Saturdays

by The March Divide

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about

San Antonio-based songwriter, Jared Putnam, leader of the sometimes more, but usually one-man pop-rock band, The March Divide, is prolific. It’s a word used often / often misused, but when it comes to Putnam, it applies. As such, The March Divide announces the upcoming release of a new album! Saturdays follows-up two albums and three EP releases from Putnam in just a three-year period, and according to the artist, it’s 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. The March Divide will be touring before, during, and after the release of Saturdays, as per usual.

credits

released May 13, 2016

The March Divide is Jared Putnam
Produced/Engineered/Digital Editing/Mixed by Todd “Taz” Anthony of Blue Ocean Music Group, in San Antonio, TX (June – November 2015)
Mastered by Mike Major, in Madeira Beach, FL (December 2015)
Drums were played by Austin Busbee, other stuff played by Jared
Album Layout by Krist Krueger
Photos by Greg Gabrisch
Songs & Lyrics by Jared Putnam

C & P The March Divide 2016
Stop Calling Me Jerry (ASCAP)

www.themarchdivide.com

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Track Name: Exit Signs
You left California, almost nine years ago,
You spend a few days in New Mexico, before you made your way back home
You’ve got regrets you won’t remember, good times you might forget,
You remember exit signs and bad radio,
And those long nights, that August, when you lost all hope

If you could save your money,
If you could change your mind,
You won’t have to worry,
You’ll be alright

You found a place in Texas, as good as anywhere to hide
Through all your shitty jobs, and doing drugs in bathroom stalls, and restaurant parking lots
Every night while crashing on the floor, you’d think you couldn’t do it anymore,
So you stopped holding on, to those far off places in your mind,
‘Cause they weren’t there, like before

If you could save your money,
If you could change your mind,
You won’t have to worry,
You’ll be alright

I’ve watched you piss away a fortune, on missed opportunities,
You gave your twenties to cocaine & alcohol
But, I need your explanations, your excuses are pretty weak,
Just show me you care at all

If you could save your money,
If you could change your mind,
You won’t have to worry,
You’ll be alright
Track Name: Who Are You
What’s the color that comes to mind,
When you think about, all your lost time?
I’d have to say that green is mine,
But let’s forget all that, and circle back,
To about how loves supposed to be blind

You ask, “Who are you?”
Well, I’m the one who changed, just like you asked me to
I ask, “Who, who are you?” too
I just know, my heart glows, when you come in the room

Let’s compare our battle scars,
I promise not to look away, no matter how hard
Take a moment to understand,
Forever was never part, of the plan

You ask, “Who are you?”
Well, I’m the one who changed, just like you asked me to
I ask, “Who, who are you?” too
I just know, my heart glows, when you come in the room

I just know, my heart glows, when you’re around
Track Name: I Give Up
I quit, I’m done,
I got what I wanted
I did my best,
In the time I gave it

I’m glad you came,
I wish you had stayed

If I lost my mind,
You would help me find it
When I took my time,
You always made me finish

It’s hard to say,
But I wish you had stayed

Don’t get lost in the details of it,
And don’t get caught up in the way this ends,
It ends
I give up

I quit, I’m done,
‘Cause I got what I wanted
Through the good, the bad,
And the way it started

I’m glad you came,
I wish you had stayed

Don’t get lost in the details of it,
And don’t get caught up in the way this ends

It’s taken me all these years,
To find piece in what I’ve done here

So, I give up,
I’m gone

Don’t get lost in the details of it,
And don’t get caught up in the way this ends,

So, I give up
Track Name: Go to Sleep
Did you do something bad?
‘Cause you got loaded, and you told me that you had
But, no guilt, or consequence,
As long as you can keep my trust and confidence

So go to sleep, I know you need it
You were up all night, sharing secrets,
And I cross my heart, I won’t repeat ‘em,
I won’t, no I won’t, unless you…

All the courage it takes from you,
To have done this thing, and hide it like you do
Don’t let your conscience be confused,
And I promise I won’t ever tell on you

So go to sleep, I know you need it
You were up all night, sharing secrets,
And I cross my heart, I won’t repeat ‘em,
I won’t, no I won’t, unless you…

Ever lie to me, or not do what I say,
But until then, your secret’s safe with me
Don’t ever think of crossing me, or of hiding anything,
But until then, your secret’s safe with me

Don’t you ever lie to me, or not do what I say,
But until then, your secret’s safe with me
Don’t ever think of crossing me, or of hiding anything,
But until then, your secret’s safe with me