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Anticipation Pops

by The March Divide

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1.
I Don't Care 02:07
I don’t care, anything about you & me, anymore, I’m over it, I’ll do my own thing I don’t care, if I ever impress you, anymore, I’m over it, I’ll go my own way ‘Cause tonight, I’ll sleep fine, These choices, are all mine & at night, I sleep fine, These choices, I’m over it, I’ll do my own thing I don’t care, if I never ever move you with words, anymore, I’m over it, I’ll say what I say I don’t care, anything about how I’m viewed, anymore, I’m over it, I’ll go my own way ‘Cause tonight, I’ll sleep fine, With choices, that are all mine & at night, I sleep fine, These choices, I’m over it, I’ll do my own thing & tonight, I’ll sleep fine, With choices, that are all mine & at night, I sleep fine, All night, every night & tonight, I’ll sleep fine, With choices, that are all mine & at night, I sleep fine, These choices, I’m over it, I’ll do my own thing
2.
Spinning 03:46
I know you think I’m crazy, I’m not crazy, I’m just kind of bored & people say I’m lazy, I’m not that lazy, Well, not anymore I don’t know, why the stars melt around us, & I don’t know, how to say those things I mean & I don’t know, why the world spins around, around, around, But all I know, is I’m glad you’re spinning on it with me Yeah, you’re spinning on it with me So you think they hate me? If they really hate me, They can go to hell & don’t believe their rumors, ‘Cause they’re just rumors, Like that one they tell about you I don’t know, why the stars melt around us, & I don’t know, how to say those things I mean I don’t know, why the world spins around, around, around, But all I know, is I’m glad you’re spinning on it with me Yeah, you’re spinning on it with me Does the future grip you tightly, Like it grips me tightly, with the fear of what it holds? All of this reminds me, Does it remind you, that we’re not supposed to know? I know you think I’m crazy, I’m not all that crazy, Well, not anymore I don’t know, why the stars melt around us, & I don’t know, how to say those things I mean I don’t know, why the world spins around, around, around, But all I know, is I’m glad you’re spinning on it with me Yeah, spinning on it with me
3.
Overexposure 02:54
Overexposure to the elements, This transmission goes on for years I’ll keep going for the hell of it, Though the outcome still seems unclear It’s not my problem when you complain, It’s not my fault things didn’t go your way You’re looking for reasons to make a change, Well, please don’t bother your minds been made Up or down, I can’t get hold of this, Excuse you’ve come to make It’s a conflict of sincerity, That I wish I could communicate It’s not my problem when you complain, It’s not my fault things didn’t go your way You’re looking for reasons to make a change, Well, please don’t bother your minds been made up Hold on, could you hold on, I wish you’d hold on, for one more day It’s not my problem when you complain, It’s not my fault things didn’t go your way You’re looking for reasons to make a change, Well, lease don’t bother your minds been made up
4.
I brought you flowers the other day, Didn’t sign the card & I couldn’t stay I tried you at work to let you know, But they put me on hold, so I hung up the phone But I know, that you know, There’s time & you know, that I know, There’s time We haven’t talked in a lot of years, Got no regrets on what brought us here My kid grows up, every day, He doesn’t even know you But I know, that you know, There’s time & you know, that I know, We’ve got time Until your heart just stopped in the middle of the day, I learned that life’s too short to live it out that way I guess I’m never going to know what you had to say, But I bet it wasn’t really much of anything
5.
Stevie doesn’t know me, the way that she thinks she does, I don’t deserve this, & neither does she I’m hanging around, but she wants me to leave, She wants me to leave, she wants me to leave I need the answers, but I don’t know the questions Where do I hide, if I want to be found? Tell me the secret, give me the secret, Tell me your secret Well, don’t drown in that sea of deceit, & don’t eat from the forbidden tree, & don’t breathe the breath of a lie, a lie Well, all that I needed, was someone to talk to, All that she wanted, was someone to fuck Well, I got what I needed, but she got what she wanted, She got what she wanted, yeah There are so many questions, & so many faces, & so many places, I’ll never know, I need more time, I need more time, I’m out of time Well, don’t drown in that sea of deceit, & don’t eat from the forbidden tree, & don’t breathe the breath of a lie, a lie & don’t hide if you want to be found, & speak up if you want to be loud, But don’t breathe the breath of a lie, a lie Wait up, wait up for me, I’ve fallen way to far behind Speak up, speak up, I need to hear it, Every single time Wait up, wait up for me, I’ve fallen way to far behind Speak up, speak up, I need to hear it, Every single time Stevie doesn’t know me, the way that she thinks she does, I don’t deserve this, & neither does she
