(12/24/13) - "What would you want to do the day after Christmas? Stay home more? You've already stayed home. You're burnin' out," Sponge lead singer Vinnie Dombroski philosophizes. "Think about it, you've eaten all the food you can eat, you've unwrapped all the gifts, people are out of work, the bars are back open. You're ready to get out, have some fun."
Tough to argue with that logic. So the Detroit rockers want to "Save You From Your Family" Thursday with a concert at The Machine Shop in Flint. And as if you needed any more enticement, they're only charging $1.01 to get in the door.
"I think people are tapped out from the holidays. And I think it's a great night to go out. But what better motivation when you think about it, cause they could spend their money anywhere. However, this idea that it's a buck to get in, I think it's gonna motivate a lot of people to get out and enjoy the show."
Sponge has been a regular at The Shop since it opened nearly 12 years ago. In fact, they headlined the first show at the venue. And while the group's personnel, sound and fan base has shifted over the years, Vinnie says it's been nice to know The Shop is still there to support the band.
"Just to have a rock n roll venue like that. And to have that outlet for us, it's just amazing. There's just not enough clubs like that, it's a rarity."
And Dombroski says although the room is an amazing atmosphere, it's not the physical building that makes The Shop unique.
"A bar or a club isn't the four walls, it's the person, the people that own the club. So, you love the club because the people that are running it are doing something right. They love music, they're doin' it for the right reasons."
The Boxing Day show closes out what's been a busy year for Sponge. They released a new album Stop The Bleeding in May. And they also spent the summer on a nation-wide tour with fellow veteran acts Everclear, Filter and Live. The tour was the first organized trek for the band in over a decade, although they've played several one-off shows across the country throughout that time. But they've continued to make new music, which Vinnie says is important not only to the band, but their fans as well.
"If we just sat back and said all we're going to do is play live shows and not release new music and just play the old tunes, I don't think it would give the fans the impression that we're really passionate about the art of making music. You know, we always are, we're always recording and doing new stuff."
But he still knows how much playing the older songs means to the fans too. And he says he's beginning to see a sort of renaissance for '90s music and bands.
"I think anybody that was in high school or college when Rotting Pinata came out in '94, they're out there in the work field now. They got kids, but they wanna go out. And what better way to hang out and party than with the songs and the bands that you grew up with. That music is important I think to a lot of people, so it's inevitable."
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