Members: Jared Putnam, with the help of Mike Hernandez & Jeremy Brooks
âIn the six years since ending The Conversation and beginning The March Divide, I had written a lot of songs,â says San Antonio-based Jared Putnam about the down period that followed years on the road with his popular Emo-era touring band. âWhen I decided to start working on an album, I had a really difficult time.â
Eventually, Putnam issued Music for Film, the debut album by The March Divide, in February of 2013, and it was readily apparent that half a dozen years away had not taken a toll on his songwriting chops. Called âimpressively hookyâ by American Songwriter, Austinâs NPR affiliate KUTX simply stated, âThis album kicks butt.â
The album, which showed off Putnamâs love of The Promise Ring, Cursive, and Elliott Smith, spawned the singles âStill Analog,â which popular vinyl lovers website The Vinyl District said could be the its âproverbial theme song,â and âJose Cuervoâ which racked up thousands of Soundcloud streams and coverage from Under The Radar for its moving slice-of-life video. One fan plainly commented, âHow this song is not more popular is beyond me.â
âMusic for Film was the first album that I produced myself, and it was a pain in the ass!â Putnam jokes. Undeterred, Putnam is moving forward quickly, and will issue an EP follow-up to Music for Film, the appropriately titled âMusic for Televisionâ on July 9th, once again through Dead Letter Records.
Putnam will also continue the touring that he eased back into as interest in The March Divide grew. Itâs something he approaches with caution, considering his previous life experiences with being on the road.
âAll of that time on tour wrecked my personal life,â Putnam explains of his time in The Conversation. âIt was coming out in the worst way when I would perform, but as I started The March Divide, the void from not playing was just too big to ignore. These days, Iâm not the road warrior that I used to be, but Iâm playing a lot. I love playing, and I canât wait to build up to the schedule that I used to keep.â
Putnam is also now performing more and more with a full band. âIâm still doing solo shows and tours, but we have grown into a band,â he says. The March Divideâs live show now includes Mike Hernandez on drums who has been performing with Putnam in his various musical incarnations for more than 15 years, and Jeremy Brooks on bass, a former member of the now defunct Furthest From The Star, a popular band around Texas.
About the song selection on âMusic for Television,â Putnam explains, âEvery album Iâd done in the past was approached with a concept, but when I began recording Music for Film, I had songs coming from all over the place. So, I sent them all to my trusted mix engineer, John Glover, and he decided how to split the tracks up between the two releases. Essentially, itâs one big piece of work, and Iâm proud of it all.â
The first single from âMusic for Televisionâ is âSo It Goes,â which Putnam initially intended as a sweet pop song, but drummer Hernandez had different ideas. âWhen I got together with Mike,â Putnam recounts, âhe came in beating the shit out of his drums and I felt like I had completely misinterpreted my own song!â
Of the story behind the catchy tune, reminiscent of early-era REM and The Cure, Putnam is coy. âIâd rather not get into the specifics of what the song is about, but Iâll say that it only took one stupid decision by somebody to completely change the course of my life. But, so it goes, right?â
âMusic for Television,â the follow-up EP to The March Divideâs debut album Music for Film, will be released on July 9, 2013 on Dead Letter Records. The March Divide will continue touring throughout 2013.