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Interview:
Detroit rockers Sponge planning a busy Day in home town
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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Vinnie Dombroski thinks "its long overdue that we had a Sponge Day" -- which is just what's happening on Friday, Sept. 13, around the Detroit metro area.

To celebrate the upcoming national release of the group's latest album, "Stop The Bleeding" on Tuesday, Sept. 17, Sponge will play two shows. The first is a free in-store appearance at 6 p.m. at FYE, 28297 Woodward Ave. in Berkley, where Sponge will play and then meet with fans. Later on Sponge heads north and east to headline a show at the Diesel Concert Lounge, 33151 23 Mile Road in Chesterfield, with Bobaflex, Cadre, Bulletproof Snow and Bloodline Riot also on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15.

Both events will give local fans a chance to buy "Stop The Bleeding" before its release, and Sponge will also collect contributes for the Detroit Firemen's Benevolent Fund, which will be distributed to its more than 60 firehouses around the metro area (visit www.detroitfiremensfund.com for more information).

The festivities acknowledge Sponge's past, from its 1991 formation through its gold-certified debut album, "Rotting Pinata," and a string of mid-90s hits such as "Plowed," "Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)," Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)" and "Have You Seen Mary." But Dombroski says he's more excited about the present and future

"I really don't do a lot of sitting back and kicking up the heels and going, 'Look at this, man...' "Dombroski explains. "There's always been so much moving forward with music for Sponge and with other projects. I've jsut always been about moving forward.

"But it's great that songs like 'Plowed' and 'Molly' are part of our culture's rock landscape. That allows us to keep moving forward ad affords us a lot of great stuff -- the luxury of getting out there, doing the gigs and continuing to make records. That's about as deep as I think about it, 'cause I want to really focus on what we're doing now."

Sponge spent the summer as part of the Summerland Tour with fellow 90s veterans such as Everclear, Live and Filter. "Stop the Bleeding," meanwhile, is having some early success thanks to the single "Come in From the Rain," which Dombroski calls "kind of an old school Sponge track" that first appeared on the 2010 EP "Destroy The Boy" but got new life thanks to an "extensive reworking" by Dombroski and Sponge produce and bassist Tim Patlan.

More information about the new album and Sponge Day can be found at www.spongetheband.com.

Web Site: www.spongetheband.com

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