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Event Archive - Sparta, In Medias Res

Thu. February 21st 2013 The Biltmore Cabaret (No Minors)
$22 +s/c in advance
Tickets at: Zulu Records, Biltmore offsales, Red Cat Records, Ticketweb, Dandelion Records & Emporium
American rockers from El Paso, Texas, formed Sparta in 2001. Founding members Jim Ward (vocalist/guitarist) and Tony Hajjar (drummer) are also members of post-hardcore group At the Drive-In. Keeley Davis (guitarist) is the former frontman of Engine Down.

After the demise of their previous band, At the Drive-In, drummer Tony Hajjar and bassist Paul Hinojos got together and talked about forming a new band. Hinojos contacted former At the Drive-In guitarist and back-up vocalist Jim Ward to take the role of lead vocalist. After a brief stint with Erick Sanger, the three recruited Matt Miller, a native to El Paso and then bassist of the band Belknap to permanently fill the position of bassist, with Hinojos switching to guitar. The band then scored a deal with Dreamworks in 2001. The band released their first EP entitled Austere in early 2002 under the name Sparta. The EP met with mixed reviews, with most believing that the group had talent and the ability, but had yet to find their voice.


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In Medias Res (Post-Everything)

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Formed over a decade ago, Vancouver-based In Medias Res has risen from a fledgling act full of potential to one of the most lauded performers in the city. Re-teaming with esteemed producer Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight, Jordan Klassen) and mixed by Dave Carswell and John Collins (Tegan and Sara, The New Pornographers), their latest album released... more info