El Paso rocker, restaurateur and studio owner Jim Ward is gearing up for a new year spent in part with his Sparta band mates.
Expect an announcement of some sort very soon.
"just stay tuned!!!," he tweeted on @itsnotjimward at 7:41 a.m. Dec. 29. "Next week will be the beginning of announcements- 2013."
Rumors have been circulating that the band will reconvene this month to start recording a new album, which, presumably, would be followed by a tour.
The band — drummer Tony Hajjar, bassist Matt Miller, guitarist Keeley Davis and singer-guitarist Ward — reunited in 2011, performing two SRO shows at Tricky Falls, the downtown club Ward owns with wife Kristine Ward, Luis Mota, Chase Cardenas and Bobbie Welch.
The band also released a new song, "Chemical Feel," last May, the same month it played a short Western tour, including a main stage appearance at the Neon Desert Music Festival.
Ward and Hajjar also stayed pretty busy with their other reunited band, At the Drive-In, which played a handful of club dates in Texas, two Coachella shows and a string of club and festival dates in Japan, Spain, England and Australia, culminating in a performance at last August's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.
Ward tweeted at 1:50 p.m. Dec. 29 that he had sold Hope and Anchor, the West Side bar he opened a few years ago. The tweet didn't say to whom he sold it, but a friend passed along a Facebook post by Chris Lewels confirming that the one-time partner is now the sole owner.
"I am very excited about this and the future of this beast," Lewels wrote. "I am working on a lot of new things that will be totally cool for the place. hint. hint. food!!!"
The move comes shortly after the fall opening of Eloise, the new West Side European-style cafe Ward opened with wife Kristine, and the approaching debut of their new Hello Day Cafe in the South El Paso Street space where Tricky Falls and the Bowie Feathers bar operate.