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The March Divide, with Sleepspent
June 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$5
The March Divide
Friday, June 8, 2018 ~ 7 pm
The March Divide
San Antonio-based songwriter, Jared Putnam, leader of the sometimes more, but usually one-man pop-rock band, The March Divide, returns to Fort Stockton!
While he’s obviously a tireless songwriting machine, Putnam is also an unlikely torch bearer of a sound that was pioneered by bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, The Promise Ring, and Mineral, and eventually exploded with artists such as Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, and Jimmy Eat World. As many of these artists make comebacks, or get discovered by young people for the first time, Putnam has been steadily building a loyal audience since breaking up The Conversation, his own band of that era. Over the last few years, the press has discovered Putnam’s “completely clever” (Performer) songs “all about lyrics and melodies” (Babysue) that are “impressively hooky” (American Songwriter), filled with “bittersweet beauty” (Impose), “catchy hooks” (Innocent Words), and voiced by a man “gifted with a serious set of pipes” (The Aquarian). Atwood Magazine recently said, “Eloquently simple and concise, Putnam’s lyrics are immediately relatable. His experience and memory transfer directly from the song to the listener.” Those listeners are gaining in numbers, with “I Told You So,” the first single from Putnam’s second album as The March Divide, currently closing in on a million Apple Music streams alone.
“Tired Voice,” the first single from “Don’t Let Me Die In Arizona,” is a perfect example of the intersection of Putnam’s past, the current revival of the genre, and his new approach to building a rhythm section. “I really wanted to deliver something more pop than rock,” he says of the tune. “Lyrically, this song is about the one step forward, two steps back feeling that comes with every music career, over time. While the highs make it all worth it, the lows are tough, and feel all too frequent.”
Regardless, as anyone who has been doing what Putnam has been doing for this long, he has manages to keep his perspective intact. “It’s important to remember that everything and everyone you leave behind, can and will go on without you,” Putnam concludes.
Sleepspent, from El Paso, TX, is a band that manages to deliver an intimate and simultaneously lively presence, creating emotional imagery through both their lyrics and their melodic and atmospheric sound. Austin’s voice, atop his reverb- drenched guitar riffs, often soars through bold melodies that reveal the band’s indie rock and shoegaze influence. Austin North and Aaron Quintanilla began writing to then release the band’s first EP and recruit members Josh Mendoza on drums and Cecilia Otero on bass and synth soon after.
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