Sponge Brings Life To A Loving Gen-X Crowd In Austin

April 15, 2018 - Come and Take It Live!, Austin, TX

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The Detroit based rock band Sponge made their way into the live music capital, better known as Austin, TX on April 15th. Even though the year was 2018, you could easily mistake it for a Gen-X concert.

The band started things off right with their rock anthems Wax Ecstatic and Molly (a 16 Candles tribute if you were wondering). Frontman Vinnie Dombroski was vibing and grooving with the fans this night setting a youthful tone that made us all think we were reliving the 90’s. Not only was the band connecting with their fans but they were also filled with all sorts of puns and jokes.

Something that you do not see very often is that Sponge played without a setlist, leaving the audience open to requests and even mixing hits and cuts, just like Pennywheels off of their debut, Rotting Pinata. It was a pleasure not only to see them dive into their early catalog but also into some of their more known selections like Silence is their Drug and Death of a Drag Queen.

They even mixed it up a bit with a few covers such as David Bowie‘s, Life on Mars and The Psychedelic Furs, Pretty In Pink. It was pretty cool to hear their renditions of these beloved classics.

They did not play that many songs of their most recent release The Beer Sessions, but they did, however, manage to play Jump While The House Is On Fire. After that, they closed out the show with an extended version of their most known track, Plowed.

Overall, this was quite the show, mainly since it was the only Texas date. This show was a fun one for me, even without an encore, but that is quite all right.

Setlist:
Wax Ecstatic
Molly
Rotting Piñata
Glue
Neenah Menasha
Pennywheels
Pretty in Pink
Silence is Their Drug
Life on Mars
The Death of a Drag Queen
Have You Seen Mary
Jump While the House is on Fire
Plowed

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About Tracy Fuller 29 Articles
I love music, I love crowded venues, loud music, and sweat-soaked fans. I love the sound of a venue opening its doors to the public. I ended up moving to the Austin area in 2011. I have nearly a decade of experience in the Entertainment & Private Event industries. I have supervised at a number of concert venues and festivals, such as Emo’s East, Stubb’s, ACL Festival, Bonnaroo, Austin Fan Fest, SXSW, and the Austin Trail of Lights. In 2014, I began to take an interest in all things media related. I ended up chasing those ambitions and became a content creator and a concert photographer. With no formal training in any of those areas, in 2017 I decided it was time to change that up. I decided to pursue a degree in the Arts focusing on Radio, Television, and Film. As I began my academic path, I inquired about the Media department. I currently am a multimedia journalist for the Student Life department at ACC. To further my education, I received a scholarship with the Austin Film Society to become a TV Producer at Austin Public Studios. I believe in capturing the essence of life and representing it in a creative effort.