While Jim Ward is no longer in At The Drive In, he recently re-activated his band Sparta who released their first song in five years this past fall. Today they returned with another new single, "Cat Scream," a dark ripper that's keeping the anticipation high for more new Sparta music. Listen below. The band is also now set to tour this summer, with dates on both coasts and a few cities in between.

There's a BrooklynVegan presale for the whole tour underway right now, using the PASSWORD = SPARTABV. Get tickets for all dates at this link. If you miss out on the presale, you can try again for tickets when the public on-sale starts Friday (4/13) at noon local time.

The tour includes an Asbury Park show at the soon-to-repen Asbury Lanes on August 16 and a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on August 17. All dates are listed below.

Sparta's current lineup includes Jim Ward alongside longtime member Matt Miller, Gabriel Gonzalez (who was briefly a member in the early 2000s), and new drummer Cully Symington.

Sparta -- 2018 Tour Dates
Thu/Jul 5- Santa Fe NM Meow Wolf
Fri/Jul 6- Denver CO Globe Hall
Sat/Jul 7- Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge
Mon/Jul 9- Boise ID Neurolux
Tue/Jul 10- Portland OR Mississippi Studios
Wed/Jul 11- Seattle WA The Crocodile
Thu/Jul 12- Vancouver BC Biltmore
Fri/Aug 10- Chicago IL Bottom Lounge
Sat/Aug 11- Ann Arbor MI Blind Pig
Sun/Aug 12- Cleveland OH Grog Shop
Mon/Aug 13- Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda's
Wed/Aug 15- Boston MA The Sinclair
Thu/Aug 16- Asbury Park NJ Asbury Lanes
Fri/Aug 17- New York NY Bowery Ballroom
Sat/Aug 18- Washington DC Rock & Roll Hotel

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