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.
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