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Last In Line

by The Conversation

Sultry guitar riffs, impassioned vocals, and confident lyrics combined with melodic changes and instrumental dexterity, results in memorable, hum-able tunes.
Genre: Rock: Emo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Faster
4:16 album only
2. Green
2:56 album only
3. Always
3:17 album only
4. Down by the Blindside
4:33 album only
5. After School Special
2:59 album only
6. A Gift of Silence
3:23 album only
7. Starting to Rain
2:48 album only
8. In the Middle
4:20 album only
9. Living a Lie
3:03 album only
10. On and On
3:44 album only
11. I'm Sorry Anyway
4:29 album only
12. And the Repetition
2:37 album only


Album Notes
Since 1993, El Paso, TX artist, Jared Putnam has been writing, recording and touring for several different bands. He started his career in the hard rock band Mojo at the age of 15. The band built a substantial following in the Southwest, but Putnam was set on writing and singing his own material.

In 1999, Jared formed the band Level. Soon after forming, they released a demo tape that became an underground sensation, routinely selling out shows around El Paso.

Their CD release, "The Story Of A Boy," caught the eye of a local indie label, Shade Records. In 1999 Shade Records released Level's new self-titled record. In April of 2001, former Hollywood Records A&R rep Scott Liken helped produce a new demo, recording "Gift of Silence," "In The Middle," and "Green." The three songs were recorded at Maddog Studios and mixed at Track Record Studios. The tracks were engineered by Bryan Carlstrom (Alice In Chains, Social Distortion, Offspring), mastered by Mike Major (At the Drive In, Sparta) and produced by Marshall Altman (Diffuser, Frankie Machine).

In January of 2002, the band changed its name to The Conversation and began touring the Western United States, establishing a reputation as an amazing live band. In November the band signed to Dead Letter Records out of St. Paul, MN, and released "Last In Line," a collection of 8 new songs (combined with the Altman tracks).

The band has received radio play on dozens of indie and mainstream stations including spins in Phoenix, L.A. and 99X in Atlanta.



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Chris Woods

Jared Putnam is basically a musical genius but his showmanship live is not to be desired. His material is clearly awesome but his unwillingness to listen to others that truly cared about his music is where he falls short. Jared should already be a house hold name but from my experience of managing him, the road he has chosen may not be compromised for him but it certainly will take a long time and a lot of pain to gain financial success. Then again for him it might not be all about the money. It could be truly, all about the music. That is what he always told me. On any occasion Jared good luck I hope success finds you.

DJ Ulme

Tolle Musik, keine Durchhänger, nicht zu soft,
nicht zu hart, einfach riesige Grooves und rhytmisch

Bruce Lomet (CHINASKI)

Profundity to Spare
The CD "Last In Line" combines powerful, distorted guitar riffs, catchy melodic vocals, and a diversity of drum beats with lyrics that are full of clever phrases and profundity to spare. They've got a definite punk/indie influence but you can't really put this band in a specific genre of music. Not slow and whiny enough to be emo, not fast paced enough to be punk, The Conversation falls perfectly in the middle. If you're looking for powerful vocals matched with guitar riffs that are impossible to get out of your head, buy this album!

CD Baby

If every song of theirs was a pearl, that original grain of sand at the center of everything, worked carefully over time, polished and layered with care and cushion, would be the bare-bones, naked craft of songwriting. Every one of their well-worked, fleshed-out songs starts with a single focus of the song's own voice. it's not about the lush texture, although that is there- it's not about the kick ass guitar lines, although those are there, too; it's simply about a darn good hook, a catchy core that sticks to you and makes itself at home in your head. With nods to Jimmy Eat World, The Jealous Sound and Foo Fighters, you can't go wrong with this album.


I bought the CD at a Goodwill for about $2 and was blown away by the sheer awesomeness of the music on that shiny bit of plastic. Epic stuff!