The Detroit rock band Sponge scored plenty of hits in the ’90s like “Molly” and “Wax Ecstatic.” But the quintet is enjoying a rebirth, thanks to a recent appearance on “The Howard Stern Show,” various TV placements and their peers.
“Those damn songs just don’t want to go away,” says singer Vinnie Dombroski.
To bolster its resurgence, Sponge released “Demoed in Detroit” (Cleopatra), a collection of unreleased studio recordings taped in Detroit following the band’s sophomore album “Wax Ecstatic.” It features 13 original songs, three covers and two acoustic versions of “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles).”
Sponge will play those songs when it opens for Hinder on Friday, July 19, at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe. The tour honors the 25th anniversary of its debut “Rotting Pinata.”
“Between this 25th anniversary and ‘Demoed in Detroit,’ we’ve been fortunate to play on ‘The Howard Stern Show,’” Dombroski says. “I think there’s just a resurgence of ’90s pop. Everclear was out on their 25th anniversary tour. A lot of groups from the era are out doing things. It raises the visibility of everything in the ’90s.”
In May 2018, at the annual Detroit Music Awards, the original lineup of Dombroski, Tim Cross, Jimmy Paluzzi, Mike Cross and Joey Mazzola reunited. This was the first time and only time in 24 years that all of the members shared the stage.
The Stern visit was a long time coming, Dombroski says. Stern records his shows Monday to Wednesday, and Sponge only tours on the weekends. So, they had to compromise. Sponge traveled to New York City in January.
“They treated us like kings,” Dombroski says. “It was a really good time. I think everybody was thrilled to be in Howard’s studio. They have so much enthusiasm for the band. We performed and they taped us playing ‘Plowed.’”
Hinder and Sponge w/Gladhammer, Dierdre, Mourning Grey
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 6:15 p.m. Friday, July 19, $25-$45.