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Sparta + The Colossal Heads @ House of Blues New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, Louisiana (November 14, 2018) – Wednesday night, music fans in New Orleans, Louisiana gathered into The Parish, a small venue housed in the House of Blues. Fans were eager to escape the unusually cold weather to enjoy the return of Sparta, who were playing their first show in the city since 2006.

© Splice Magazine – Kristen Derr. Photograph taken at House of Blues New Orleans. Please do not alter images.

Before welcoming Sparta on to the stage, fans were treated to an energetic set by New Orleans natives The Colossal Heads. Formed in 2013, the band consists of Tony Italiano on Guitar and Vocals, Danny Froglegs on Bass and Backing Vocals, and Kyle Carroll on Drums. The Colossal Heads’ remarkable rhythm section is only further complimented by Italiano’s extraordinary guitar playing. The song “Caterpillars” had a very grunge-inspired sound, while the bass-heavy jam “Fingernails” had fans dancing even in their heavy winter coats and hats. In between songs, Italiano told the story of the last time he saw Sparta, which was back in 2006 in this same venue. He talked about what a dream come true it is to open for them on the same stage. If you ever have the opportunity to see The Colossal Heads live, don’t miss it!

The Colossal Heads © Kristen Derr
The Colossal Heads © Kristen Derr
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© Splice Magazine – Kristen Derr. Photograph taken at House of Blues New Orleans. Please do not alter images.

Sparta formed in El Paso in 2001 after the demise of At The Drive-In. Sparta have gone through several line-up changes over the years. The current line-up includes vocalist and guitarist Jim Ward, bassist Matt Miller, guitarist Gabriel Gonzalez and drummer Cully Symington. Sparta received a warm welcome back to New Orleans. The crowd quickly picked up on the energy of the band as they danced and screamed and sang along to their favorite songs such as “Mye” and “Collapse”.  Ward joked with a fan who yelled out an old song that was not on the set list. “You can yell it all you want”, he laughed, “We’re not going to play it.” He paused to thank all the fans and the crew, whose work you don’t always see but the show cannot go on without them. Because Sparta is a band that doesn’t believe in doing encores, they didn’t leave the stage, but instead played straight through their set, wrapping up the evening with “Air”.

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Tonight was my first time seeing both The Colossal Heads and Sparta. Both bands put on a lively and spirited show that the fans won’t soon forget.

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