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” (Beyond), “For All The Drugs in The World” (Idol), “The Man” (Idol), And “Galore Galore,” 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 uniquely like no one else.
Sponge is now touring in support of their latest release – the 5 song EP “Destroy the Boy” which features rousing rock anthems “Before the End,” “Star,” and “Come in From the Rain,” in addition to the title track - a galvanizing anti-child abuse manifesto.
Having shared stages the world over with 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 full throttle stage presence.
With “Plowed” now featured on Guitar Hero’s Warriors of Rock “90’s Rock Track Pack,” and on the Paper Jamz Guitar Series 2 (now available at Walmart), Sponge is poised to bring its potent brand of Detroit rock to the masses, once again proving that rock never stops.
For more information about Sponge, including tour dates please visit spongetheband.com
Unlike other child stars, Danny Tamberelli didn’t wind up with an “E! True Hollywood Story” chronicling self-destructive fits and other mishaps and meltdowns. Tamberelli was 11 when he starred in the quirky Nickelodeon show “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.” On the set, the young actor/musician had his amp blown up by Iggy Pop, got served ice-cream from Michael Stipe and traded CD’s with Steve Buscemi.
“I’m passionate about acting, but this is what I was doing in the dressing room even then,” says Tamberelli of his love for playing music. “It’s cool to do both, but music has always been my primary outlet.”
Jounce is not your normal touring ensemble. Made up of childhood friends who have known each other since kindergarten, the musical connection between them reflects these deep roots.
Consisting of Dan Tamberelli on bass, Matt DeSteno on guitar, and Joe Ciarallo on drums, with all members contributing vocals, the band is a mainstay at bars, clubs, music halls, colleges and festivals up and down the eastern United States, consistently consistently building buzz and refining their presence in both the live and studio settings.
When the members of Jounce graduated from college in spring of 2004, the band relocated to a somewhat secluded property bordered by the Holyoke State Forest in Amherst, MA. They traveled extensively, playing hundreds of shows and sharing bills with influences including the Benevento Russo Duo, The Flaming Lips, Medeski, Martin and Wood and The Slip.
After several years, the band returned home and moved back to the New York area, where they eventually landed in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Jounce’s self-titled debut album was released on June 29th, 2006 to rave reviews. The opening song “You Tell Me” garnered 3rd place in Relix magazine’s Winter 2006 JamOff Competition out of over 500 submissions and the band began playing increasingly larger rooms including New York’s Highline Ballroom and Gramercy Theater.
The band’s sophomore effort, “These Things,” was released March 31st, 2009 on GreenFence Records. The album was produced by Jounce and Rob Stevens (Magnetic Fields), and mixed and mastered by renowned producer Rob Fraboni (The Band, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley). The album contains nine tracks of previously un-released Jounce originals as well as a rendition of Guide By Voices’ “The Hardway.” Songs like “Too Far Gone” and “Who Hates “The Office” show the band’s ability to deliver tight rock anthems. “Cold Fog” shows they can ease into a tune and still bring you away. “Truth Defines” and “The World at Large” mix catchy choruses with instrumental prowess.
Jounce welcomed guest musicians Marco Benevento (The Duo), who played keyboards on “Yenny” and “These Things” and Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past, American Babies) who added guitar and vocals on “The World At Large,” “Cold Fog” and “These Things.” Upon releasing “These Things,” Relix magazine named Jounce one of their artists “on the verge.”