The March Divide
with Christine Cochran
Saturday, September 10, 2016 ~ 7 pm
Acoustic Indie Rock
San Antonio-based songwriter, Jared Putnam, leader of the sometimes more, but usually one-man pop-rock band, The March Divide, will be in Fort Stockton performing at The garage on September 10, 2016.
The March Divide announced the upcoming (May 13) release of a new album, ‘Saturdays’ which follows-up two albums and three EP releases from Putnam in just a three-year period, and according to the Jared, ‘Saturdays’ is his most satisfying work to date.
“I think I finally made the record I wanted to make,” Putnam says of the follow-up to 2014’s Billions and its accompanying 2015 EP “+1.” “I didn’t set out to write an album so soon after the last, but I never really stopped writing.”
As it turns out, not intending to write an album was exactly how Saturdays became one. As Putnam was less-focused on writing a record and instead on writing individual songs, he was able to get out of his usual “album writing” comfort zone, and explore new ideas and techniques that he’d never attempted before.
“I wrote several songs that are between 90 seconds and two minutes long,” Putnam explains of the result that came from reading an article about how radio stations have begun to consider airing portions of songs to accommodate the short attention spans of their listeners. “I decided to use it as a personal challenge to write short songs, but without sacrificing the things that I think make a song good,” he says. Some of these tunes, including “Take Me Out,” “I Don’t Recall,” and “Over and Over” all made the cut.
Another challenge Putnam issued to himself was to bring less traditional forms of percussion to pop songs, not in an attempt to reinvent the wheel, but to make that wheel shinier than ever.
“I wanted to try and bring the songs to a whole new level of pop sonics,” Putnam says. “For Saturdays, I took it upon myself, even with my less than impressive percussion skills, to try and make it happen.”
Realizing that he was never able to exactly convey the sound in his head to the drummers he’d worked with, Putnam went about creating “drum tracks” for Saturdays that are actually composed of hand claps, finger snaps, and tambourine. The results can be heard on the songs “This Infatuation,” “Stacey,” and “Who Are You,” with actual drums throughout the rest of the record played by Putnam’s longtime friend, Austin Busbee.
It remains to be seen how Putnam’s growing fan base (the single “I Told You So” from 2014’s Billions has already surpassed a half-million streams) will react to the new material, but it’s a safe bet that Putnam’s hard work and lyrical honesty will continue to resonate, especially on “Exit Signs,” the first single and video from Saturdays, which Putnam jokes must be about his past, because “I can’t seem to stop writing about it.”
In keeping with the challenges he set forth for himself this time around, however, many of the lyrics on Saturdays are the result of Putnam’s willingness to let go of his own expectations by tailoring words to fit the songs, whatever the subject matter might be.
“While that might seem like an obvious approach, it’s not what I’ve done in the past,” he explains. “Some of these songs are purely fiction, which I’ve never been able to write before.”
With Putnam pulling new lyrics from his imagination, instead of exclusively from his real life, perhaps he’ll double up on that musical output? For the moment, Saturdays by The March Divide arrives on May 13th, 2016, distributed by Burnside. The album’s first single and video “Exit Signs” is streaming now.
Singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist, fine artist, writer, music publisher, label owner, raconteur.
Originally from Dallas, TX, Christine has also lived in London, New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Moving with her family several times, young Christine often felt the loneliness and isolation of being the “asthmatic-new-kid-at-school.” But the outsider grew into an astute observer and natural storyteller whose songs focus on the human condition, touching on alienation and acceptance, love and longing, materialism and modesty.
She “wrote” her first song at age four and later learned guitar in fifth grade. But an unfortunately long hiatus ensued, and it was not until after college that songs eventually incubated and arrived as she gleaned life experience (such as living in a pub over a former debtor’s prison in London!) in the major cities mentioned above. While getting her second degree and living in and near Nashville, Christine picked up the guitar again and hasn’t stopped writing songs since.
Her instinctive pop writing talent marries an indie flair, and yields pleasing melodies, beautiful harmonies, and intelligent lyrics. She delivers her songs confidently with a soulful voice “full of feeling and beauty,” (LA recording artist, Rane).
An avid reader, Christine has a BA in history (Texas A&M), a BS in Recording Industry Management (MTSU), and part of a master’s in technical writing, which was cut short when she was kicked out of graduate school (UNT)! She is writing a book about her life. More information forthcoming.