Songs accompanied by individual artwork depicting Putnam in each artist’s “era-compliant” styling. Listen now via Cover Me, Diffuser, Spill.
Jared Putnam of The March Divide channels Boy George. Photo: John Glover. Art: Krist Krueger.
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Jared Putnam of The March Divide continues his series of 80’s covers! See below for listening links!
The March Divide – In The Press
[A selection of songs from three albums and four EPs released by The March Divide since 2013.]
“Impressively hooky.” — American Songwriter
“Catchy hooks and memorable lines.” — Innocent Words
“His work is uniformly intimate and thoroughly emotional.” — Nooga
“Big Star-informed, strummy acoustic reverie.” — BLURT
“Completely clever.” — Performer
“Gifted with a serious set of pipes.” — The Aquarian
“Quality pop at its best.” — Popdose
“All about lyrics and melodies.” — Babysue
“Bittersweet beauty.” — Impose
“Immediately relatable.” — Atwood Magazine
“I have an ongoing project, to record every song off of Disintegration.” – Jared Putnam, The March Divide
San Antonio-based songwriter, Jared Putnam, leader of the sometimes more, but usually one-man pop-rock band, The March Divide, is a prolific songwriter (three albums and four EPs worth over the last few years), but he’s also a studio hound, in general, who loves to be there recording.
As Putnam preps songs for a new album, he has been having some fun recording cover versions of songs that have inspired him, some that are beloved hits, and some that are both. Most of all, they are songs he grew up with.
“I feel like these are the songs that introduced me to music, around the age that I started to care,” he says.
Working with engineer Mike Major (At The Drive-In, Coheed and Cambria), who also plays keys on the majority of the tracks and has been working with Putnam for years, was a comfortable environment in which to have a good time with these tunes.
Artists including The Cure, The Bangles, Culture Club, ‘Til Tuesday, and Willie Nelson get a treatment from Putnam that isn’t ironic, but truly interpretive in the best way, as he takes his style and applies it with the thoughtful touch that makes it clear why we love these songs, and why he does, too.
“People might write this off as a rehash, but that honestly didn’t even occur to me until I was finished recording. For me, these songs are endearing. I was a little kid and these songs were on MTV. Everyone loves something about these songs.”
Adding to the fun, graphic designer Krist Krueger has taken Putnam’s image and created “covers for the covers,” with each song accompanied by Warholian art depicting Putnam “wearing” the iconic look of the artist he’s paying tribute to.
Putnam is currently working on a new EP to be released later this year.
The March Divide – Live
3/23/2017: San Antonio, TX @ Sanchos
3/30/2017: Amarillo, TX @ Leftwoods
3/31/2017: Albuquerque, NM @ Moonlight Lounge
4/01/2017: El Paso, TX @ El Paso Brewing Co.
4/08/2017: Wichita Falls, TX @ The Deep End
4/13/2017: New Orleans, LA @ Checkpoint Charlies
4/14/2017: Galveston, TX @ MOD Coffeehouse
4/15/2017: Houston, TX @ Bohemeo's
The March Divide Links
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