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Crafting a sound halfway between alternative rock and confessional singer/songwriter pop, the Utah-based band 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. 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 (and former mechanic) Nicholas Price, guitarist Kenji Chan, and bassist Ryan Groskreuetz; 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 the band late in 2005 and put them in the studio with producers Stacy Jones and Bill Lefler. Meg & Dia 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 out shortly thereafter. Chan left the band during the Fall and was replaced by Carlo Gimenez, and further changes occurred when Meg & Dia signed a major label deal with Warner Bros. Something Real was then released in summer 2007, just in time for Meg & Dia's inclusion on that year's Warped Tour. 2009 found the band releasing a second album on Warner Bros' dime, Here, Here and Here.
Bio: The Battleship Agenda is a Rock/Pop/Pop punk band from Denver, CO. It began with the demise of a handful of local Denver bands. Nick Ferro from 6afraidof7, Tyler Call and Kellen Niemeier from Falls Ruin, and Kat Barnes formerly of Random Hero. They started writing songs to record their debut EP S...See Full Bio
“Earlier this year, the people of Denver were hit with the bad news that one of their staple local bands, the Battleship Agenda, was taking an idefinite hiatus. The pop-punk rock band had been making waves on the local scene, playing shows across Colorado and placing high in radio sponsored competitions like 93.3‘s Big Gig and Hometown for the Holidays. But when 2010 arrived, vocalist Kat Barnes quit, followed by bassist Kellen Niemeier. The band chose bass player Casey Ottmann to fill both of the vacant shoes. Playing bass and taking over vocals, along with Nick Ferro, Ottmann joined just in time to be a part of the The Battleship Agenda performance on the Ernie Ball Stage at Van’s Warped Tour. So close to being complete again, the band suffered another loss when original member Tyler Call called it quits...”