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July 12, 2006


Hollywood recording artists Sparta are gearing up for the October 10th release of THREES, the much-anticipated new album featuring lead single “Taking Back Control.” On July 11, the band will debut the single, which is also featured in the new Madden 07 video game from EA Sports, with an exclusive

24-hour stream on their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/sparta). They will also premiere their fourth video podcast on their official website (www.spartamusic.com) the same day.

The quartet (vocalist/guitarist Jim Ward, drummer Tony Hajjar, bassist Matt Miller and guitarist Keeley Davis) will preview “Taking Back Control” and select tracks from the album with a string of special club dates beginning with an already sold-out July 29th show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. A week later, on August 6th, they’ll join the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, The Raconteurs, Gnarls Barkley and a host of others at this year’s Lollapalooza, and on September 4th, they’ll rock Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival.

Like previous releases Wiretap Scars (2002) and Porcelain (2004), THREES is fiery and intense, but the band has expanded its brand of textural post-punk with sweeping and hypnotic melodic passages. The result is a powerful, uncompromising record unique in its vision and sound.

About the new album, Ward says, “Bands often talk about each new record as being an evolution, but in our case this album isn’t a step to where we’re going—we’re already there. This album marks our graduation.”

The full track listing for THREES is as follows:

1. Untreatable Disease

2. Crawl

3. Unstitch Your Mouth

4. Taking Back Control

5. Erase It Again

6. Atlas

7. The Most Vicious Crime

8. False Start

9. Weather The Storm

10. Red.Right.Return. (Straight In Our Hands)

11. Without A Sound

12. Translations (featuring guest vocalist Merry Clayton, who sang with Ray Charles and sang backup

vocals on The Rolling Stones classic,“Gimme Shelter”)

On July 12, the band will premiere its fourth video podcast (www.spartamusic.com) featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes studio footage along with a sneak preview of Eme Nakia, a short film that will be packaged with the album. The movie is based on drummer Hajjar’s traumatic childhood growing up with an ailing mother amidst a civil war in Beirut, Lebanon, and follows the family’s escape to El Paso, Texas. The film’s stark visuals are set against a musical backdrop scored by the band.

Formed in 2001 by Ward and Hajjar, Sparta quickly made its mark with the Austere EP in early 2002 and followed a few months later with full-length debut, Wiretap Scars. Two years later, the band released the highly praised Porcelain. Spin gave it an A-, writing that it "drips empathy and emphasis," while Entertainment Weekly proclaimed it to be "personal, cohesive and daring."

Don’t miss your chance to catch Sparta playing a scalding mix of fan favorites and new songs live. Tour dates are as follows:


Sat. July 29 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

Tues, Aug. 1 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad

Wed., Aug. 2 Denver, CO Hi-Dive

Thurs., Aug. 3 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck

Fri., Aug. 4 St. Louis, MO Creepy Crawl

Sun, Aug. 6 Chicago Lollapalooza

Mon., Sept. 4 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival

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