Music for Film

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Touring full time can be a hard life, but even harder to walk away from.

The March Divide, scheduled to release its debut album Music for Film via Dead Letter Records on Feb. 12th, 2013, is a fresh start for San Antonio-based musician Jared Putnam after years on the road (and a few years off of it) with his former band The Conversation.

“All of that time on tour wrecked my personal life,” Putnam explains. “It was coming out in the worst way when I would perform, but it only took a couple of years before the void from not playing was just too big to ignore.”

After taking part in a couple of projects with friends, Putnam realized a casual interest wasn’t going to be enough, and The March Divide was born.

The band’s debut Music for Film began to take shape when Putnam assigned himself the production duties and started recording some acoustic and vocal tracks. He soon asked his former bandmates from The Conversation – Jorge Ramirez (on Bass) and Mike Hernandez (on Drums) – to come aboard. Musician Laura Wheeler joined them on Vocals and Cello to round out the new group.

“Having Jorge and Mike work on the album with me was great,” says Putnam. “I always felt like I was at my best with them.” Since the breakup of The Conversation, the band members had splintered geographically, so Putnam went about e-mailing files back and forth, and embarking on road trips around Texas that had nothing to do with touring.

“Music for Film is the first album I produced myself, and it was a pain in the ass!” Putnam jokes. He sought help for the mix from John Glover who also worked previously with The Conversation. The album was mastered by TW Walsh.

An acoustic-based album that only has a full drum kit on half of the songs, the unique sound of Music for Film still maintains distinct references to Putnam’s louder influences such as The Promise Ring and Cursive, and Putnam’s love of Elliott Smith comes out in the album’s catchy hooks, clever lyrics and unexpected upbeat moments.

One of these tunes is the album's first single “Still Analog.” “It’s pretty ironic that it’s a pop song about how writing a pop song isn’t the solution to my problems," says Putnam. “I really got my shit together soon after I wrote it, though. It’s essentially about turning over a new leaf.”

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Track Name: Still Analog
I’m Still Analog,
My tape hiss will never stop,
So, I linger in this world that I can’t gauge

I’m old notebooks,
With pin marks and misspelled hooks,
But, I can’t scribble out mistakes that I’ve made

Stupid choices,
But, I think I’ve voiced it,
So, no more songs about all the girls I hate

& I hope you’ve noticed,
I’m working through all this,
Because for you alone, I know that I could change

Please come see me Shannon,
Say you will, say you will
I need you with me Shannon,
Say you will, say you will

I’m still tripped up,
On my bad luck,
That I’ve been famous for since I was a kid

But, you’re my rabbit’s foot,
Yeah, my new outlook,
You’re my reason for fixing who I am

Please come see me Shannon,
Say you will, say you will
I need you with me Shannon,
Say you will, say you will

Aren’t you ready for a change, maybe something far away?
Don’t you think you’ve had enough, don’t you think we’ve had enough?
Aren’t you ready for a break, something long to rest your brain?
Don’t you think you’ve had enough, don’t you think we’ve had enough?

I’m still down and out,
I can’t say what about,
But, if you come to see me, I’m sure that I’ll be fine

No more notebooks,
No more cheesy hooks,
& I promise that you and I will be alright

Please come see me Shannon,
Say you will, say you will
I need you with me Shannon,
Say you will, say you will
Track Name: Davey
Davey,
I heard what happened, I’m sorry I haven’t called,
I know it’s been hard

I’ve been thinking,
Of all the days I’m sure you’ve tried to drink it off,
Since Jake passed on

All this heartache is going to heal,
‘Cause you’re strong enough to make it through this,
He smiled down on you from where ever he is
He’ll always be here,
You’re not really apart,
Just keep him in your heart

Hey Davey,
It’s hard for me to imagine how you feel,
I hope you know that I’m here

But maybe,
You don’t feel alone with all your friends so near,
We all know this is real

All this heartache that you feel,
But you’re strong enough to make it through this,
He smiles down on you from where ever he is
He’ll always be here,
You’re not really apart,

All this heartache is going to heal,
‘Cause you’re strong enough to make it through this,
He smiled down on you from where ever he is
He’ll always be here,
You’re not really apart,
Just keep him in your heart
Track Name: Skinny Brain
I’m a fat guy with a skinny guy’s brain,
I bet my voice isn’t what you thought it’d be

First impressions aren’t always what they seem,
But you liked me then, so I hope that it carries on

I’d change for you if you’d tell me who it was that you want me to change into
&, I guess I want to ask you why, still you haven’t asked me to

Don’t tell me that you think that I am perfect, the way that I am

Because I drink too much & do all these drugs,
I bet you would like me to stop that

So, I’d change for you if you’d tell me who it was that you wanted me to change into,
& I guess I’d like to ask you why, still you haven’t asked me to

I hope you don’t notice that, I might be obsessed with you
I hope you know, it’s not creepy, I just want to be here for you

I’d change for you if you’d tell me who it was that you wanted me to change into,
& I guess I want to ask you why, still you haven’t asked me to
Track Name: I'm Unconvinced
I’m so sick of this,
& it’s no coincidence,
That I could feel this way, because you’re involved

I remain unconvinced,
In your indifference
It’s not hard to say, I won’t need your help

