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The March Divide / Press

“Combining The March Divide’s angsty punk-folk style with an incredibly passionate web of lyrical brilliance, the consistency and draw achieved in these seven songs is one of a kind. There were hints to this in the previous release, but it hits head on with this entire EP. The album digs through a style that is certain to draw associations with early REM but I can’t help but find myself seeing this as a sound I’ve never quite experienced. Though both Music For… releases are looked at as a whole large body of work, according to Putnam, this fe”

“We enjoyed the last disc that we received by this band (Music For Film), a project that apparently required a great deal of effort as it was bandleader Jared Putnam's first attempt to produce his own music. If that was the album that provided the learning curve, then Music For Television is the disc where all the pieces came together exactly as they should have. Clocking in at just over 24 minutes, this disc features smart, upbeat guitar-driven pop tunes with plenty of punch and sparkle. New band members Mike Hernandez (drums) and Jeremy Brooks (bass) provide the perfect rhythmic foundation for Putnam's inspired wordplay. All seven of these tracks pack a punch...but our own particular favorites include "Like I Do," "So It Goes," "Write Off," and "Duplex."”

“Any of the album’s 10 tracks really could be for a cinema score. They’re well-crafted pop tunes with emotional intensity and fine musicianship. It’s not Americana music so much as solidly American music. Make a tub of buttered popcorn and give Music for Film a listen.”

“#5 Song of 2012: “Still Analog” – The March Divide. It’s a pop song about pop songs, and it involves clapping and snapping. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!”

““Music for Film” strikes a balance between jangling guitar indie rock and lyric-driven power pop. ”

“Music For Film is modern folk with an air of post-punk fallout standing in a downpour of pop with only an acoustic guitar and love letters to shield itself from being drenched. Though it does everything in its power to prevent becoming soaked, it can’t help but get a little wet. It struggled to find itself early on, but by the end it stood proudly in the rain, belting out passionate confidence.”

“All in all, Music For Film starts off 2013 with catchy indie pop crafted to lift spirits throughout the cold and dark winter months.”

“This album kicks butt, quite frankly.”

“From the ashes of the Conversation comes new Jared Putnam-fronted col-lective the March Divide, who serve up one of the new year’s more promis-ing debuts in “Music for Film.” Putnam’s inspired choice to add Laura Wheeler as co-vocalist and cello player is what sets this 10-track release apart. The two have palpable chemistry and have mas-tered the boy-girl singing dynamic. You won’t find a clunker on the album, and the March Divide are especially impressive on “Still Analog,” “Skinny Brain,” “I’m Uncon-vinced,” “I Don’t Remem-ber,” “Jose Cuervo” and dynamic closer “It’s All Been Sung.” The band launched a tour in sup-port of “Music for Film” earlier this month. Here’s hoping they make a stop in Pittsburgh.”

Jeffery Sisk - The Daily News - Pittsburgh

“Music For Film is a good album for a quiet, contemplative afternoon or for remembering harder days long since passed.”

“Picture yourself driving down a wide-open Texas road. There’s nothing to see for miles, just dust and highway. But it doesn’t feel empty; it feels open. Got that picture in your mind? Good. Keep it there, and now you’re ready to listen to Music for Film by The March Divide. Jared Putnam – the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist – drove around the Lone Star State while making the album, a fact that comes through in its lyrics and style. Joined by his former band mates from The Conversation — Jorge Ramirez (bass) and Mike Hernandez (drums) — and bolstered by the cello and vocal contributions of Laura Wheeler, Putnam created an album that might double as a soundtrack for Texas.”

“Taking on the production duties himself, Putnam eventually settled on an acoustic-based record, with drums on just half of the songs. This stripped down approach suited him and the band just fine, and you can hear some of his influences, such as Elliott Smith and Cursive, slip through your speakers. About their latest single, the Wheeler sung “Pick Me Up,” Putnam says, “it portrays that feeling you can’t get passed when all you can say is, ‘What the fuck just happened!?”” Smearing glossy pop theatrics across Wheeler’s emotional vocals and twisting them together with brightly chiming guitars, the band delivers a slice of sugary rock that manages to get stuck in your head and has you singing the chorus hours after you’ve heard it.”

“The debut full-length release from The March Divide, the new band created by Jared Putnam who was previously in the El Paso, Texas-based band The Conversation. Music For Film features tracks with a full band as well as cuts driven mainly by acoustic guitar. These songs are all about lyrics and melodies, both of which are the central focus throughout the album. Putnam has a sound that should appeal to a wide range of listeners. His observations are about everyday situations and he comes across like a nice sincere guy who truly loves making music. Ten hummable tracks here including "Still Analog," "I'm Unconvinced," "Flake," and "It's All Been Sung."”

“Kinda of like the “Hey There Delilah” song, but with the oomph of a marching band. And there’s ten songs of it.”

“Whether it’s in a full band setting or just Putnam and his guitar, Music For Film is acoustic music that moves you to think about the song, and how it applies to you, or how you would like to be able to do the things expressed in the song. You know your life is not being captured on film, but their songs convince you that life is easy when there is a beginning, middle, and end. In this case, life has already begun, we’re all going through eternal middles, but hope that by the time we reach our end, it will be as satisfying as the music Putnam performs here.”

“The March Divide, scheduled to release its debut album Music For Film via Dead Letter Records on February 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. 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.” Check out the impressively hooky track”