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Snailmate, with The March Divide
March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm$5
with The March Divide
Nerdcore/Synth Punk, Indie Pop
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets only $5. All ages welcome, kids 7 and under are free.
Snailmate was formed by Kalen Lander and Ariel Monet in early 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. To date, the band has independently released 4 EPs (on tape and CD) one 7 inch vinyl split, one tape split and one full length album “Love in the Microwave” which together have amassed thousands of physical sales and Digital downloads and garnered praise from press outlets such as Phoenix New Times, Java Magazine, Rogue Valley Messenger, ABQ Free Press and more. The band’s self-booked touring began spring of 2015 and they haven’t stopped since. Snailmate has played clubs in every region of the country while also performing at SXSW, Evel Knievel days, UFO festival, multiple pride festivals, State fairs, Maximum Ames and Fog Fest. They are currently on tour supporting their new EP “Existential Anxiety” for 7 months. The duo will continue touring the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and more until they die.
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.
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