Sparta Premiere “Until The Kingdom Comes” Music Video

Sparta, the project featuring ex-At The Drive In guitarist Jim Ward, have premiered a new video for their new song “Until The Kingdom Comes.” This track is from the band’s new self-titled album, which will be released on October 14.

Sparta Premiere New Songs “Mind Over Matter“ & “Spiders“

Sparta, the band featuring Jim Ward (ex-At The Drive In), have shared two new songs including “Mind Over Matter“ (feat. Kayleigh Goldsworthy) and “Spiders“ (feat. Angelica Garcia). These tracks are from the group’s new self-titled album, which will be released on October 14. Ward said the following about “Mind Over Matter“:

“A spitfire of a riff that screamed hope and possibilities. The music directed the lyrics, and I wrote about anybody being able to do anything, hope grown from love — a direct call to myself to write about and sing about the good things in life. The extremely talented Kayleigh Goldsworthy added harmonies and sealed the vibe — one of my favorites from this album.”

“Sparta” Track Listing:

01. “Kill The Man, Eat The Man”
02. “It Goes”
03. “Three Rivers”
04. “Hello Rabbit”
05. “Slip Away”
06. “Just Wait”
07. “Until The Kingdom Comes”
08. “Mind Over Matter”
09. “Carry On”
10. “Dark Red Quicksand”
11. “Spiders”
12. “True To Form”

Watch Against Me!, Converge, Etc. Members Cover U2’s “Two Hearts Beat As One”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds has joined forces with James Bowman (Against Me!), Jim Ward (Sparta, ex-At The Drive In), Nate Newton (Converge, Cave In, etc.), and Atom Willard (Against Me!) for a cover of U2’s “Two Hearts Beat As One.” You can check that out below:

Jim Ward (Sparta, Ex-At The Drive In) Premieres New Song “Paper Fish”

Jim Ward (Sparta, ex-At The Drive In) has premiered a new song titled “Paper Fish.” This track is from his new solo album “Daggers,” which will be released on June 11.

“Daggers” Track Listing:

01. “Day By Day”
02. “Blink Twice”
03. “Electric Life”
04. “Paper Fish”
05. “I Got A Secret” (feat. Shawna Potter of War On Women)
06. “Keep On Failure”
07. “Polygraph (Attack)”
08. “Foreign Currency”
09. “Safe Pair Of Hands”
10. “King Yourself”

“Fest 19” Postponed To 2021

This year’s edition of The Fest has been postponed to 2021. The event will be held in Gainesville, FL on October 29-31 and it will feature: Gorilla Biscuits, Frank Turner, The Menzingers, Sparta, Torche, Teenage Bottlerocket, Comeback Kid, Sheer Mag, War On Women, and more. Organizers issued the following statement:

“Fest 19 is being postponed to October 29, 30, 31, 2021. We know it has been a hard year for everyone so far, and we do not think it’s possible to safely hold a music festival anytime soon. Luckily we’ve confirmed a ton of bands for the new dates, and we got more coming still! If you bought a pass, hotel or merch; please lookout for an e-mail from Sarasvati with instructions on how to roll those over or get a refund. Please continue doing your part to push our leaders to protect people over profits, stand up for positive social change, and wear a mask! Thank you so much for your patience and we hope to see everyone at Fest 19 in 2021! Full details at: thefestfl.com

Sparta‘s Jim Ward Announces Virtual Benefit Shows

Sparta‘s Jim Ward has announced three virtual benefit shows. Tickets can be found HERE with proceeds set to go towards the El Paso Community Foundation and the Black Lives Matter movement. Here’s the dates and times:

June 12th – North America – 8pm MT / 10pm ET
June 12th – Europe – 8pm CEST
June 13th – Japan/AUS/NZ – 3pm AEST

Sparta (Ex-At The Drive In) Premiere “Turquoise Dream” Video, Announce Rescheduled Dates

Sparta (ex-At The Drive In) have premiered a new video for their song “Turquoise Dream.” This track is from the band’s new album “Trust The River,” which was released today (April 10).

In other news, Sparta have also postponed their spring tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s the new dates:

07/08 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
07/09 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
07/11 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
07/15 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
07/16 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
07/17 Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
07/18 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
07/19 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
07/23 Austin, TX – Mohawk (inside)
07/24 Austin, TX – Mohawk (inside)
07/25 Austin, TX – Mohawk (inside)

Hot Water Music, Torche, Sparta, Etc. Set For 2020 The Fest

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2020 edition of The Fest. The event will take place on October 30 – November 1 in Gainesville, FL.

