The story of how Meg and Dia Frampton (pictured) became Pop/Punk crunchmeisters has more twists and turns than an upside down roller coaster. The first irony was, as kids, guitarist Meg got a karaoke machine for Christmas, and vocalist Dia got a guitar. After sorting things out, the Korean-American sisters started their first band in their Salt Lake City junior high, then graduated to an acoustic duo and finally assembled a band to self release their debut album, My Home Is Gone.
A year of touring led to a Doghouse contract and their 2006 sophomore album, Something Real, which showed their affinity for punchy Pop/Punk as well as the subtler lessons they learned acoustically. Next month finally sees the release of Meg & Dia’s third album, Here, Here and Here, which insiders are saying has the potential to break the band wide open. Commercial acceptance would be icing on an already tasty cake; Meg & Dia are already the real deal.
They play with Cute Is What We Aim For, Buffalo-based rockers who should be as recognized for their psychotic work ethic almost as much as their radio-friendly tunes. The average age of the musicians in the band is 21, but what they lack in age and experience, they make up for in stamina and endurance.
Dave Melillo, bassist and songwriter for Cute Is What We Aim For, finds that the band’s touring regiment — having kept the band on a perennial sonic campaign since 2005 — has allowed them to solidify a fan base that's unlike other competing groups.
The bands headline the "Take Action Tour," stopping at Bogart’s Wednesday night. Also on the bill are Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue and Anarbor.
Read an interview with Cute is What We Aim For here.