Monday, June 18, 2018

Scott Danbom of Texas alt-country pioneers Centro-matic (“an artist’s band, a muse to the creative.” – No Depression) announces solo debut, out July 27th.

Recording as Static Diary, songs span genres from ethereal keyboard-vocal arrangements to ambient-instrumental concepts. Hear “UFO’s” at PopMatters.

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Scott Danbom of Static Diary as photographed by Jenny VanDivier.

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“It’s an adventure... Unassumingly infectious.” – Jonathan Frahm of PopMatters on Static Diary




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Static Diary – Live

Denton / Dallas! Sat., July 28th: See Static Diary live! Record release show (w/ Margaret Chavez) at Dan’s Silver Leaf. Info / RSVP here.

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About Static Diary

“I’ve always been fascinated with UFO’s,” says Denton, Texas-based Scott Danbom of the track taken from the former Centro-Matic member’s debut solo album under the name Static Diary. “‘Close Encounters of The Third Kind’ is my favorite film.” Hear “UFO’s” now at PopMatters here. “This song also reminds me of the kind of songwriting that I fell in love with as a kid,” Danbom continues.

Static Diary’s self-titled full-length arrives on July 27th via Goliad Media Group, and Danbom will play a record release show at Denton venue Dan’s Silver Leaf the following evening alongside label mate Margaret Chavez, the solo moniker of Marcus William Striplin of Pleasant Grove, who also released a solo record on the Goliad Media Group label earlier this year.

In addition to his work with the pioneering alt-country band Centro-matic, Danbom is a veteran performer and accompanist, who has also worked with Centro-matic leader Will Johnson (who appears on Static Diary), as well as Sarah Jaffe, Drive-By Truckers, and many more throughout his long career. As Danbom explains, Goliad’s Chris Welch played an integral role in motivating Danbom to bring his debut solo album into existence.

“Talking to Chris about my work, and the idea of Goliad as an outlet that could capture some of what had been collecting throughout the years, really inspired the latest collection of ideas and songs,” he says. The record is a long time coming for Danbom, who has been composing since he was a child.

“I’ve been writing and arranging pretty much since the first time I sat down at the piano,” he says. “I entered a couple of composition contests in early grade school, and the first synth I owned inspired countless compositions in high school and college.”

Even so, while Danbom has had the good fortune to play with many prolific writers and original voices throughout his professional life, he confesses that this scenario “can stall your confidence when you are trying to find your own voice. It was always in the back of my mind to find a situation where I could focus this creative energy.”

With Static Diary, Danbom succeeds at bringing his haunting keyboard and vocal arrangements, and his experimental ambient and instrumental concepts, together under one roof. He describes these divergent artistic personalities as “a word and a symbol that mean the same thing but just have a blurry, different feel. Nothing too complex and nothing too simple.”

Static Diary, the debut solo album by Scott Danbom, arrives July 27th, 2018 via Goliad Media Group.  Danbom is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


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Static Diary
S/T
(Goliad Media Group)
July 27th, 2018


Track Listing:

01. One Song
02. Phrase From Business
03. Cone
04. fORTRAN
05. UFO’s (YOUTUBE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
06. Snippet
07. Remember
08. Pump
09. Grace
10. Carefully Poisoned
11. N5IWN
12. Open Close Letter

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Static Diary Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Friday, June 15, 2018

The March Divide bows “infectiously poppy” first single from upcoming “Anticipation Pops,” San Antonio songwriter’s fourth full-length, out Aug. 24th.

Jared Putnam discusses upcoming Mike Major (At The Drive In, Sparta, Gone Is Gone)-produced album with Glide Magazine. Hear “I Don’t Care” now.

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Jared Putnam of The March Divide as photographed by Josh Huskin.

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The March Divide – In The Press

“Impressively hooky.” — American Songwriter

“Completely clever.” — Performer

“Bittersweet beauty.” —  Impose

“Catchy hooks and memorable lines.” — Innocent Words

“Eloquently simple and concise.” — Atwood

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Glide Magazine calls “I Don’t Care” “infectiously poppy.” Hear the first single from the fourth album by The March Divide here or at the link below!



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You think we’d know Jared Putnam by now. 

Over the course of three albums, five EPs, numerous singles, and a batch of cover songs in a mere half-decade, Putnam’s mostly one-man project The March Divide has delivered a seemingly unending stream of songs that have established the San Antonio-based artist as one of the best rock songwriters working today.

Today, Putnam releases “I Don’t Care”, the first single from Anticipation Pops (Aug. 24th, Slow Start Records), the upcoming fourth album by The March Divide, produced by Mike Major (At The Drive In, Sparta, Gone Is Gone). Hear the track now and read an interview with Putnam courtesy of Glide Magazine.

Putnam says of the tune, “I think there’s something really special about a two-minute pop song, it’s like a shot of adrenaline. Writing a song like that is like a flash. It’s a slow build of liberation and confidence, expressed in two minutes.”

Anticipation Pops is Putnam’s best work to date, mostly because the ten songs here reveal a greater emotional depth, along with performances, and lyrics, that go beyond anything that Putnam has offered up before. Perhaps his near-manic recording and touring schedule was prologue that has led to the relatable sensitivity that is this album.

“This record feels like a new direction,” Putnam says.

Putnam claims that the work on Anticipation Pops represent a thematic “consistent inconsistency,” different from his more planned past albums. And while he dials that back when he agrees that the album is cohesive, he’s either being modest, or is far enough outside of his comfort zone now not to notice that Anticipation Pops is actually his most thematic record of all.