It’s not the journey that terrifies me,
I’ll take it head on, I won’t even hesitate
I’m so worried of who might find me,
I’ll have to face you all, and admit to my mistakes
I hope to God that I’m not too late
Well, I’ve never felt like this, so I stand here unconvinced,
That I need you now

I’m ashamed for what it’s worth,
I understand that you are hurt,
We only ever feel this way, when you’re involved

It’s so hard to anticipate,
It’s gotten harder to concentrate,
I can’t redeem it all with another false start

It’s not the journey that terrifies me,
I’ll take it head on, I won’t even hesitate
I’m so worried of who might find me,
I’ll have to face you all, and admit to my mistakes
I hope to God that I’m not too late
Well, I’ve never felt like this, so I stand here unconvinced,
That I need you now

I welcome the change of pace,
New opportunities to chase,
I can take on all the fall out now

Old steps to re-trace,
New ideas to clear the way,
I’m not comfortable hiding out

I won’t just let it go

I’m ready now,
I’m breaking out,
No more doubt

It’s not the journey that terrifies me,
I’ll take it head on, I won’t even hesitate
I’m so worried of who might find me,
I’ll have to face you all, and admit to my mistakes
I hope to God that I’m not too late
Well, I’ve never felt like this, so I stand here unconvinced,
That I will need you now

I won’t just let it go
Track Name: Pick Me Up
Pick me up,
Before I come apart,
Before it even starts,
I need you to be brave
Pick me up,
Before it becomes clear,
That you were never really here,
Before it’s all gone

There’s so much that I could say
But it all, it wouldn’t change a thing

Pick me up,
Before I come apart,
Before it even starts,
I need you to be brave
Pick me up,
Before it becomes clear,
You’re so fucking insincere,
& now it’s all gone

There’s so much that I could say
But it all, it wouldn’t change a thing

So when you said you’d stay,
Is it what I wanted to hear that day?
Now I know, it’ll never become clear,
So I’ll stand and wait right here

There’s so much that I could say,
But it all, it wouldn’t change a thing
Track Name: I Don't Remember Why
Today’s the day I’ll go outside,
I have nothing left to hide

I don’t remember why

Today’s the day I’ve tried to find,
No illusions left of what I keep inside

I don’t remember why
Track Name: Done Waiting
I’m sitting here with a busy mind,
Thinking, “Why can’t I decide for me?”
It’s consuming me, it’s a typical place to be

I don’t know, but I’ve been told,
This plot I’m in will unfold
Inconsistencies will make sense to me,
In a way they never did before

I’m done waiting for you

So, circumstance has made me change my mind,
Maybe it’s a sign that I’ll believe in anything,
As long as it’s bad for me

The days are passing by and, they’re leaving me behind
I’m in a rut, I know this much
It occurs to me, it’s such a waste of time

I’m done waiting for you

Don’t think about changing,
‘Cause you’ll never change my mind
‘Cause I’m done waiting for you

And, why should I decide?
Track Name: Flake
Call me out on the promises I’ve made,
I deserve the grief you give me everyday
I’ll make it up, I swear I will,
Give me one more chance, I know you still believe in me

I can’t really say I told you the whole truth,
But it’s not fair for you to say I lied to you
I’ll take the blame, I always did,
Just hear me out, I know you’ll be convinced that,

I never meant to fade out
Or, flake out on you

All I ever wanted was to win
But, the daily grind finally did me in
It’s obvious, I can’t defend,
That I had my chance, & won’t come again, not again

All the disappointment shows in my eyes,
That I try, try, try to hide
Just give me back a little bit,
Of my broken heart I never meant to give, to give

I never thought you’d fade out
Or, flake out on me

I know that you had sold me out,
It’s always seemed so strange to me

I never thought you’d fade out
Or, flake out on me
Track Name: Jose Cuervo
This is supposed to be the desert, but it’s snowing outside
The wind chill is strong enough to blow this tumbleweed right by
I feel hated, I’m jaded, I’ve contemplated I should leave this place for somewhere not so cold
But, it’s worse up north and I can’t go south without a permit or a bribe

But, where were you when I needed you today?
Were you still asleep, or just out of reach, or maybe somewhere else instead?
Yeah, it occurs to me, I didn’t need a thing, and I’m sorry I’m so weird that way
But, you and me sounds good for a while

I went to find you, I don’t know you, you found me instead, and we talked about how bad our separate lives had been
We went to a party in the snow, and got fucked up on Jose Cuervo
&, did it even qualify as a memory? Yeah if so, I hope it’s sweet
Because you remind me of better days, that just haven’t happened yet

But, where were you when I needed you today?
Were you still asleep, or just out of reach, or maybe somewhere else instead?
Yeah, it occurs to me, I didn’t need a thing, and I’m sorry I’m so weird that way
But, you and me sounds good for a while

Tell me all the things you think you might have to say
You know me, and that I think that you are so hard to read
Well, I’m sorry that you’re sad
If it were up to me, you would never feel bad
But, I guess you do

But, where were you when I needed you today?
Were you still asleep, or just out of reach, or maybe somewhere else instead?
Yeah, it occurs to me, I didn’t need a thing, and I’m sorry I’m so weird that way
But, you and me sounds good for a while
Track Name: It's All Been Sung
I’m sorry that you feel that way
But, what difference does it make
Your new ideas never came
So, I gave up

That pretentious urge re-shaped me,
I’ve become more than just a human being
On solid ground I start to scream

It’s all been sung
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