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Sparta: Recharged and Ready

Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 8 August 2002

Last year, Jim Ward and his cohorts in At the Drive-In did the unthinkable: They broke up a successful band. After seven years and on the brink of a breakthrough, the El Paso, Texas, rock band packed it in, calling off a potentially lucrative career on account of boredom. Although many of the band's fans felt slighted, Ward insists it was the right thing to do.

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