It might surprise some to know that Jim Ward, founding member of roaring post-hardcore outfits At the Drive-In, Sparta and Sleepercar, has spent the last few years learning to turn the volume knob down on his amp. In fact, he rarely uses it in the bulk of his mostly acoustic solo debut, “Quiet In the Valley, On the Shores, the End Begins.”
Released on Aug. 2 via his self-started label Tembloroso, the El Paso, Texas, native has sharpened his take on acoustic campfire songs over the course of five years' worth of writing, rehearsing and recording. This project, a double-disc set, features works from that period, much of it cataloged in three previously released EPs -- 2007's "Quiet," 2009's "In The Valley, On the Shores" and 2009's "The End Begins." The package includes a six-song EP that includes electric versions of selected tracks.
Since the album’s release, Ward has embarked on a month-long U.S. tour, stopping Sunday at the Satellite in L.A. Pop & Hiss shared a recent phone conversation with Ward to discuss the new material as well as his second job as a bar owner in El Paso. Oh, there's also the news that he’ll be hitting the road and recording new music with Sparta in the fall.