When asked to describe Sublime to someone who hasn’t heard them before I always struggle. Do I say they are Reggae-rock? Surf-rock? Stoner-rock? Punk-rock? They truth is they are all of these tags and so much more. They are simply Sublime.
With Sublime seemingly ready to crack the big-time in 1996 with the release of their third self-titled album ‘Sublime’ their world was turned upside down for an all to different and tragic reason. The death of front-man Bradley Nowell from an overdose meant the band went on a permanent hiatus.
Fast forward 14 years and numerous bands (Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Long Beach Shortbus, Eyes Adrift, Del Mar, Stonewing) and a lawsuit (Nowell family against Bud and Eric), Sublime have re-emerged with a new singer, 21-year-old Rome Ramirez and a new name (well almost), they are now known as Sublime w/Rome.
Rome is a SoCal native who was introduced to Eric by a mutual friend in 2008 and they started to jam together soon after.
What followed these acoustic sessions was a secret gig in Reno, NV and a successful slot at the Smokeout Festival.
For many fans Sublime will always be Bradley Nowell but the reality is there were three members of Sublime.
The compromise Bud, Eric and Rome have reached with the Nowell family is a fair one and indeed the correct one, no-one can replace Brad and nor should they but Bud and Eric do have the right to self-determination and they have chosen to reform.
With a mini six-date tour of the US to commence next month and a new album to drop soon after (maybe as soon as the summer) and a European tour to be announced shortly, the legacy of Sublime and Bradley lives on.
Details of Sublime w/Rome can be found here.