Its rare that I enjoy watching acoustic versions of a rock song, but I was blown away by this one “SPONGE” “Come In From The Rain” is their new single Off the “STOP THE BLEEDING CD RELEASE” They performed it at the WRIF studio in Detroit as well AS The “SPONGE Day” event at the “Diesel Lounge” On Friday sept 13th …I would love to see these guys pull the acoustic gtrs out for this entire tune on stage…I know what everyone must be thinking
they are on the bill for “Rock-O-WEEN 3….But this video actually inspired this post….To be totally Honest I enjoy the New Sponge Release as well if not better then the bands first release.. So for those of you who never knew Sponge let me introduce you to them
Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City’s heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album “Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles)” Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both “Plowed” and “Molly” hit #5 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts, catapulting “Rotting Piñata” to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status.
Sponge’s follow up CD, the critically lauded “Wax Ecstatic” (Columbia) scored additional top ten Billboard hits including “Wax Ecstatic” and “Have You Seen Mary?” The band’s music was also featured in popular movies “The Craft,” “Chasing Amy,” “Mall Rats” and “Empire Records.” Sponge’s star continued to rise with network appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and the “Conan O’Brien Show.”
Sponge’s subsequent releases “New Pop Sunday,” “For All The Drugs in The World,” “The Man,” “Galore Galore,” and “Destroy the Boy,” showcased the band’s swirling sonic attack, rooted in 70′s glam and of course, the Motor City influences of The Stooges, The MC5 and Motown-but still sounding distinctly like no one else.
“Plowed” continues to be the band’s signature rock track, having been spotlighted on Guitar Hero’s “Warriors of Rock – 90’s Rock Track Pack” – and on the Paper Jamz Guitar Series 2, in addition to the soundtrack for the Gerard Butler surf movie “Chasing Mavericks.”
Sponge is now touring in support of a brand new release – “Stop the Bleeding.” The full-length disc incorporates the traditional “Sponge sound” in addition to exploring edgier, industrial grooves, most apparent on the band’s twisted cover of “Time in a Bottle.”
Having shared stages the world over with Guns N’ Roses, Nickelback, Iggy Pop, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Kiss, to name just a few, Sponge continues to be one of rock’s most sought after live acts. Front man Vinnie Dombroski captivates audiences with his powerful voice, heart-on-his-sleeve lyrics and high-octane stage presence.
Now as part of the stellar Summerland Tour – hitting sheds and amphitheatres across the U.S. this summer, Sponge is poised to bring its potent brand of Detroit rock to the masses, once again proving that rock never stops.
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Female fronted rock band with soaring vocals, driving guitar, and a body moving rhythm section.
Arts, Beats & Eats festival in Royal Oak
will be notable for a couple of Detroit bands.
Sponge is coming to the rescue after Puddle of Mudd had to drop out of its 6:45 p.m. slot Monday, Sept. 2, on the Michigan Lottery National Stage due to frontman Wes Scantlin’s legal poblems.
“I don’t know what happened to the guy, but it’s cool to play in front of MC Hammer,” says Sponge frontman Vinnie Dombroski. “We’ve done a lot of different things like that. We’ve shared the stage with the Fugees. We played with Black Eyed Peas one time at some college, some really mixed-up stuff.
“It’s always fun. We’re pretty much up for anything.”
With a new album out, “Stop the Bleeding,” and radio stations picking up on the single “Come In From the Rain,” Sponge is also gearing up for a special show on Sept. 13 at the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield Township.
Kaleido, meanwhile, is doing double-duty at Arts, Beats & Eats this year, playing at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, on the Ford Ecoboost 89X stage and then at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, on the National stage. “It’s exciting,” says singer Christina Chriss. “Last year we met so many new people and made a lot of fans there that didn’t know about us; they just happened to be in the right spot at the time we played. We’re hoping that’ll happen again this year; with two performances, the chances are better so hopefully we’ll get in front of a lot more people.”
Chriss says Kaleido will play different sets, though using many of the same songs. And the group will preview material it’s currently recording at Pearl Sound studio in Canton, with Grammy Award-winning producer Emile Haynie working on the set from his New York base.
By GARY GRAFF
The musical landscape of Detroit is unconventional, to say the least. Music is the lifeblood of the city, and it is given a special twist by its bands. They do things differently in the Motor City, with a unique musical perspective that is innovative and sometimes conceptual, but always ties together all the influences to create a sound that just plain rocks.
Its with this attitude that a new band steps into the ring. THROTTLEBODY is already creating a stir in the city..s rock community with an explosive and fresh approach to heavy music. Combining elements of electronic music and metal, the band has created a multi-dimensional sound that is built on solid songwriting – first and foremost.
Andy and Kyle were formerly in a band called Solid Frog, signed to the Detroit-based independent label Overture/Overcore. That bands (2) full-length releases built a sizable and dedicated following that has stuck with the band as they have progressed and mutated into the current project. THROTTLEBODY was officially formed at the end of 2000, with Aaron and Shaun and Scott Smail joining soon after.
Describing THROTTLEBODYs momentum, The Detroit Free Press says, Shedding the old outfits pop persona to attack a much heavier rock sound, the group is quickly taking its place amongst Detroit..s heavy hitters. The result is a streamlined and potent collection of songs that are both punishing and infectious.
THROTTLEBODY is already making noise in Detroit area. The band..s live draw is huge! Building upon the consistent fan base that has been created over the years by the band members collective reputation for delivering the goods. The debut album is NOW available.
Detroit Music Awards
Best Band – Kaleido
A lot of female-driven pop-rock acts are hollow exteriors that producers put together after months of beta-testing and focus groups. This is not the case for Kaleido. The five-piece crew got together after a smash-and-grab show in Los Angeles. The relatively young (but still knowledgeable) band has an aggressive pop-rock sound and lead singer Christina Chriss is a star in the making. Chriss, along with bandmates Joey Fava, Cody Morales, Ronnie Rosolino and Jamie Allen Burnham, have come up with a sound that will remind listeners of a younger No Doubt with an edge that Stefani and Co. could never muster up. We saw this coming as our November cover proves, and are happy to give Kaleido this honor based on their quick transition from friends writing songs together to waking you up on Fox 2′s morning news. So, if they continue on this upward trajectory, Kaleido should be makin’ kids go crazy all across the U.S. by this time next year. Good luck lady and gents!
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