6.
There I was in the dark, feeling lost again, My patience wearing thin, & I don’t understand how you keep your back against the wall, It was my back against the wall that forced my change I’m alright, I’ll be fine, It’s like the light came on, & it happened just in time You’re alright, you’ll be fine, We don’t have to live the same, You’ve got your way & I’ve got mine For countless years I found myself hiding my intent, Petrified to go through with it But, I won’t second guess, neglect, suppress, or doubt myself again, It’s all lost time, in the end &, I’m alright, I’ll be fine, It’s like the light came on, & it happened just in time You’re alright, you’ll be fine, We don’t have to live the same, You’ve got your way & I’ve got mine I’ve got mine There I was in the dark, feeling lost again, My patience wearing thin &, I don’t understand how you keep your back against the wall, It was my back against the wall that forced my change I’m alright, I’ll be fine, It’s like the light came on, & it happened just in time You’re alright, you’ll be fine, We don’t have to live the same, You’ve got your way & I’ve got mine
7.
Tie One On 04:01
Do we have to talk about it now? It’d be a long way to run away, I don’t even think I’d know how Tomorrow’s just another day, I won’t be enough But all you ever want to do, is ask me how I’m holding up Well, I think I’ll need to tie one on tonight, & then I’m going to sleep it off, just fine These long days, this heart break, Yeah, I’m going to tie one on tonight, & then I’ll sleep it off just fine Everybody seems to know their way, While I wander back & forth, it all seems like a maze to me Never mind keeping up, I’ll just fall behind Well pardon me, I’m sorry, but I guess I’ve got a lot on my mind So, I think I’ll need to tie one on tonight, & then I’m going to sleep it off, just fine These long days, this heart break, Yeah, I’m going to tie one on tonight, & then I’ll sleep it off just fine All I’d ever need, Is to know you were there for me I think I’m in way too deep, But if you were there for me I’ll need to tie one on tonight, & then I’m going to sleep it off, just fine These long days, this heart break, Yeah, I’m going to tie one on tonight, & then I’ll sleep it off just fine Yeah, I always sleep it off just fine
8.
I’d like to raise a glass to all my friends, Everyone that was there through thick & thin Yeah, here’s to living day by day, & trying not to crash & burn along the way So, open up your eyes, You’d see it all so clear, if you’d open up your eyes Your eyes I’d like to find a place that I can go (don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here), Maybe off the beaten path, that no one knows ‘Cause I’ve got to get this all off my chest, I’m barely hanging on, by a thread So, open up your eyes, You’d see it all so clear, if you’d open up your eyes Your eyes Everything I have to say, Just keep it down, you’re being way too loud Anything I try to say, Just keep it down, you’re being way too loud Even when I want to scream, Just keep it down, you’re being way too loud With everything I have to say, Is anybody listening at all? No. I said, I said, no Open up your eyes, You’d see it all so clear, if you’d open up your eyes Your eyes
9.
As time goes by, the leaves will fall & grow back again, We’ll all be doing what we do These intervals get shorter as you’re growing up, Happens to the best of us, but I’ll guide you through ‘Cause you’ll get lost, before you’re found & looking back will only slow you down, But don’t be afraid to call for help, ‘Cause I will run to you, I will run to you When the stars are bright, they’ll guide you through the night, You’ll soon be learning what they are I’ll protect you, I’ll help you, I’ll teach you the best I can, But slowly letting go will be the hardest part You’ll get lost, before you’re found & looking back will only slow you down, But don’t be afraid to call for help, ‘Cause I will run to you, I will run to you
10.
Lucky 04:54
I can always hear them coming, With their heavy steps, their words of encouragement That’s when I should start running, for the hills It always shakes out just the same, With me alone, the sun’s across my face Familiar feelings, abandonment, & the beauty, that comes with it But I’ll pick myself up, just like I always have I’m so sick of this addiction, For a feeling, I’ve never really felt All in all, it’s like a vision, I can’t explain It always shakes out just the same, With me alone, the sun’s across my face Familiar feelings, abandonment, & the beauty, that comes with it But I’ll pick myself up, just like I always have Tell me how, how’d I get to be so lucky It always shakes out just the same, With me alone, the sun’s across my face Familiar feelings, abandonment, & the beauty, that comes with it But I’ll pick myself up, just like I always have

