Meg & Dia
About Meg & Dia
Crafting a sound halfway between alternative rock and confessional singer/songwriter pop, Meg & Dia became recurring participants on the Warped Tour following their 2005 debut, Our Home Is Gone. They made their Billboard 200 debut with third album Here, Here and Here in 2009. Following 2011's Cocoon, the group temporarily disbanded, reuniting in 2019 for Happysad, a poppier set that welcomed prominent synths into the fold. In 2021, a warmer, folk-leaning turn was heard on singles including "Wherever I Go."
Meg & Dia began as a partnership between sisters Meg and Dia Frampton. The girls' father was a DJ who exposed his daughters to a wide range of music while they were growing up in Draper, Utah. They were also encouraged to express themselves through the music medium: Dia sang at county fairs, while Meg learned the guitar by playing along with the radio. Though the sisters played in several bands throughout their teens, they took a break from the music business when Meg relocated to Salt Lake City for college. By 2005, though, the Framptons were ready to try again, and Dia headed out to Salt Lake City to rejoin her sister.
In search of a bigger sound, the pair recruited drummer Nicholas Price, guitarist Kenji Chan, and bassist Ryan Groskreutz. The expanded band then toured in support of the debut album Our Home Is Gone, translating its acoustic sound into a larger, louder context in concert. Such activity caught the attention of Doghouse Records, which signed Meg & Dia late in 2005 and put them in the studio with producers Stacy Jones and Bill Lefler. The band spent 2006 in the studio and on the road, where they joined the Warped Tour for several shows that summer. Their first release for the Doghouse label, an EP entitled What Is It? A Fender Bender., arrived that same summer, with the full-length Something Real coming in August 2006. Chan left the band shortly thereafter and was replaced by Carlo Gimenez, and further changes occurred when Meg & Dia signed a major-label deal with Warner Bros. Warner reissued Something Real in mid-2007, just in time for Meg & Dia's inclusion on that year's Warped Tour.
The group released a second album with Warner Bros., 2009's Here, Here and Here, which peaked at number 103 on the Billboard 200. The label dropped the band one year later, though, prompting Meg & Dia to issue their fourth album, Cocoon, independently in April 2011. Weeks later, Dia began competing on The Voice, which became a prime-time smash that summer. She finished second, losing to Javier Colon but gaining a healthy amount of mainstream buzz nonetheless. The solo debut album Red followed on Republic Records in December 2011, and Meg & Dia temporarily disbanded.
Dia went on to pursue acting roles and graduated from the Upright Citizen Brigade's improv program. She eventually returned with the Nettwerk release Bruises in 2017. In the meantime, Meg played guitar in the live backing bands of Hilary Duff and Kate Nash, then headed back to Salt Lake City and opened a coffee shop. The sisters quietly reunited to write songs together after Dia approached Meg with the suggestion following a break of nearly eight years. They sought out a label, and, following appearances on that year's Warped Tour, the resulting Happysad arrived on Pure Noise in July 2019. Two months later, Meg & Dia embarked on a headlining tour of the U.S., and that November they issued the seasonal outing December, Darling, a mix of original songs and Christmas classics.
When Meg & Dia returned with "Break Me In" in mid-2021, it signified a gentler, acoustic-leaning approach reinforced on the follow-up single "Wherever I Go." ~ Heather Phares & Marcy Donelson