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Album Review – The March Divide “Saturdays”

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Jared Putnam of The March Divide as photographed by Greg Gabrisch

 

San Antonio based musician, Jared Putnam, who plays as pop-rock band The March Divide, is probably one of the hardest working guys you will meet. From constant touring and networking to cranking out an impressive catalog of music, Jared doesn’t stop. Continuing with that full head of steam, The March Divide announced the upcoming release of a new album, Saturdays. The thought of a new MD album had me drooling. I was beyond excited when I got the chance to preview Saturdays, and it definitely did not disappoint. From saucy riffs, savory melodies and succulent lyrics, there is a reason my mouth was watering. Each song takes you on a different journey and leaves you wanting more. There are a lot of new sounds and ideas that were tried on this album as well. Putnam challenged himself  to bring less traditional forms of percussion to pop songs to breathe some fresh air in his music. “I wanted to try and bring the songs to a whole new level of pop sonics,” Putnam said. “For Saturdays, I took it upon myself, even with my less than impressive percussion skills, to try and make it happen.” After explaining an idea 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, he mention another tactic he tried. “I wrote several songs that are between 90 seconds and two minutes long, 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 said. My personal favorites include “Stacey” and “I Don’t Recall”, which you can hear the varied percussion and shorter styled songs, respectively. All in all, this is a solid album that  you will leave on repeat for weeks, be humming in your head non-stop and hear in your dreams. Furthermore, I think it will also help take The March Divide to the next level.“Saturdays” arrives on May 13th, don’t sleep on it. You can stream the first single from Saturdays titled “Exit Signs” below.

About Jacob Andrew

Jacob Andrew has had a passion for music from a very young age. Noticing a natural talent in keeping a rhythm, Jacob Andrew’s mom enrolled him in drum lessons at age six! As soon as he stepped into that music shop for his first lesson, his passion for music spread like wild fire. A few years after taking drum lessons, Jacob Andrew saved up enough to buy a guitar and started teaching himself to play. Fast forward to now Jacob Andrew can play over 10 different instruments, and is an accomplished singer/song writer!

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