about

You think we’d know Jared Putnam by now.

Over the course of three “impressively hooky” (American Songwriter) albums, five “completely clever” (Performer Magazine) EPs, numerous singles, and a batch of cover songs in a mere half-decade, Putnam’s mostly one-man project The March Divide has delivered a seemingly unending stream of songs that have established the San Antonio-based artist as one of the best rock songwriters working today.

Putnam’s upcoming fourth The March Divide album is Anticipation Pops (Aug. 24th, Slow Start Records) and is his best work to date, mostly because the ten songs here reveal a greater emotional depth, along with performances, and lyrics, that go beyond anything that Putnam has offered up before. Perhaps his near-manic recording and touring schedule was prologue that has led to the relatable sensitivity that is this album.

“This record feels like a new direction,” Putnam says.

Recording at home on the fly, and skipping his usual demo and pre-production process, has allowed Putnam to maintain a spontaneous feeling that informs these songs, and obviously kept him from overthinking lyrics or anything else that stood in the way of a group of tunes that could be called “raw” if Putnam wasn’t so good at producing himself and if the word “raw” didn’t scream “under produced.”

That is to say: these songs sound great.

Putnam claims that the work on Anticipation Pops represent a thematic “consistent inconsistency,” different from his more planned past albums. And while he dials that back when he agrees that the album is cohesive, he’s either being modest, or is far enough outside of his comfort zone now not to notice that Anticipation Pops is actually his most thematic record of all.

Writing ten personal songs from a unique perspective, but relatable to everyone, is an artistic goal most songwriters never achieve. True to Putnam’s attitude of throwing caution to the wind with this album, the first single is the record’s aptly titled opening cut, “I Don’t Care,” a two-minute gem that leaves ‘em wanting more.

“I think there’s something really special about a two-minute pop song,” Putnam says. “It’s like a shot of adrenaline. A song like that is a flash – it comes and goes – and is unexpected. ‘I Don’t Care’ really sets the tone. It’s a slow build of liberation and confidence, expressed in just two minutes.”

Doubling down on the attitude of “I Don’t Care,” Putnam affirms once again that he made Anticipation Pops by deciding, “this is what I’m doing, take it or leave it.” Apparently he didn’t know that the result would be the work his fans can care for most of all.

Anticipation Pops, the fourth full-length album by The March Divide is out August 24th, 2018, on the artist’s recently co-founded Slow Start Records label, preceded by the single, “I Don’t Care”.

credits

released August 24, 2018

The March Divide is Jared Putnam

All songs performed by Jared Putnam, except cello & backing vocals on “Stevie Doesn’t Know” & “I Will Run To You” performed by Steph Huskin, bass on “I’ve Got Mine” performed by Todd “Taz” Anthony, & drums on “I’ve Got Mine” performed by Austin Busbee.

All songs mostly recorded at home by Jared Putnam, in San Antonio, TX, during those rare occasions that his neighbors weren’t loudly doing yard work or remodeling their house. Additional recording by Todd “Taz” Anthony, at Blue Ocean Music in San Antonio, TX.

Produced by Jared Putnam. Mixed by Todd “Taz” Anthony at Blue Ocean Music in San Antonio, TX, except “Stevie Doesn’t Know” & “I Will Run To You” mixed by Mike Major at Mikes Mix Room in Clearwater, FL. Mastered by Mike Major at Mike’s Mix Room in Clearwater, FL.

All songs & lyrics by Jared Putnam.
Stop Calling Me Jerry (ASCAP)

Cover photo by John Smiley.
Layout by Neil Keener.

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