Jim Ward from SPARTA interview: Wiretap Scars Anniversary Tour, musical beginnings and next album

SPARTA formed from the ashes of seminal rockers AT THE DRIVE-IN who disbanded in 2001. Released in 2002 to huge praise from postpunk and hardcore audiences, their debut album Wiretap Scars filled the gap left by their former group and won over the harshest critics. The album features the single ‘Cut Your Ribbon’ and epic live favourites ‘Air’ and ‘Collapse’.

The album served as a reminder of how important Jim Ward’s backing vocals were to the sound of At the Drive-In. Previously known as a side man, SPARTA gave him the kudos to bring his voice and ideas to the fore – creating incredible records like Wiretap Scars.

The Everblack Podcast spoke to Jim Ward from SPARTA to talk about the upcoming ‘Wiretap Scars’ 20th anniversary celebration Australian tour, the massive impact the album has had on fans, the origins of his playing style, next album and more!

Watch/listen to the interview here: 


SPARTA May 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Thursday May 16th BRISBANE, The Triffid

Friday May 17th SYDNEY, Metro Theatre

Saturday May 18th MELBOURNE, Croxton Bandroom

Wednesday May 22nd ADELAIDE, The Gov

Thursday May 23rd PERTH, Rosemount Hotel

Tickets on sale NOW from: https://metropolistouring.com/sparta-2024/