The Dials

The Dials

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

guitar, bass, farfisa, drums. dual vocals. the dials make it hard not to dance. it doesn't matter that you're a bad dancer.


The Dials were born when co-lead vocalists Rebecca Crawford (bass) and Patti Gran (guitar) simultaneously saved each other from their lingering and daunting search through the Chicago musician ads back in 2002. Upon meeting, an instant friendship and kinetic chemistry developed between the two as they played their prior projects for each other and discussed their mutual adoration of 60's girl-groups and 80's power pop. With the addition of a keyboardist and a drummer, they played their first show almost before they even agreed on a band name.

A few months, a drummer, and a keyboardist later, Crawford and Gran found themselves with half of the original line-up, but a quickly growing loyal fan base surrounding them. So with determination fueling their fire, they hit the pavement and recruited friend and major Dials fan Emily Dennison. Trading in her ivories for a farfisa, Dennison brought her unique ├»┬┐┬ŻBeethoven-gone-Devo' style to their sound. With the addition of a new drummer almost exactly at the same time, the band was back in action and recorded and released their Sick Times EP that winter 2003. Not only did the local press praise the EP, but national media also took notice of the Dials.

The Dials faced two more drummer line-up changes in late 2003 and early 2004, but without skipping a beat, they played on continuing to build their fan base with fill-in drummers while sharing the stage with bands such as, The Woggles, The Briefs, T.V. Smith, and Electrelane among others while they searched for the right permanent drummer. After having played with Crawford for years in her previous band, the puta-pons, and filling in for The Dials on occasion, their search was over when Douglas Meis officially joined The Dials in 2004. His energized, Moon-esque drum fury propelled the group along at that distinctive pace that continues to make The Dials irrepressibly danceable. The four of them stuck together like glue and recorded the band's first full length LP, Flex Time with Greg Norman of Electrical Audio (My Morning Jacket, Built to Spill ) for indie label Latest Flame during winter of 2004 at Norman's home studio located in Chicago. Local and International press continued to take notice of the Dials, with New City calling them one of "Rock City's Ten bands on the Verge" and "...the closest thing to a musical saving grace for the modern age...(Tom Lynch, New City, Nov. 18, 2005).

Sadly, on July 14, 2005, shortly before Flex Time was scheduled to be released, Dials' drummer Douglas Meis was killed in a terrible car crash by an alleged suicidal motorist along with Rebecca's husband John Glick of The Returnables, and Michael Dahlquist of Silkworm. Reeling from the sudden and tragic loss of their close friends and drummer, determination fueled a new kind of fire.

With the help of Chad Romanski (Sarge, Mirror America) on drums, the Dials were able to push forward after the incident releasing "Flex Time" as planned in November of 2005 in honor of what the Dials' believe Doug would have wanted for the band. Romanski has since officially joined the Dials and the band pushed forward with their new line-up, writing new material and sharing the stage with such bands as the B-52's, Psychedelic Furs, The Bell Rays, The Thermals, Tapes-n-Tapes, and The Living Things among others.

The Dials recorded their second full length album "Amoeba Amore" winter 2008 with engineer Jason Ward at Key Club Studio in Benton Harbor, MI (Fiery Furnaces, Electrelane) which was officially released May 26, 2008 on No Fun records. The Dials are planning on recording their third record this Fall of 2009.


"Sick Times" EP - January 2004
"Flex Time LP-November 2005, Latest Flame Records
"Amoeba Amore" LP June, 2008, No Fun Records

Set List

12-14 songs
Generally 35-45 minutes