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Sparta (Anti-)

Jim Ward Vocals/Guitar 

Matt Miller Bass 

Tony Hajjar Drums 

Keeley Davis Guitar/Vocals 

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Sparta (Anti-)

If you happened to walk by a certain street in a deserted part of El Paso, Texas last fall, you would have heard unusual sounds amid the clanking next to a furniture factory. Leaking out through the cracks, from what appeared to be an abandoned warehouse, were mysterious sounds of despair, growth, renewal, faith lost, and faith gained. Some of it was melodic, and some was dissonant, but all had a certain constant energy. If a passerby were a student of alternative rock, the warehouse songs would have been at once familiar but also distant, like a refrain lost in memory.

Inside the warehouse were the four men of Sparta, and those sessions were the genesis of Threes, out on Anti Records April 30, 2007. That this much anticipated album began in such humble origins is no accident, since Sparta picked the confines exactly because they were anonymous. We wanted to strip away everything and get back to the songs themselves, says singer/guitarist Jim Ward. In a larger context, we wanted to explore why we even were a band. It was the perfect setting to do that: It was autumn in El Paso, and it was moody and stormy in the high desert. There was a sense of isolation and frontier to it. In many ways, it was the remaking of our band.

That remaking is both metaphorical and literal: Though Threes is the band's third full-length release (following the acclaimed Wiretap Scars in 2002, and Porcelain in 2004), it is the first Sparta album for Anti Records. It is also the band's first with guitarist Keeley Davis, who joined in 2005, and previously played with Denali and Engine Down. Bassist Matt Miller and drummer Tony Hajjar round out Sparta's line-up.

Sparta was formed by Ward and Hajjar in 2001, but the two musicians are celebr...



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