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Interview:
Sponge Keeps Chasing The Big Impact
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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“Plowed,” the 1994 hit by Detroit rockers Sponge, not only put the group on the music map, but also instilled in frontman Vinnie Dombroski a determination to do it again.

“There’s lots of good songs that people write,” Dombroski explains, “but the special songs, the songs that actually seem to mean something to people, I don’t know how it happens. That’s always interesting to me; what makes people emotionally connect to these tunes?

“Because we’ve been that lucky with a song like ‘Plowed,’ we’ve been able to have some type of touring career and continue working. And because we’re out there working, we’re still writing these songs, just to see if we can do it again. It’s like someone standing in front of a slot machine at a casino pumping in quarters or dollars. It’s an addiction.”

Dombroski thinks Sponge may have another one in “Destroy the Boy,” a new track from a four-song EP the band is currently selling at its shows and hopes to distribute online in the near future. General feedback, he says, has been overwhelmingly positive — so much so that the group financed a video for it and is thinking about releasing it themselves rather than through a record label.

“We’ve been told by people they think it’s a damn good song,” says Dombroski, who’s also finishing an album with another band, The Orbitsuns, while yet another group, Crud, has a song, “Devil at the Wheel,” featured in the TV trailer for the new “Sherlock Holmes” film.

“There seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. If it happens once, it can certainly happen again — that certainly keeps you plugging along, at any rate.”



Sponge, Brian Shram, Stellar Drive and others perform Saturday (Dec. 26) at the Hayloft. 140 N. Main St., Mount Clemens. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (586) 933-3503 or visit www.myspace.com/thehayloftvenue.

Web Site: www.myspace.com/thehayloftvenue

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