The four people that came to be known as The Meridians began as an idea on a humid August day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pitt students Erin Dragan, and Josh Momper, had been in contact with one another for over a month before then, sharing their thoughts and experiences of music. In the beginnings of the school year, Dragan and Momper agreed to begin writing after a short jam at the student union's piano. So the duo began collaborating and working on the skeletons of original songs, like "Turn Around" and "He Said She Said." Both Dragan, a Poetry, Religion, and Women's Studies major and local musician, and Momper, a Pharmacy major and local restaurant pianist, knew that their songwriting chemistry was something that the Steel City hadn't seen in quite some time. In order to fill out the band, Josh recruited lifelong friend and drummer Nick Violette. Erin asked bassist and fellow Pitt student Phil Norbeck, if he wanted to try out for the band, and after a short rehearsal, Phil was asked to join. Soon, a name, proposed by Josh, was settled upon: The Meridians. After nearly a year of performing around the Pittsburgh area Nick Violette respectfully left the band for various reasons. Shortly thereafter Nick was replaced by Chad Purnell. Together, these four bandmates have fused an infectious blend of classic rock, blues and soul, but if you ask any of the members how they classify their music, they simply say, "rock n roll." Their songs reflect anything from common topics such as love and heartbreak to more conceptual ideas, such as global politics and mythology. There is a mystical thread running through Dragan's introspective lyrics, Momper's driving guitar, Norbeck's flavorful bass riffs, and Purnell's rock-solid drumming. Their stage performance is dynamic, and the three-part harmony supplied by Dragan, Momper, and Norbeck remind the listener of bands from a bygone era. Think music with raw and intense emotion is your bag? Check out The Meridians.
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