Sponge is alive and well and looking forward to another great run of Rock N' Roll.
His cracking Detroit band is set to release a new CD on Tuesday September 17th and they ramped up the promo machine by hosting "SpongeDay" in it's hometown on Friday. With stops on Fox 2 in the morning and WRIF in the afternoon, the stripped down version of the group was thoroughly warmed up and ready to rock by the time they hit the FYE in Berkeley for a mini-concert/Meet and Greet at 7:00pm.
In a nod to the legendary and infamous in-store appearance of 1996 at the now defunct Harmony House, Sponge played a five song set in front of an admittedly smaller and more subdued crowd. I was at the Harmony House in West Bloomfield and it was truly one of the greatest rock-moments of my life. The store was JAMMED to the point that the front door couldn't even shut and the glass exploded due to the pulsating over-capacity crowd. It was HOT AS HELL in the store and when the band plugged in a played, the pandaemonium was electric. Half of the inventory in the store was looted and everyone went home happy with new copies of 'Wax Ecstatic', band autographs and lasting memories. At that moment, it seemed that Sponge was destined to rule the Rock World forever. As Vinnie himself said: "there are great days and there are good days...THAT was a great day."
Fast forward to 2013, with too many years in between, and I wonder where the time went. After an extended disappearance, Sponge has embraced it's past and is hoping to expand on it's rich Detroit history. Set up in the front corner of the FYE store, a four-piece Sponge (minus Bass) rolled through at 5 song set that began with two cool numbers off the new CD: 'Come In From The Rain' followed by 'Fade From View'. After a few microphone cord issues during the rocking 'Wax Ecstatic', the band turned back the clock and ran through 'Molly' and 'Plowed' from 1994's debut smash 'Rotting Piñata'.
Once the webcam was turned off and the cords were unplugged, he band hung around signing autographs and talking up the lucky fans that made it out to this intimate little gathering. Although this appearance certainly lacked the chaos of the older days, it brought about a promising feel for the future of Sponge.
The new CD is appropriately titled 'Stop The Bleeding'.
Let's hope this updated version of Sponge stays around long enough to enjoy some further success.
Watch this video of the beautiful 'Have You Seen Mary' and look for Vinnie's old gold tooth. It's long gone but not forgotten...ask him to see his Skull ring the next time you cross paths with him.
ROCK AND ROLL!
Visit www.SpongeTheBand.com to buy the CD!