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 Last Featured on this show July 30, 2015

The March Divide - Billions
October 21st, 2014 "Impressively hooky." - American Songwriter
"Sublimely blending Athens jangle with just enough mope to attract fans of The Cure." BLURT
"These songs are all about lyrics and melodies." - Babysue.
As Emo bands reunite left and right, playing their old songs for nostalgia's sake, Jared Putnam of the San Antonio - based The March Divide is unapologetically wearing his past on his sleeve, still writing these types of songs, but from an adult perspective.
"I'm finally at a stage in my life where I don't have to bleed all over the page to write a song," Putnam says. It seems that, as a songwriter whose previous band The Conversation came up in that tortured musical era, Putnam's feeling pretty good.
"I was in a good place writing Billions," he affirms, speaking of The March Divide's upcoming sophomore full-length scheduled for release on October 21st, 2014. The new album is the most recent collection to emerge from Putnam's near-constant level of musical output over the past two years.
"I had written a lot of songs," he plainly explains of what he'd been doing during his six years of public silence between ending the non-stop touring of The Conversation (the band shared stages with The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Against Me! and more) and the start of The March Divide. After he kicked back into gear and released The March Divide's debut album Music for Film in 2013, Austin's NPR-affiliate KUTX simply declared "this album kicks butt." More press accolades followed, proving that the time off yielded some of the best material of Putnam's career. From there, Putnam just kept going, releasing an additional three EPs, and recording the upcoming Billions, along with another EP "+1" which is already in the can for an early 2015 release.
"I haven't been taking everything so seriously, which really helped me to open up," he says of the new material, which while less earnest than previous releases, is still completely clever. And thanks to producer Todd Osterhouse, more accessible.
"Recording in San Antonio with Todd was a great experience. We went in and tracked the album with the intent of doing something very stripped down," Putnam explains.
"Then he suggested we let him mix a couple of songs in the way he was hearing them. We got out of the way, and he ultimately took the tunes to a more sonically appealing place."
Fans of The March Divide will hear this progression for the first time on "I Told You So,"
an uproarious "fuck you" tune about the personal motivation that comes from facing opposition. "My favorite songs are always old school, messy guitar rock like early REM or Catherine Wheel," Putnam says of the first single from Billions. "That's really what we were going for with this one."
See The March Divide live this fall and winter, with tour dates in support of Billions to be announced soon. Whether or not we'll see The March Divide paired up with a reunited Emo band is currently unknown, but Putnam assures "There will be lots and lots of shows, all over the place, both full band and solo!" Billions, the sophomore album from The March Divide arrives on October 21st, 2014. The album's first single "I Told You So" is streaming now.

(PST) Artist Song length
11:00 The March Divide I Told You So 02:51
11:02 Riff Reign Down To The Town 03:11
11:06 Riff Reign Last Night 04:16
11:10 AirCrash Detectives Daddy I Want A Pony 04:51
11:15 Carlos Wilde My Way Home 02:47
11:21 John Cubbin YOU ARE MY EYES 2 04:50
11:26 PanMad Devil In Need 04:48
11:31 Paul Christopher Only Time 03:28
11:35 The Pieces of Mind I Wish You Would 02:52
11:37 Richard Gilbert I Would Go 05:23
11:43 Silent Stranger Make Way For the Ladies 04:58
11:48 T Dawn It Cuts Like A Knife 04:03
11:52 Jon Storm It's Been A Long 03:03
11:55 DownFall Sleaze 04:43
12:00 Paul Christopher Relax And Take It Slow 03:55
12:03 Kostas Mitsas Lonely Heart 05:13
12:09 Kostas Mitsas Love is a face 03:07
12:12 Joanna Weston What Are We Fighting For 02:59
12:15 Paulina Logan Forever 02:18
12:17 The Boulton Brothers Band Bide Our Time 06:04
12:23 The Method Insecurity 03:24
12:27 NEEHISOX Friendly Ashes 03:51
12:30 Paul Christopher What's The Use Of Trying 03:01
12:33 Phillip Foxley Seize The Day (OKTeam) 05:13
12:39 Pipeline Faith 03:17
12:42 Ralf Dee The Lucky Ones 04:17
12:46 REVEL 9 Onlyone 03:06
12:49 The Rickaneers Regime 03:29
12:53 Sanctioned to Life In the Shadows 04:09
12:57 Striped Sight Hold Me Down 05:48
1:03 Paul Christopher Will The Comet Collide 03:47
1:07 Summa Sex Gun  03:40
1:10 Wily Bo Walker & Karena K Love Will Find A Way 03:59
1:14 Witchdoctor Dogma 05:38
1:20 Agony In The Garden Time 04:34
1:24 Alex Thomas Skeletons 03:23
1:28 Andy Zovko It Was Just Bad Ryhming 03:21
1:31 The Angeles Project Radio 03:33
1:35 Paul Christopher Angela's Overture 03:13
1:38 Bittersweet Collapse Overdrive 03:48
1:42 Bri Payne Back To The Bottle 02:46
1:44 Brian Lambert Paranoid Punk 03:08
1:48 Citizen Joe Die in My Arms 04:52
1:52 vanilla base chasing a dream 03:45
1:56 DownFall No Tomorrow 03:42