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July 31st, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Meg & DiaMeg & Dia, the power-alt pop band consisting of sisters from Draper, Utah, Meg (guitar, vocals) and Dia Frampton (lead vocal), Nick Price (drums), Carlo Gimenez (guitar), Jonathan Snyder (bass), have signed with Warner Bros. Records and are currently rocking out on the Volcom stage of this summer's Warped Tour promoting their latest indie release, Something Real, in stores now.

These journal excerpts follow Meg & Dia over the past year on tour…how much some things can change in a year, while others not at all:
On the road, May 2006: "My body is broken and I just want to listen to silence on this last contemplative drive home from another tour. No music from the stereo. No conversation. Just lovely silence. Silence to think about the past two months on tour and perhaps a little farther. In April I celebrated my twenty-first birthday in a promoter's basement in Nebraska, grooving to tunes on a checkered dance floor and ending the festivities by smashing my leftover chocolate cake into my little sister's apprehensive face. Dia will be 19 in October. Who knows where we will be by then; fish markets in Seattle, a lonely theater in the scorching deserts of Utah…" - Meg

On how it all started: "For Christmas when we were kids, ironically Dia got the guitar and I got the karaoke machine. We quickly learned, however, what we were natural at and destined to become. She became really focused on her voice and began singing little country ditties at local county fairs and retirement centers. I started out playing whatever was on the radio or whatever happened to be in my buddies' CD player. My dad was a DJ in his early twenties so he had quite an extensive record collection that I listened to occasionally. After I experienced my first heartbreak and I thought the world was going to end, the natural way to console my tattered heart was to write a song. Of course my parents, being the supportive and loving caretakers they are, showered me with much undeserved praise and encouraged me to keep writing. My sister and I heeded their advice and began writing and playing original songs together." – Meg

Meg & DiaOn Nick joining the band: "After playing a few shows together we decided we needed a bigger sound and therefore needed a few more individuals. We hooked up with Nick Price, our current drummer in March 2005. Nick's involvement in the band initiated with a modest wreck I had in a Smith's parking lot. I needed a bumper replaced and Nick just happened to be my mechanic. He seemed interested in our project so I made him buy a CD in order to listen to us, (a minor gesture he still holds against me to this day.) After we tested out his drum skills, Dia and I did our usual interrogation: "How serious are you? Are you willing to eat, sleep, and breath, in sync' with us?" Basically the main question was: "Are you willing to give up your life?" His bleached buzz cut, over-sized motor cross T-shirts, and infatuation with Blink 182 left us more than skeptical. However, he has more than met our expectations. Not only is he an amazing dedicated musician; he has morphed into the responsible dad of the band and has actually taken the lead when it comes to business matters." - Meg

On songwriting: "It begins with a dream. Somewhere in between plunging off a cliff without any hope of reaching the bottom and finding myself nude in English class, a soft melody plays from a concealed jukebox. At this point I spring from my bed, grab my guitar, and if I am concerned about disturbing my sister, rush into a closet. Here, within my cube of concentration, is the moment when either a song is born or dies a slow nameless death. I repeat the jukebox melody several times in my head. Soon a chord progression and a song structure are laid out. The middle of the night is the paramount time to write lyrics. All day long thoughts are collected and as I lie in bed they are rearranged and settled. So by the time I am roused from sleep for a song writing session my thoughts are most focused and intense. After jotting down the basic structure and lyrics, I fall into bed reluctant yet exhausted and a bit apprehensive to how the song will take shape in the morning. The song is then presented to Dia. If she approves she'll learn the vocals, which she almost always recites perfectly after hearing it the first time. She'll then proceed to add her little quirks and particulars. Occasionally, after I have explained the lyrical content, she will modify a few lyrics here and there to convey the meaning more accurately." - Meg

