Songwriter Jared Putnam’s latest tunes take a percussion-focused turn with At The Drive In, Coheed and Cambria producer, Mike Major.
Jared Putnam of The March Divide as photographed by John Glover
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The March Divide – In The Press
“Impressively hooky.” — American Songwriter
“There’s something wonderfully Fountains Of Wayne about it.” — MAGNET
“Bittersweet beauty.” — Impose
“Big Star-informed, strummy acoustic reverie.” — BLURT
“Completely clever.” — Performer
“His work is uniformly intimate and thoroughly emotional.” — Nooga
“Quality pop at its best.” — Popdose
The March Divide has released three albums and four EPs of original material since 2013. Listen to the singles here.
“I’ve had this song ‘Cherry Bomb’ for a number of years, and after talking with my producer Mike Major about the direction of the EP, I knew it fit the mold,” says San Antonio-based songwriter Jared Putnam, The March Divide’s non-stop workhorse and sole permanent member.
“Though the songs came first, we wanted it to feel like they were built around the percussion. This whole approach is something I’ve been working on, so for the initial pre-production of the EP, I made some very quick demos of the songs, that Mike programmed percussion to. ‘Cherry Bomb’ was the first song he sent back to me, and I remember thinking, ‘Holy shit, he did it!’”
Thankfully, the upcoming EP (Putnam’s fifth, along with three full-lengths and a warmly received recent batch of 80’s-era covers, all since 2013) is not posthumously titled “I Died In Arizona,” but it came close.
“I was in Arizona for a week, and I got sicker than I’ve ever been in my life,” Putnam explains. Putnam just so happened to be listening to the final mixes of the new songs at the time, as well. “For the rest of my life, I’m always going to associate these songs with how sick I was that week. I actually remember listening to the final mixes and saying out loud, ‘Please, don’t let me die in Arizona.’”
Major, best known for his work with At The Drive-In and Coheed and Cambria, is also a percussionist, which makes his contributions to “Don’t Let Me Die In Arizona” an essential piece of the puzzle for this percussion-focused group of songs.
“This was a different sort of release for me,” Putnam says. “I’ve been experimenting a lot with my approach to percussion, hoping to find a new balance between rock and pop. I explained what I had been hoping to do to Mike, and he really seemed to get it.”
Jared Putnam is alive and well and living in San Antonio. “Don’t Let Me Die In Arizona,” the latest EP by The March Divide is scheduled for release on August 4th, 2017. Pre-orders are live now at http://smarturl.it/DLMDIA. Jared Putnam of The March Divide is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
The March Divide – Live
8/04/2017: San Antonio, TX @ The Point Park & Eats
8/05/2017: Fort Stockton, TX @ The Garage
8/06/2017: El Paso, TX @ Westside 3rd Tavern
8/09/2017: Amarillo, TX @ The 806
8/10/2017: Dallas, TX @ Adair’s Saloon
8/11/2017: Wichita Falls, TX @ Gypsy Uncorked
8/12/2017: Tulsa, OK @ Red Brick Bar
9/15/2017: Galveston, TX @ MOD Coffeehouse
9/28/2017: New Orleans, LA @ Checkpoint Charlie’s
9/29/2017: Lake Charles, LA @ Luna Live
The March Divide
“Don’t Let Me Die In Arizona” EP
August 4th, 2017
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04. Someone Else’s Problem
05. Make Me Trip
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