Jim Ward (musician)

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Jim Ward
Jim Ward 1.jpg
Jim Ward in 2006
Background information
Birth name James David Ward
Born (1976-09-19) September 19, 1976 (age 38)
Origin El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, Post-hardcore, Art punk, Indie rock, Alternative country
Occupations Musician, Vocalist, Guitarist
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano/Keyboards
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts Sparta
Sleepercar
At the Drive-In

James David Ward (born September 19, 1976) is an American musician. A self-taught guitarist and pianist, he is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Sparta; he is also the co-founder of the seminal post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, which he formed in 1993 when he was 17 years old.

At the Drive-In[edit]

While in At the Drive-In, Ward played guitar and sang backup vocals, as well as playing piano and keyboards on select songs. He performed lead vocals on one track, entitled "Hourglass", and sang co-lead with lead vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala on a number of tracks. Using the money from his college savings, he created the label "Western Breed Records" specifically to release Hell Paso and Alfaro Vive, Carajo!, At the Drive-in's first two releases. After the demise of At the Drive-In, Ward has stated that he is happy with the break-up, that he started the band when he was 17, and felt like he was always 17 while in the band. On January 9, 2012, it was announced that At the Drive-In were reforming.[1]

Sparta[edit]

Following the demise of At the Drive-In, Ward joined with Tony Hajjar and Paul Hinojos as the lead vocalist and guitar player for a new musical project; Matt Miller was later recruited to play the bass guitar.[2] The band, Sparta, wrote nearly nine songs in their first week of rehearsal, with all members incorporating ideas and lyrics. Ward cites Radiohead and Billy Joel as influences for his song-writing during this period, which led to Ward incorporating more piano in Sparta (despite his informal knowledge of the instrument).[3]

Sparta eventually signed a record contract with the Geffen media company and released its debut album, Wiretap Scars, in 2002.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ward was born in El Paso, Texas. He is a 1994 graduate of El Paso High School and has been married to his wife Kristine since March 2001.

Discography[edit]

With At the Drive-In[edit]

With Sparta[edit]

With Bobby Byrd[edit]

Solo[edit]

- Contributed the song "These Years"
- Contributed a cover of the song "Lay Lady Lay"

With Sleepercar[edit]

Equipment[edit]

With At the Drive-In[edit]

Whilst a member of At the Drive-In, Ward used different guitars and amps, as well as several keyboards. The following is a list of some of the equipment Ward performed with during this era:

Guitars

  • Gibson Melody Maker
  • Epiphone SG Special 1961 50th Anniversary (used at the 2012 Coachella Festival with At the Drive-In)
  • Tokai SG-60
  • Gibson SG Jr
- Ward has used two of these guitars—a green SG with a white pearl pickguard and a sticker of the Texan flag,[4] and a white version with a tortoise pickguard and a sticker of the Welsh flag.[5] It is difficult to associate a production year with this pair of guitars; whilst both might have been produced before 1965, due to the smaller pick-guard, the guitars also consisted of customized pick-guards (all SG Jr's originally came with black pick-guards) and, therefore, it is possible that they are later models.
  • Fernandes Monterey X (custom)
- Ward owned two Monterey X model guitars, one of which had a sticker of the Welsh flag below the bridge.[6]

Amplifiers

  • Marshall Cabinet and Head
  • Mesa Boogie Head

With Sparta[edit]

Ward uses several different guitars and amplifiers while performing with Sparta. Since the equipment Ward uses changes from tour to tour, the following is a list of some of the equipment he has been seen using.

Guitars

  • Custom Fender Esquire
- Ward employs two of these, one yellow with a black pickguard, and one black with a white pickguard (50's Series Re-Issue with a Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pickup in the bridge)
  • Epiphone SG Special 1961 50th Anniversary
  • Ibanez Jetking[7]
  • Rickenbacker 330[8]
  • Gibson ES-335 (Ebony finish)[citation needed]
- Bridge pickup was later replaced for a Gibson P-94.[9] This guitar was recently stolen from the band's storage facility in Los Angeles.[citation needed]
  • '72 Fender Telecaster Deluxe
- Neck pickup, tone and control dials for neck pickup, and pickup selector removed. Ward employs two of these, one with a black pickguard,[citation needed] and one with a tortoise shell pickguard.[citation needed] However, Ward may have replaced the pickguard at some point, therefore only owning one rather than two.
  • Gibson SG
  • Gibson Melody Maker

Amplifiers

  • Vox AC30
  • Marshall Cabinet and Head
  • Mesaboogie Head
  • Park Head

Effects[edit]

  • BOSS DM-3 Delay
  • BOSS TR-2 Tremolo
  • Line 6 DL-4
  • BOSS Chromatic Tuner
  • Guyatone MD-3
  • BOSS GE-7
  • Klon Centaur
  • Electro-Harmonix Big Muff (Sovtek)
  • BOSS DD-3
  • Ernie Ball Volume Pedals (2)

Side projects[edit]

He has an alternative country sideproject called Sleepercar, where he also plays guitar and sings lead vocals.

Ward also wrote for the El Paso weekly alternative magazine What's Up, in a column entitled "From the End of this Pen".

Ward now co-owns a cafe, Eloise, and a bar/music venue, Bowie Feathers & Tricky Falls.

In the fall of 2009, Ward was a performer on Chuck Ragan's Revival Tour, alongside Ragan, Tim Barry, Jenny Owen Youngs, Kevin Seconds, Audra Mae, Frank Turner and others.[10]

Ward's main outlet for news is his co-owned, newly improved website, Tembloroso. The website was redesigned, and reopened on February 14, 2011. It also features his new blog.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: At The Drive-In to reunite". Alternative Press. 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  2. ^ a b honeycombroadmap (13 July 2007). "Sparta - Hope, Politics and Freedom". thedwarf.com.au. thedwarf.com.au. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Martÿn ter Haar (23 November 2002). "SPARTA: IT'S HARD AS SHIT TO SING IN KEY, MAN!". KindaMuzik (in Dutch and English). KindaMuzik. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Drien (2001-2002). "photos". at the drive-in - rolodex propaganda (in French and English). DR|eN. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Daniel Taylor (8 July 2008). "Buy Jim Ward’s At the Drive In Guitars on eBay". Synthesis. Synthesis.net. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Drien (2001-2002). "photos". at the drive-in - rolodex propaganda (in French and English). DR|eN. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  7. ^ jacks1984 (29 September 2006). "Jim Ward of Sparta" (Image file). Photobucket: Jim Ward Photos. Photobucket Corporation. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Lou (2008). "My Photos: Sparta at Pukkelpop Festival". Myspace. Myspace LLC. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Sk8terboiy333 (17 December 2006). "Sparta- Daivd Letterman" (Video upload). YouTube. Google. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.therevivaltour.com/?page_id=8

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