Wednesday, November 12, 2014

San Antonio songwriter’s “Billions” receiving lots of love for out-of-fashion songs that just got cool all over again.

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


Jared Putnam of The March Divide as photographed by Amanda Oldham


The March Divide – In The Press

“Impressively hooky.” – American Songwriter
“One of the year’s very best.” – Stereo Embers
“Completely clever.” – Performer
“All about lyrics and melodies.” – Babysue
Billions is a rich success.” – Nanobot
“Gifted with a serious set of pipes.” – The Aquarian
“An emo revival really is taking place.” – MAGNET



Where does this rope go!? “I Told You So” is the first video from “Billions” by The March Divide.


See the premiere of the video for “I Told You So” by The March Divide now via Performer!

Jared Putnam was finding the real success that comes from non-stop touring with his late-90’s emo era band The Conversation.  The band was amassing a following, and sharing stages with The Strokes, Arcade Fire, and Against Me!, among others.  And then Putnam quit the road.

“All of that time on tour wrecked my personal life,” the San Antonio-based songwriter confesses.  As it turns out, however, you can take the road away from the songwriter, but you can’t take away the songs. Throughout the ensuing years, as Putnam’s type of catchy but muscular odes to frustration and heartbreak went out of fashion, he just kept on writing them.

Now, as Emo bands reunite left and right (see the recent feature on Mineral in the New York Times), Putnam is unapologetically wearing his past on his sleeve, still writing these types of songs, and from an adult perspective.  Since early 2013 – with various band members and solo as The March Divide, Putnam has released two full-length albums and two EPs.  “I’m finally at a stage in my life where I don’t have to bleed all over the page to write a song,” he says.  The latest album Billions arrived in late October, and will be followed-up by an EP “+1” in early 2015.

Fans of The March Divide will find Putnam’s latest batch of songs less earnest, but still completely clever. This is evident on the new album’s first single “I Told You So,” an uproarious “fuck you” tune about the personal motivation that comes from facing opposition.

“This video begins at the end of the story,” Putnam explains of the just-premiered music video for the song. “While it stands on its own, it’s going to leave everyone pretty intrigued and curious as to where it’s going,” he says of the clip, shot on location Duluth, Minnesota’s Jay Cooke State Park.

See The March Divide live this fall and winter, with more tour dates in support of Billions to be announced soon. Jared Putnam of The March Divide is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


The March Divide – Live

11/14 New Orleans, LA @ Checkpoint Charlie’s
11/15 Houston, TX @ Midnite Slice
11/21 Austin, TX @ Cherrywood Coffeehouse
12/05 Houston, TX @ Molly’s Pub 9PM
12/19 San Antonio, TX @ Dorcol Distilling Company
02/19 McAllen, TX @ The Flying Walrus w/ Ryan Traster
02/20 Harlingen, TX @ Hop Shop Bar w/ Ryan Traster


The March Divide
(S/R – Out Now)

Track Listing:

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


The March Divide Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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