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The March Divide

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“Impressively hooky.” – American Songwriter
“Sublimely blending Athens jangle with just enough mope to attract fans of The Cure.” – BLURT
“These songs are all about lyrics and melodies.” – Babysue

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.

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