Brad meets Meg & Dia… again

At an interview with Meg and Dia Frampton before their show at the Meridian in Houston, TX last spring, I was astounded. They proved to be intelligent in their conversation, and were as equally, if not more impressive, when they took the stage.This past Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Theatre, I found that The Meg & Dia Band has exceeded beyond the two sisters from a year ago mentally and musically. They have evolved into an allegory for progress through experience and sincerity through maturity.Since last spring, the band has accrued everything from experience to a new van. The band has just begun a tour headlined by Angels & Airwaves which adds to the three years of touring already under their belts. Admittedly, the band spoke of having to get used to being back on tour.”The first time back on stage after the break I felt like I had been touring for three years, and had lost all I had worked for,” said Meg. “By the second show, it came back.””It’s like riding a bike; you never forget,” said drummer Nick Price.The band has grown accustomed to the lifestyle of traveling on the road from show to show. It has taught them to be aware of other people and that you can never get to know somebody too much. They experience arduous hours on the road but have found solstice in methods for rest and the occasional indulgences of things like caffeine.”I try to get up really early so that by the time we’re done, I can just pass out,” said Meg. “I give myself a high five sometimes. I work hard and deserve it.”They started out on Doghouse records but since then have been ‘upstreamed’ to Warner Brothers. This change is significant to the progress of the bands’ success. Their growth defeats the stereotype that the bigger an artist gets, the more impersonal their place in the industry becomes.When they were upstreamed, a crew was assigned specifically to them and they have been fortunate to be coupled with a group that has supported what they do.”It has been amazing. It still feels like a family,” said Dia. “We knew everyone at Doghouse and it still seems the same way.”Along with growth in the industry the band has become a more cohesive unit. Carlo Gimenez (guitarist) and John Snyder (bassist) are now essential parts to the locomotive that is The Meg & Dia Band. Snyder was almost too “stoked” about his experience to reply, but he did not allow his position to be diminished.”This last year has been crazy. It has been good to be a part of it,” said Snyder.Though the band has played Vans Warped Tour for the last two years, they are bypassing it this summer to begin recording their sophomore album which they hope to release around September. Their debut album, Something Real, gathered much of its inspiration from novels that the sisters had read, but they have turned their muses’ eye in broader directions.The Meg & Dia Band has found that their writing is best when they’re honest and when they put a piece of themselves in it. The material that has been made so far deals with issues like getting married too young and a husband cheating on his wife. “It’s extremely important. People want to hear what we have to say,” said Meg. “It’s about how we choose to live in society.”When they took the stage, a spectacular state of self-assurance was ushered in. They played their most popular tunes while letting fans in on some of their new material. The Meg & Dia Band has toured all over the country but will travel to London for the ‘Give it a Name Festival’ and six or seven more dates in the UK.Substantial progress has been made in the last year for The Meg & Dia Band. In a year from now, they seek to have a new album and headline their own tour. Based on the progress of the past year, their goals are more than attainable.To see scenes from the show and an interview, visit http://www.mustbethegenes.com. To check out tour dates and other information, visit http://www.meganddia.com.

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