On July 26, San Antonio-based singer-songwriter Jared Putnam, recording under the moniker of The March Divide, will release “Distractions, Vol. 4,” the latest in a series of “between albums” singles collections. This mini assembly of music includes two new songs, “All I Wanna Do Is Laugh” and “Real Life Is Hard” – tracks which find him further blurring the borders between a host of dizzyingly infectious pop agreements and twangy folk narratives.
“This one was a bit more of a challenge to get done than the other ‘Distractions’ releases,” Putnam explains. “Because of my tour and life schedule. Every time I’d get in the zone, I’d have to walk away for a couple of weeks.”
He’s been unraveling these different sounds for years and has developed an organic feel for how these rhythms co-exist and interact with one another. These releases in particular have allowed Putnam to follow his musical impulses without considering the need for some overarching unity; he simply begins the process and gives his creativity full license to move as it wants and as suits the song.
“One of the things that I like most about the ‘Distractions’ series is that I don’t feel like I need to live up to any expectations,” Putnam says. “I can just go wherever it takes me, not like with an album, where there needs to be some sort of cohesive theme to the songs and production.”
With new single, “All I Wanna Do Is Laugh,” he creates an acoustic landscape filled hooky rhythms, beautifully odd vocal turns and breezy harmonica. The track seems to come together spontaneously, a product of loosely corralled inspiration and unpredictable melodic movements. This seemingly less structured approach doesn’t result in a sound that feels unsure or hesitant – rather, it allows the music to be released from any sense of expectancy or assumption. Putnam invests each moment with a fierce resourcefulness and a care-free resilience which conspire to build a song unmoored of trivial concerns and personal anxieties.
"This song is my own personal anthem to all the haters,” he reveals. “While that might come off as petty or shallow, I think we all need one. I’m tired of letting myself feel insecure, based on the opinions of people that don’t even matter. I’m really making it work, and that’s more than just about any of them can say about themselves. I called my producer friend Mike Major, to ask how to get the 'Cum On Feel The Noize' effect on the lead vocals. I wasn’t exactly sure how to pull it off, but I wanted the lead vocal to come off like a gang yell throughout, and that was the only song I could think of that had what I was going for! He told me to stack it six times, each take from a different part of the room. Not sure if that’s how Quiet Riot did it, but it certainly worked for me."
Check out upcoming tour dates for The March Divide below the track.
07/18/2019: Dallas, TX @ Adair’s Saloon
07/19/2019: San Antonio, TX @ The Point
07/20/2019: Austin, TX @ House Show
07/25/2019: New Braunfels, TX @ Muck & Fuss
08/02/2019: San Antonio, TX @ Market Barbecue
08/03/2019: New Braunfels, TX @ Muck & Fuss (12PM)
08/09/2019: San Antonio, TX @ Southtown 101
08/10/2019: San Antonio, TX @ Freetail Brewing
08/16/2019: Galveston, TX @ Devil & Deep Brewing
08/21/2019: Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
08/22/2019: Tulsa, OK @ Hunt Club
08/23/2019: Kansas City, MO @ KC House
08/24/2019: Wichita, KS @ Gaslight Gardens
08/25/2019: Dallas, TX @ Adair’s Saloon
08/30/2019: San Antonio, TX @ The Point
08/31/2019: San Antonio, TX @ Market Barbecue