusions of Grandeur’s The Siren Tour continues through the remainder of 2023 into 2024.
IOG are currently while tour producing their 3rd album the next story in The Siren Saga “The Siren Rises” which the band looks to have out in 2024.
Come see The Siren Saga Live and check out our latest single and video “Midnight”: https://youtu.be/vLNdfUGkbQM
Illusions of Grandeur's new single is on all streaming platforms and available on CD single at shows
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