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Sponge Goes Acoustic, Not Soft

Of the Oakland Press

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What started as a favor to a club owner has turned into one of the most intriguing shows Detroit rockers Sponge have ever played.

On Saturday night, the group will play a fulllength acoustic set — although frontman Vinnie Dombroski says Sponge reserves to “just plug in and play if it’s too hard.” But having done acoustic renditions of hits such as “Plowed” and “Molly (Sixteen Candles)” over the years, he’s confident the group will be able to pull it off.

“It’ll be fun,” notes Dombroski, who’s the sole founding member remaining in Sponge’s lineup. “There’s some stuff that’s really easy to do (acoustically), like ‘Have You Seen Mary’ and some stuff from the (‘For All the Drugs in the World’) record and some newer things we’ve been writing.

“And the guys have always wanted to do ‘Neenah Menasha’ from the first record. I’m going, ‘Oh my God, that thing’s based on loud, thick guitars and a relentless drum beat. But what the hell — we can try it.’ ”

Dombroski, who’s played drums for some tracks that may be on Kid Rock’s next album, says Sponge will film and record the acoustic show for a possible future release. The band’s next recording project is most likely a live album that it recorded last fall; Dombroski and Sponge’s representatives are currently shopping it to a number of record companies but hope to put it out this year.

Sponge and Projeckt Gift perform Saturday (June 16th) at the Erin Pub, 18339 E. 14 Mile Road, Fraser. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $20. Call (586) 294-1440 or visit www.spongetheband.com.

Web Site: www.spongetheband.com

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