On inspiration: "I write my songs about anything that can make me laugh, or cry, or really happy, which would usually be one of the two "L's": love and literature. If I'm not writing songs, or playing the guitar, I will most likely be found reading. I love English or British Literature written in the 18th and 19th centuries. You know, really old, classy fairy-tale stuff. Also, any American Literature from the 20's. I love Fitzgerald, Salinger, and Steinbeck. "Monster", the first single from Something Real, is about East of Eden written by Steinbeck. "Indiana", a favorite on the album is about the book, Indiana, written by George Sand. I stayed up late finishing that book. After I turned to the last page and my eyes fell upon the last word, I hurled the novel to the floor and called my sister. Wailing with sobs of uncontrollable volume (my neighbors can confirm this), I asked her how to soothe my tender heart. With slight annoyance in her voice, after patiently listening to my lamentations, she said very calmly and matter-of-factly, "Meg, write a song." Well, O.K. And that's pretty much how it happens most of the time." - Meg

Meg & DiaOn the road, Warped Tour June 2006: "This morning, for some odd reason, I rose before my cell phone alarm went off or my sister's elfin guise peeked through my bunk curtain to wake me. I lifted my body up with my elbows slowly so as not to smash my face on the roof of my bunk, (done that one too many times already), and cautiously rolled off my bed into the narrow hallway of our bus. Having a bus makes the whole Warped Tour Experience so much more enjoyable. If you haven't heard already, when we first arrived at Warped Tour after driving in our van across the country to get here, we found that we had rented a bus from a bogus bus company. With heavy hearts and light wallets, we bummed rides off of bands that we had befriended for those first couple nights. And now Wallah! Beds and a fridge and a microwave. It's incredible. Who could have known that I would have been so excited to come in contact with regular household appliances?" – Meg

On the road, Warped Tour July 2006: "This morning I felt the bus still bumping and groaning swiftly along the road beneath me. Not often do I wake before the bus arrives at the next Warped Tour site. That's right, I remember, today is our day off. No rushing around the bus with toothbrush in one hand and breakfast in the other. Today I can just lie here. I can just lie here and rest. The past two weeks race through my mind in one blurred memory. I feel the clothes from last night against my skin. (I never change into my pajamas). No need really. Sleep isn't a treasure or pleasure any more. Sleep is just a step that needs to take place in order to face the next day. My few necessary toiletries, i.e. my make-up bag, bathroom bag, books, phone charger are all lumped together in a pile at my feet. My purse is wedged in between my waste and my mattress, and the novel that I am currently reading for the second time, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, is strategically placed at my head along with my journal and a dictionary. I wrote "Monster" about a concept I discovered in East of Eden. I figured I'd refresh the idea in my mind on this tour since I play the song every day and I like to make sure I completely understand and remember what I wrote so I can play it like I mean it for listeners. I roll over and feel the slight pain in my body. Warped Tour really tears at one physically; especially a girl like me whose exercise before joining the tour consisted of walking to the refrigerator back to the couch at home. I remember the third day my ankles were swollen to the size of my calves so that my legs turned into my feet with no break in between." – Meg

On performing on-stage: "When our turn comes I calm my nerves, smooth out my skirt (well, I would have had I been wearing one), and take deep long breaths. Show time. Get ready, cuz our time to rock only lasts half an hour I say to myself. Dia and I open the set with some corny one liner. But whatever, I feel like the show is off to a good start. We all felt each other on stage and moved together with the music like a giant wave. Every once in a while Dia will take over and let herself go and the crowd just stares at her. I love it!...Then the glorious moment comes, somewhere between "Cardigan Weather" and "Monster" and I forget all my little insecurities and my body explodes with excitement and I run, and rip, and tear throughout the stage. This particular show Dia decides to tackle everybody so I end up on the floor on my back trying to get through the lasts chords of "Monster". But you know, it really doesn't matter. It doesn't matter much at all..." – Meg

Meg & DiaOn the road, October 2006: "In the van right now driving from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I just bought some new records that I probably shouldn't have gotten because of my tour budget, but they were vital to my happiness so…. oh well. I got Mew's, "And the Glass Handed Kites," and the new Killer's record, as well as Rufus Wainwright's "Poses." As some know, (how so many know I don't really know, ha!) it was my birthday recently. It was really lovely because my band surprised me onstage at our hometown Salt Lake show. They turned off all the lights and brought a birthday cake on stage and started singing Happy Birthday to me. I blushed ridiculous scarlet but it made me really happy that I could spend my birthday with lovely company.

