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Marquee Grand Talks about New Single and Upcoming EP

Emerging alt-rock band Marquee Grand recently released the single “Maybe” from their upcoming debut EP (due in January 2020)- a tantalizing taste of their high energy, infectious music that has led them to perform in conjunction with major bands like The 1975, Dashboard Confessional, and Blink-182.

The single is inspired by the band’s current journey through the music industry, as they rally around the support system they have in order to face the roller coaster of ups and downs that come with making a career in music. Their previous release “Not Finished Yet” resonated with fans and reached over 26,900 streams on Spotify. “Maybe” is an even stronger representation of the band’s cohesive musicality and burgeoning talent. Since the release of their debut single in 2018, Marquee Grand has brought a refreshingly modern style to Buffalo’s music scene. Comprised of members John Richter, TJ Luckman, Matt Lawniczak, and Josh Owczarzak, these Buffalo natives stand out above the rest with alt rock influences spanning the past few decades.

High energy performances make their live shows memorable as they radiate infectious melodies, unforgettable lyrics, and an anthemic attitude throughout each of their original tracks. We sat down to ask the band a few questions about their recent single and upcoming EP, as well as what they have in store for fans in 2020. Read below to see what they had to say.

Tell us about the song “Maybe” – what’s the story behind it?

The song is inspired by our journey so far as a band. There are many up’s and down’s to work through in this industry and rarely is anything certain. 

What’s your favorite lyrical line in the track?

Caught up in a wide-eyed dreamers overdose

The things that mean the most

Are hardest to reach

This lyric really sums up what it means to be in the middle of the grind at this level. 

What’s your usual process for creating music as a band?

90% of our songs start out on an acoustic guitar, and it’s probably 50/50 on lyrics over music first. A lot of ideas seem to come to me (John) while driving in the car and I’ll need to keep singing it over and over or record it on my phone until I can get to a guitar and hammer it out. Once the basics of the song are put together, then we get together as a full band and try to give as much energy to it as possible. If a song isn’t fun to play live, it’s not ready.

What have been the highlights of your career as a band thus far? What did you learn from them?

Our biggest highlight has been the opportunity to share the stage with Dashboard Confessional at a show in Buffalo, NY. It was a chance for us to perform in front of our largest crowd yet and it was an experience we are incredibly grateful for. We learned what to expect from a show of that caliber and we’re thirsty for more of it. Also in 2019, we began some weekend mini-tours. There’s a lot to learn when traveling and playing in an unfamiliar city. The most important is to make every show memorable,

Tell us about the album you have coming up…. can you share any information on what to expect?

The upcoming EP we have coming out is definitely something we’re proud of. The EP, self-titled ‘Marquee Grand’, is a journey through a slew of different feelings and situations that young adults and adolescents go through. At some point in time, all of us in the band have had these feelings and we poured them all into each track that’s on the EP.

Other than the upcoming album, what can fans expect to see from you in 2020?

We are working toward building up our fanbase and hopefully being able to tour next fall/winter. In addition, we are going to be working on some new music and will be releasing music more frequently next year. This past year was a growing experience for us, with a new band member, new songs and starting to really cut through the noise in the industry. All in all, in 2020, we’re looking to take a major step forward toward making music a full time career.