Jim Ward comments on Sparta’s ‘fresh start’ at The Texas Show
Sparta’s Jim Ward dropped some exciting thoughts on the band’s current situation and possible revival during a gig in El Paso, Texas last night.
Ward, the only remaining founding member of the band, said the performance marked a “new beginning” for Sparta. He went on to say that the group is currently in a period of revival and the show was the start of that process.
This is an intriguing development, as Sparta has seen a few lineup changes in recent years and has been relatively quiet since the 2017 announcement of the band’s new lineup (which consists of returning members Ward, Matt Miller and Gabriel Gonzalez, as well as former Cursive and Beach Slang drummer Cully Symington) and their 2020 release trust the river.
Ward, on the other hand, has been active as a solo artist since last night’s announcement. In April 2021, Ward announced his solo album Daggers which was then released the following June. That same June, Ward announced that he would be performing solo on tour with Thrice and Touché Amoré.
It will be interesting to see how Sparta develops in this new era and if they are able to recapture the magic that made them one of the most exciting post-hardcore bands of the early 2000s.
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