Anyways, back to the point, on this one particular night, Nick was basically asleep at the wheel, so I casually thought I'd give it a try (for the hundredth time), "Hey Nick, buddy, I can drive if you'd like." To my complete astonishment he pulled off to the side of the road and jumped into the passenger seat. I was surprisingly nervous jumping into the huge driver's chair, the brake pedal so far from my feet. "The gas pedal kinda holds down if you push too hard, and be careful of the trailer behind"…. he said, slowly going off to dream land. I didn't quite understand the rest, as snores instantly followed. How some people can fall asleep so fast completely awes me.

In fact, I'm more like my waiter at this Italian restaurant, Marty, who talked with me about his bad insomnia problem for a while, before I decided to lighten up his bad day be creating a scavenger hunt for his tip. "Dear Marty, I'm sorry about your bad day. Lighten up; Life can be great…" it read on the table cloth. "Your first tip is behind the portrait of the cow near the men's restroom," and so on and so forth. I watched him read the tablecloth as I was exiting. I watched him burst out laughing and continued watching him through the window, smiling as he looked for his last couple dollars in a flower vase by the entrance. The last note read, "Sorry about your insomnia. I don't think I have the same case, but it does take me usually, at least an hour to go to bed. Try listening to comedians before you go to bed. That way, you'll be laughing as you go to sleep and will have good dreams. Or try reading a book about someone worse off. That way, you'll wake up in the morning…. grateful."

Meg & DiaRight now, I am just enjoying the beautiful scenery. I think, some reason, I find a very unique and rare, honest hint of joy in every tragedy. Every hope, every triumph, every memory of pleasure before pain, every gratitude, is so much more sweet, even though…in the end, it's just bittersweet. This is all for now. I would love to go to Russia someday. Today I'm going to Kansas. Kansas can still be an adventure." – Dia

Check out the brand new video for their latest single "Roses" which was also included on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack this spring:
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Tour Dates on Warped Tour:
7/20 - Tampa, Florida Vinoy Park
7/21 - Miami, Florida Bicentennial Park
7/22 - Orlando, FL Tinker Field
7/23 - Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphiteatre
7/24 - Virgina Beach, Virginia Verizon Wireless Amphiteatre
7/25 - Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/26 - Scranton, Pennsylvania Montage Mountain Amphiteatre
7/27 - Detroit, Michigan Comerica Park
7/28 - Tinley Park, Illinois First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/29 - Minneapolis, Minnesota Metrodome
7/31 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin Marcus Amphitheater
8/1 - Cincinati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center
8/2 - Cleveland, Ohio Time Warner Cable Amphiteater
8/3 - Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center
8/4 - Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
8/5 - Englishtown, New Jersey Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
8/7 - Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Amphiteatre
8/8 - Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Post Gazette Pavilion
8/9 - Mansfield, Massachusetts Tweeter Center
8/10 - Darien Center, New York Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
8/11 - Barrie, Ontario Molson Park
8/12 - Montreal, Quebec Park Jean Drapeau
8/14 - Maryland Heights, Missouri Verizon Wireless Amphiteatre
8/15 - Bonner Springs, Kansas Verizon Wireless Amphiteatre
8/17 - Nampa, Idaho Idaho Center Amp
8/18 - George, Washington Gorge Amphiteatre
8/19 - St. Helens, Oregon Columbia Meadows
8/22 - Fresno, California Selland Arena
8/23 - Marysville, California Sleep Train Amphiteatre Lot
8/24 - Chula Vista, California Coors Amphiteatre
8/25 - Carson, California Home Depot Center

w/ The Almost:
9/2 - Farmingdale, New York The Crazy Donkey
9/4 - Cambridge, Massachusetts Middle East Cafe
9/5 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Fillmore at the TLA
9/6 - Towson, Maryland Recher theater
9/7 - Norfolk, Virginia The Norva
9/8 - Charlotte, North Carolina Tremont Music Hall
9/9 - Columbia, South Carolina New Brookland Tavern

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