Monday, September 22, 2014

Amid nostalgia wave of reunited Emo bands, The March Divide’s Jared Putnam has been writing these songs all along.

San Antonio-based band’s latest album “Billions” arrives October 21st.  Hear “I Told You So” now via Big Takeover.


The March Divide (L-R): Jared Putnam, Patrick Reetz. Photo Credit: Greg Gabrisch.



Hear “I Told You So” from “Billions” by The March Divide via The Big Takeover or the links below


“Impressively hooky.” – American Songwriter

“Sublimely blending Athens jangle with just enough mope to attract fans of The Cure.” – BLURT

As Emo bands reunite left and right, playing their old songs for nostalgia’s sake, Jared Putnam of the San Antonio-based The March Divide is unapologetically wearing his past on his sleeve, still writing these types of songs, but from an adult perspective.

“I’m finally at a stage in my life where I don’t have to bleed all over the page to write a song,” Putnam says.  It seems that, as a songwriter whose previous band The Conversation came up in that tortured musical era, Putnam’s feeling pretty good.

“I was in a good place writing Billions,” he affirms, speaking of The March Divide’s upcoming sophomore full-length scheduled for release on October 21st, 2014. The new album is the most recent collection to emerge from Putnam’s near-constant level of musical output over the past two years.

“I had written a lot of songs,” he plainly explains of what he’d been doing during his six years of public silence between ending the non-stop touring of The Conversation (the band shared stages with The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Against Me! and more) and the start of The March Divide.

After he kicked back into gear and released The March Divide’s debut album Music for Film in 2013, Austin’s NPR-affiliate KUTX simply declared “this album kicks butt.” More press accolades followed, proving that the time off yielded some of the best material of Putnam’s career.  From there Putnam just kept going, releasing an additional three EPs prior to starting work on Billions.

“I haven’t been taking everything so seriously, which really helped me to open up,” he says of the new material, which while less earnest than previous releases, is still completely clever.  Fans of The March Divide will hear this progression for the first time on “I Told You So,” an uproarious “fuck you” tune about the personal motivation that comes from facing opposition.

“My favorite songs are always old school, messy guitar rock like early R.E.M. or Catherine Wheel,” Putnam says of the first single from Billions.  “That’s really what we were going for with this one.”

Jared Putnam of The March Divide is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


The March Divide Live

10/06 San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven w/ Koji
10/23 El Paso, TX @ Monarch Album Release Show
10/25 Amarillo, TX @ The 806
10/29 San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar Album Release Show
11/14 New Orleans, LA @ Checkpoint Charlie's
11/15 Houston, TX @ Midnite Slice


The March Divide
(S/R – October 21st, 2014)

 Track Listing:

01. I Told You So (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
02. Come Apart
03. November Suicides
04. Dumb Luck
05. Rewind
06. Mislead
07. Given Out
08. Last Call
09. Until I Explode
10. Situations


The March Divide Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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