Writing ten personal songs from a unique perspective, but relatable to everyone, is an artistic goal most songwriters never achieve. Putnam affirms that he made Anticipation Pops by deciding, “this is what I’m doing, take it or leave it.” Apparently he didn’t know that the result would be the work his fans can care for most of all.

Anticipation Pops, the fourth full-length album by The March Divide is out August 24th, 2018, on the artist’s recently co-founded Slow Start Records label. The album’s first single “I Don’t Care” is available now along with digital, CD and vinyl pre-orders at Bandcamp.

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The March Divide – Live

6/23/2018: San Antonio, TX @ The Point Park & Eats (w/ Brightwire)
6/30/2018: San Antonio, TX @ Fralo’s Pizza
7/28/2018: San Antonio, TX @ Fralo’s Pizza
8/24/2018: San Antonio, TX @ Ventura (Record Release Show)
8/25/2018: Wichita Falls, TX @ Mustang Bar
9/8/2018: El Paso, TX @ Monarch (Record Release Show)

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The March Divide
Anticipation Pops
(Slow Start Records)
Aug, 24th, 2018


Track Listing:

01. I Don’t Care (STREAM | MP3)
02. Spinning
03. Overexposure
04. We’ve Got Time
05. Stevie Doesn’t Know
06. I’ve Got Mine
07. Tie One On
08. To All My Friends
09. I Will Run To You
10. Lucky

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The March Divide Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Dreampop trio Sleepspent, led by 21-year-old Austin North, launches three-week tour at hometown El Paso show this evening.


Chris Common (Minus The Bear, Chelsea Wolfe)-produced debut out now. Hear “Come Smile With Me” single at All Things Go.

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Sleepspent (L-R): Cecilia Otero, Josh Mendoza, Austin North. Photo credit: Jon-Carlo Diaz.

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Check out the premiere of “Come Smile With Me” by Sleepspent at All Things Go or on your platform of choice at the link below!

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“Hypnotically bittersweet.” — The Big Takeover

“Deep, focused vocals seem to glide effortlessly through a dense fog as a rhythm of soft strings keeps us on target. This may be the perfect soundtrack to the morning.” — All Things Go

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About Sleepspent

‘Come Smile With Me’ started out being written while I was in still in San Diego,” says 21-year-old songwriter and guitarist, Austin North of the song (hear it at All Things Go), the latest single from his band Sleepspent’s debut EP, out now via El Paso-based Slow Start Records. Sleepspent launches a tour at hometown venue Neon Rose this evening, June 7th. See below for full itinerary. “It’s mostly about miscommunication and how people don’t think before they speak, or don’t care about the impact their words have.”

North began performing as a UC San Diego student before eventually returning to his hometown of El Paso to form Sleepspent with friend and co-writer, Aaron Quintanilla. The band, now a trio including Cecilia Otero on bass and Josh Mendoza on drums, released its Chris Common (Minus The Bear, Chelsea Wolfe, Le Butcherettes)-produced debut “It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think” via Slow Start Records on May 4th.

North’s knack for creating music that is bathed in atmosphere (think Slowdive mixed with a more reverb-y Radiohead, led by a guitarist with an effects pedal fetish) that doesn’t lean away from authentic lyricism and captivating vocal performances (think Jeff Buckley) is proven on “It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think”.

“We’re also definitely inspired by shoegaze and dreampop,” North says, elaborating on Sleepspent’s sound. “That can be heard in the alternate tunings used throughout our music as well as the melodic chord progressions and melodies.”

And though he’s young, North also takes influence from future hall-of-famers like The Cure and The Smiths – two more acts with definitive “sounds” that have never sacrificed art for artifice. North’s formative years studying jazz guitar wraps it all up in a solid technical foundation, too, but ultimately, Sleepspent songs exist to make you feel.

Sleepspent has already been nominated as a ‘Best Band in the City’ by The City Magazine in El Paso, who called the trio “completely captivating, live and through your speakers.” As Sleepspent’s local following has grown, the group has become a go-to local act to support nationally touring artists, in addition to beginning to hit the road itself.

“It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think,” the debut EP by Sleepspent, is out now via Slow Start Records. Austin North is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Sleepspent – Live

6/07/2018: El Paso, TX @ Neon Rose (7PM)
6/09/2018: Wichita Falls, TX @ Gypsy Uncorked
6/10/2018: Amarillo, TX @ The 806
6/11/2018: Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
6/12/2018: Albuquerque, NM @ Moonlight Lounge
6/13/2018: Santa Fe, NM @ Second Street Rufina
6/14/2018: Denver, CO @ Lion's Lair
6/15/2018: Grand Junction, CO @ Cruisers Bar
6/17/2018: Las Vegas, NV @ Legends Bar
6/20/2018: San Diego, CA @ The Clutch Bar
6/21/2018: Bisbee, AZ @ The Quarry
6/22/2018: Phoenix, AZ @ Lunchbox
6/30/2018: Albuquerque, NM @ Tractor Nob Hill
7/6/2018: El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
7/7/2018:  Marfa, TX @ Lost Horse Tavern
7/9/2018:  Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie's
7/12/2018: Memphis, TN @ Sounds Good Memphis
7/13/2018: Nashville, TN @ Drifters BBQ
7/14/2018: Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
7/16/2018: Minneapolis, MN @ Char Bar
7/18/2018: Tulsa, OK @ SoundPony
7/19/2018: Wichita, KS @ Kirbys Beer Store
7/20/2018: Norman, OK @ Mom and Dads Place

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Sleepspent
“It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think” EP
(Slow Start Records)
Out Now


Track Listing:

01. Something (LISTEN | MP3)         
02. Roots
03. Come Smile With Me (LISTEN | MP3)
04. Stars
05. Cracking
06. What's The Rush?

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Sleepspent Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion