Sponge has so much going on that we just can't stop writing about them over here at Real Detroit Weekly! And we write their story with good reason, as Sponge is one of the hardest-working bands Detroit is lucky to call its own. The band is like a machine, heading out on tour after tour while coming home in between to immerse themselves in the studio, constantly pumping out new material. Literally, these guys don't take breaks. Sponge recently came back from the Summerland tour, which lead singer Vinnie Dombroski noted to be tons of fun.
"We had been on the road with Everclear years ago when they were opening up for us. Sponge was hittin' it hard, and the songs were just blowin' up on the radio and on TV. Everclear was just getting out there. They were kind of a new band and we put them on as an opener for us. We were an opener for Live on the whole tour, so having the chance to get back and touch base with all these groups was a blast because really, we've all done this before and we've been doing it for a long time. And everybody out there, they're all great guys. There's nobody that was a real jerk to be around out there, so it was always a blast," he says on the tour with Everclear, Live and Filter.
With their new album, Stop the Bleeding, set for release 9/17, Sponge premiered a few tracks throughout this tour.
"We played a song called 'Fade From View', which I suspect would be a single down the road. The first single right now is a track called 'Come In From The Rain'. It's being worked to radio to get airplay and ratings and stuff," says Dombroski.
Fans were highly receptive of the record, buying advanced copies at every stop during Summerland. I had a chance to preview the entire album, and let's just say it might be Sponge's best work in years. Powerful, strong and full of emotion, each song is heartfelt and I'd truly be shocked if Stop the Bleeding didn't equal or come close to Rotting Piñata. Needless to say, it's always difficult to beat such a huge record with monster hits such as "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)", especially nowadays when music is readily available through Spotify or other Internet sources and record sales are never as high as they once were. But I have faith in Sponge, and I think the band has finally come through with that one album they need to push themselves back into superstar status.
To further promote the record, the band will be hosting "Sponge Day" on 9/13 at F.Y.E. in Berkley. There will be a free in-store show and hang out, followed by more partying in the evening. The jams continue at Diesel Concert Lounge with a massive concert. So take our word, hit up Sponge Day and check out the band's best new music in years. | RDW
SPONGE • 9/13, 7 P.M. • DIESEL CONCERT LOUNGE • 33151 23 MILE RD, CHESTERFIELD • 586.268.9700 • dieselconcertlounge.com • $15
Full of angst and passion, Sponge's latest album, Stop the Bleeding, gives hope to new beginnings. "I've given up, I've given up, I've given up on feeling sorry" shouts lead singer Vinnie Dombroski on "Star", the opening track. The proceeding numbers seem to follow the same moody and reclusive pattern, with names such as "Destroy the Boy", "Dare to Breathe" and "Fade From View". Although that ominous feel never seems to leave the record's background, the lyrics shed light on Sponge's positive outlook towards better days; which is what the band continues to fight for, despite the record industry's attempted stranglehold on their music. And just like our city of Detroit, Sponge doesn't give up – ever. Stop the Bleeding might be fueled by difficult times, but the power that fuel gives each song is undeniable. A masterpiece through and through, this might be Sponge's best work yet since Rotting Piñata.
Worth a listen – "Come In From The Rain"