How skint are they?
talking about the right band?
Sorry. I still have tickets for their Cardiff gig which they never played due to splitting up. Wonder if it is still valid?
But time ticked on and you had to go there at specific hours or something. I saw someone try to sell one on Ebay, didn't go for much.
I'd guess Jim Ward would be key to it. He's always seemed very anti in the past. Maybe they are doing it without him, but surely they can't get away with that?!
I dunno - it's something I'd definitely be up for seeing. When I saw them play before I was 16 and kind of swamped in the middle of a rabid crowd of big men at the Astoria, and they did seem to be overdoing it a bit on stage too. Maybe this time with a lot more experience under their belts it will make for a better show in terms of how the songs come across, if not perhaps in terms of the energy of the performance. I'll go if they do play, provided its not £40 a ticket at the 02 or something stupid.
new volta album next year so theyll be touring that
Not sure why they would, really.
They're a pretty niche band.
A band as seminal as them would get alot of publicity, it would attract more than their fans
Theyve got support from the nme, kerrang, and pitchfork camps, probably even the boring rockist Q magazine, aging emo and hardcore kids feeling nostalgic. not saying it would be quite the same level but I reckon the pixies reunion is a good example of when a niche band blows up on reformation
in a big fish small pond kind of way. Not in a global musical phenomenon kindo of way. They could probably sell out a few shows at medium-sized venues in the US and UK.
Think youre underestimating their popularity, think a fairly high billing at coachella, could even headline reading easy, string of multi night residencies, and publicity boost for current projects, still dont think shedloads is an understatement
glad i got to see them in that small tent at reading before they split.
no way I would miss em if they came back
but if they are not reforming can they reissue relationship of command on vinyl instead, I want it but it sells for too much!
Somehow it was being Ebayed for around a tenner. I have given up trying to find In Casino Out, that is just too much.
thats a bargain had there.
Is it still worth checking out Relationship of Command?
If it's an hour of prog-wanking & not the post-hardcore masterpiece I'm promised, I'll be pissed.
No two ways about it. I find The Mars Volta to be unlistenable self-indulgent tosh, but ATD-I were brilliant.
But that's happening too
I highly doubt those guys would be willing to devote the time to ATD-I – unless it were a one-off, probably in El Paso.
On August 3, 2011, Jim Ward officially announced that Sparta is awake, in his blog:
Hi everyone- here is the official word from the sparta headquarters-
After a three-year nap, Sparta will play their first show since 2008 this November in their hometown of El Paso, TX. They’re confirmed to perform on November 17 at Tricky Falls, the newly renovated venue co-owned by frontman Jim Ward. The band – Ward, drummer Tony Hajjar, bassist Matt Miller, and guitarist Keeley Davis – will also head into the studio this fall to begin work on their fourth LP, the follow-up to 2006’s Threes.
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