Here’s the initial lineup:

  • Hot Water Music (performing “A Flight And A Crash” on night 1, all request set on night 2)
  • Cursive (20th anniversary of “Domestica” set)
  • Samiam (20th anniversary of “Astray set)
  • Frank Turner
  • The Flatliners (10th anniversary of “Cavalcade” set)
  • Red City Radio
  • Strike Anywhere
  • Torche
  • A Wilhelm Scream
  • Good Riddance
  • Sparta
  • The Applesee Cast
  • Tim Barry
  • Modern Life Is War
  • Mustard Plug
  • The Bad Signs
  • Bong Mountain
  • The Copyrights
  • Criteria
  • Dead Bars
  • Devon Kay & The Solutions
  • Dikembe
  • Dollar Signs
  • The Farewell Bend
  • Giants Chair
  • Gouge Away
  • Graduating Life
  • Kill Lincoln
  • Makewar
  • Mock Orange
  • Moving Targets
  • Origami Angel
  • Pool Kids
  • Prince Daddy & The Hyena
  • Signals Midwest
  • Sincere Engineer
  • Skatune Network
  • Slingshot Dakota
  • Such Gold
  • Taking Meds
  • Typesetter
  • We Are The Union
  • Wolf-Face
  • Zeta
  • After The Fall
  • Answering Machine
  • Articles
  • Billy Liar
  • Cabana Wear
  • Cold Wrecks
  • Debt Neglector
  • Demons
  • Elders
  • Expert Timing
  • I Like Allie
  • Insignificant Other
  • Jail Socks
  • Kali Masi
  • Lapêche
  • Leg Biters
  • Little Teeth
  • Lone Wolf
  • Lost Love
  • Machinist!
  • New Junk City
  • Niiice.
  • Pity Party
  • Phogoh
  • Rational Anthem
  • Reconciler
  • Riskee & The Ridicule
  • S.M.N.
  • The Scutches
  • Secret Spirit
  • Spells
  • Sports Reference
  • Suck Brick Kid
  • Sunliner
  • Teen Agers
  • Telethon
  • Tim Holehouse
  • Virginity
  • Woolbright
  • You Vandal
  • Amygdala
  • Brightr
  • Carpool
  • Consent
  • Dead Friends
  • Dog Party
  • Echo Base
  • Ghouli
  • Guilhem
  • Gutless
  • The Longest Hall
  • Menagramo
  • Original Sharkes
  • Postage
  • Soft Clicks
  • Sparrows

Sparta (Ex-At The Drive In) Premiere “Miracle” Video

Sparta (ex-At The Drive In) have premiered a new video for their new song “Miracle.” This track is from the band’s new album “Trust The River,” which will be released on April 10.

Jim Ward told Consequence Of Sound the following:

“(Once in the studio) I had all the parts to a song that was being written in the moment…we rehearsed it through twice, then recorded a version to listen back to. That version is what you hear now- we never touched it again.

It was an experience I’ve never had before, a song exploding into existence and never looking back….it’s inspired by a fictional timeless romance that’s not been allowed. Lovers who, for whatever reason, can’t share a home or a life. Maybe the lovers are in a time when interracial or interfaith or homosexual relationships are forbidden – but the tag of the song is ‘sometimes miracles come late.’

As in – don’t give up on the love, don’t give up on the faith, don’t give up on hope – don’t give up on the song.”

Sparta (Ex-At The Drive In) Premiere “Empty Houses” Video

Sparta (ex-At The Drive In) have premiered a new video for their new song “Empty Houses.” This track is from the band’s new album “Trust The River,” which will be released on April 10.

Jim Ward commented:

“Our bass player Matt Miller brought in the completed music and lyrical concept for ‘Empty Houses‘ and I fell in love with it – I worked out the final lyrics and vocals pretty quickly in the studio with David Garza bouncing lines back and forth.

The idea centers around the void left by the market crash and what became of the houses left vacant. We wanted to capture some of that anxiety and fear that must have surrounded those times and try to imagine how to cope.”

Tour Dates:

04/23 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
04/24 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
04/25 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
04/29 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
04/30 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
05/01 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
05/02 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
05/03 Somerville, MA – ONCE Ballroom
05/08 Austin, TX – Mohawk (feat. Emily Davis & The Murder Police and Crystal Rippers)
05/09 Austin, TX – Mohawk (feat. Emily Davis & The Murder Police and Crystal Rippers)
05/10 Austin, TX – Mohawk (feat. Emily Davis & The Murder Police and Crystal Rippers)