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Destroy the Boy EP

One of the more underrated acts of the mid-'90s, post-grunge rockers Sponge have faded into relative obscurity in recent years, partly due to a series of lineup changes (that eventually left singer Vinnie Dombroski the only remaining original member), but also because of a shift in direction towards more straightforward, Velvet Revolver-esque hard rock. The band's 2010 EP Destroy the Boy is self-described as being reminiscent of their earlier sound, and "certain to please the die-hard Sponge fan". It's definitely the most "Sponge"-sounding release since 2003's For All The Drugs In The World, the last album made with founding guitarist Joey Mazzola, whose melodic riffs and jangly guitar tone were a big part of the band's identity. Though Mazzola remains out of the picture, Destroy the Boy is still a welcome return to form. The opening title track is a propulsive, arena-ready rocker, and it accurately sets the stage for a series of anthemic choruses and the kind of tuneful, pop-infused hard rock that put Sponge on the map in the first place.


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