Interview with Sponge singer Vinnie Dombroski
I became reacquainted with Sponge after seeing them as the opening act on Summerland 2013 (headlined by Everclear, featuring support slots from Live, and Filter). Despite only having 25 minutes, the band clearly appeased their fans, earned new ones, and pretty much made most people realize they’re more than “Plowed” and “Molly”.
The band is currently out supporting their seventh release, Stop the Bleeding. “Come In from the Rain” is currently being serviced to radio. It’s a great rock radio tune.
We kept the conversation mainly to Summerland 2013 and the new album. The audio runs about 15 minutes. It’s an enjoyable listen.
I’d say most of our audience gave up on Sponge, or didn’t know they released albums post-Wax Ecstatic. I implore you to revisit that album and Rotting Pinata, as well as everything that came after. And to the younger audience, do yourselves a favor and investigate what Sponge has to offer. Start with the staples, “Plowed” and “Molly”, and go from there.
The first time I saw Sponge was in 1995 or 1996. It was at Coney Island High, which used to be located on St. Mark’s Place in New York City. As a teenager, I remember being obsessed with the Rotting Pinata candy corn album cover. Still to this day, I don’t know why. It just looks cool. Everything came full circle when seeing them in Hampton Beach, NH as part of Summerland, as well as at the South Shore Music Hall in Boston in September.
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