San Antonio-based musician is keeping thoughtful rock music alive, with fans helping “I Told You So” single pass a half-million streams.
Jared Putnam of The March Divide as photographed by Greg Gabrisch
The March Divide – In The Press
“Impressively hooky.” – American Songwriter
“Completely clever.” – Performer
“This is quality pop at its best.” – Popdose
“An emo revival really is taking place.” – MAGNET
“All about lyrics and melodies.” – Babysue
“Gifted with a serious set of pipes.” – The Aquarian
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“Putnam’s lyrics prove that honesty doesn’t have to be complicated.” – Elmore Magazine with the “Who Are You” video from The March Divide
While the word may be considered taboo in some circles of the musical elite, the fact is that Emo is back, and for some it never went away. With revered acts such as Mineral selling out a three-night stand at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom at the end of 2014, to the just-breaking news of The Anniversary’s announced reunion, it’s clear that thoughtful, passionately performed rock songs still have a loyal audience.
Jared Putnam of San Antonio-based The March Divide knows it’s true because he’s been making this music for most of his adult life, first with his hard-touring band The Conversation, and over the course of three albums and three EPs in just three years as The March Divide. While Putnam’s audience is smaller than some of his contemporaries, it shows its allegiance, recently helping The March Divide single “I Told You So” from 2014’s Billions album to pass 500,000 streams on Apple Music alone.
Saturdays, the third full-length by The March Divide will be released on May 13th and today Elmore Magazine has the premiere of the music video for “Who Are You,” the latest single from the album.
“I think I finally made the record I wanted to make,” Putnam says of the follow-up to Billions and its accompanying EP “+1,” which arrived in 2015. “I didn’t set out to write an album so soon after the last, but I never really stopped writing.”
Regarding “Who Are You,” Putnam says “This song is an achievement for me since it represents a direction that I’ve been trying to steer myself in. A lot of great songs get lost in translation – sometimes there’s too much effort put into trying to be different,” Putnam explains. “But I think the emotional attachments we feel for songs are primal, so maybe the more primitive the approach, the more likely people are to connect. That’s the goal after all, right?”
It’s this attitude that Putnam’s fans, and fans of the genre, feel. It’s what brings them back, it’s what makes for 500,000 track streams, and it’s what sells out venues for acts that left the scene, only to find that their fans never left them.
Saturdays by The March Divide arrives on May 13th, distributed by Burnside. The March Divide will be touring before, during, and after the release of Saturdays, as per usual. See below for current tour dates. Jared Putnam is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
The March Divide – On Tour
04/17 San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
04/19 Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall
04/21 Brownsville, TX @ El Hueso de Fraile
04/22 Harlingen, TX @ The Prelude
04/30 San Antonio, TX @ Point Park & Eats
05/14 Austin, TX @ Sam’s Boat
05/20 San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar Record Release Show
05/26 Amarillo, TX @ The 806
05/27 Clovis, NM @ House Show (firstname.lastname@example.org for info)
05/28 Denver, CO @ Bushwackers Saloon
05/29 Boulder, CO @ The Laughing Goat
05/31 Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
06/01 Dallas, TX @ Adair’s Saloon
06/04 Austin, TX @ Sam’s Boat
09/10 Fort Stockton, TX @ The Garage
The March Divide – Saturdays
(S/R – May 13th, 2016)
2. What Will I Do
3. Take Me Out
4. Take Your Chances
6. I Give Up
7. Kathrine Loves The Fall
8. Go To Sleep
9. I Don’t Recall
10. Because I Wanted To
11. This Infatuation
12. Over and Over
14. This Argument
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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion