Sublime With Rome Finish New Album

Sublime with Rome have been finishing their new album, which will be released later this summer.

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Rome Ramirez, who currently sings and plays guitar with Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson in the hybrid outfit Sublime With Rome, is fired up. Even if it is early in the morning.

After returning from a triumphant Lollapalooza show in Santiago, Chile, the 22-year-old singer-guitarist is back in the studio. For the last month and a half, he and the band have been finishing their new album, which will be released later this summer.

"It's been amazing working with these guys", Ramirez recently told Noisecreep from the Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, where they've been recording. "It's like this: I'll hit them with an idea, then they work their magic, making it more 'Sublimey.' By the end of the song, you'll hear that sound, that haunting rhythm, that Sublime feel. It's very exciting when that comes together.'

The groundbreaking Southern California ska-punk trio, originally formed in 1988, seemed to be finished after original lead singer Brad Nowell died from a heroin overdose in 1996. However, in 2009, Gaugh and Wilson decided to light up the band once with Ramirez handling the vocals.

Not bad for a then-20-year-old who cites the band as one of his favorite while growing up in Northern California.

"Led Zeppelin, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Primus - I listened to lots of things growing up. But especially Sublime", he said.

Sublime With Rome are also about to embark on this summer's Unity Tour, joining up with 311 for what Ramirez says will be the ultimate summer party. Previous Unity tours have featured Snoop Dogg, The Offspring, Matisyahu, The Wailers, and The Roots.

"Every show will be an uplifting experience", said Ramirez. "That's the trademark of a Sublime With Rome show. It's like an escape from all your troubles, a chance to leave all the bad with the security guys at the front gate, and then enter the world's biggest, best tailgate party. That's the common theme. Have a good time. And that's what 311 brings to the party too, so it's gonna be a crazy summer."

Any concerns Ramirez had about fan acceptance when first touring with the band were quickly put to rest, he said. "The band's history means a lot, and I really was hoping the fans liked what I brought. So far, it's good. Wherever we have traveled, there's been a lot of love."

Ramirez also has good words or his good friends the Dirty Heads, currently in the midst of their first national headlining tour. Last summer, Ramirez collaborated with the reggae rockers to produce the smash hit "Lay Me Down". "They're selling out everywhere", Ramirez laughed. "I couldn't feel better for my brothers."

In the next year or so, Ramirez plans on cutting a solo LP, but for now he's focused on finishing the new Sublime With Rome record and playing live shows with the band.

"It's just amazing what's happened with me. I'm very excited. And I'm anxious to share this new music both on the CD and live this summer. Come on out, people. Come on, out."

For tour dates and other information, check out Sublimewithrome.com.

Thanks for the report to Noisecreep.com.

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    SumFX
    I Have been waiting ages for this! Rome seems like a nice guy and can perform the songs well.
    rocknroll radio
    Hey everyone, this is really great! I saw sublime with rome when they first started doing live shows and it was way better than i expected. Rome doesn't sound exactly like bradly and i would hate it if he did, but he puts his own feeling into the old songs and hopefully into these new ones! Dont think of this as a replacement of bradly because let me tell you, its not. think of it more as a new scene, a new feeling a new band!
    badfish2829
    Man, I can't believe how pissed people are about this. Bud and Eric are just as responsible for the Sublime sound as Bradley was. Let them carry on. At the end of the day, they really don't give a damn what you think.
    coon117
    I won't be able to take them seriously until they change their name. It's not Sublime. I'm sure they're just using the name to get their music recognized without actually earning it themselves.
    BassFishin
    Alice2Mudgarden wrote: Sublime without Nowell. That's all this is. And how is that even legitimate? The remaining members are cashing in on the namesake, that's why Nowell's family sued them from using "Sublime" in the first place. So, you easily tack on "with Rome" and pass the copyright laws. Sure, it's new material, but won't be anything on the level Sublime really was because Nowell is gone. Must they insist on using Sublime in their name? How unoriginal and cheeky.
    Sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of the broken record.
    bluntzilla2010
    What is with all the ****ing haters in the music industry? If you don't like it, don't listen to it! I'm stoked for this, I love Sublime and it's great to see Eric and Bud carry on with a new singer.
    pawnluv
    ive seen these guys live, such a great experience, great vibes, place reeked of weed, little tribute to Brad, was a great experience and im glad i got to see them live in some form, but i have very little interest in their new work.
    hisdoodnessness
    It just annoys me that everyone gives Rome shit for joining up with Sublime. He's talented enough to make his own successful band, but instead, he chose to bring back a band that we all love, in order to pay tribute to a great player and singer. I love that I can still see Sublime in concert, even if they had to add that "...with Rome" onto the name.
    RawrSlinky
    hisdoodnessness wrote: It just annoys me that everyone gives Rome shit for joining up with Sublime. He's talented enough to make his own successful band, but instead, he chose to bring back a band that we all love, in order to pay tribute to a great player and singer. I love that I can still see Sublime in concert, even if they had to add that "...with Rome" onto the name.
    Interesting spin you put on that one. Rome didn't bring back Sublime, he formed a new band with former Sublime members covering old Sublime material and writing their own new material. There's nothing selfless or "for the fans" about it as people are saying here. They are using Sublime's fame and popularity to be successful with this new band and to cash in. It's good that former members of Sublime are going to continue to play that material for fans but if they want to form a new band and write new material they should use a different name.
    badfish2829
    RawrSlinky wrote: hisdoodnessness wrote: It just annoys me that everyone gives Rome shit for joining up with Sublime. He's talented enough to make his own successful band, but instead, he chose to bring back a band that we all love, in order to pay tribute to a great player and singer. I love that I can still see Sublime in concert, even if they had to add that "...with Rome" onto the name. Interesting spin you put on that one. Rome didn't bring back Sublime, he formed a new band with former Sublime members covering old Sublime material and writing their own new material. There's nothing selfless or "for the fans" about it as people are saying here. They are using Sublime's fame and popularity to be successful with this new band and to cash in. It's good that former members of Sublime are going to continue to play that material for fans but if they want to form a new band and write new material they should use a different name.
    You sir, are a moron. Using Sublime's fame and popularity...ONLY JUST NOW?! They could've kept going in 1996 if they wanted to, but they didn't. Instead of riding the success of their 3rd album, (That went 5 times platinum by the way), they disbanded and sat at home. So, 15 years later, they are getting back together...to cash in? Makes perfect sense. (Sarcasm)
    gmoney2748
    because you have 2/3 of the original band there still I don't even like Sublime and I think it's crazy how much these 2 guys get ripped on now for using and band name THAT WAS THERES TOO SUBLIME WAS NOT A SOLO ACT[/quote] Exactly +100
    gmoney2748
    I mean its hard to read what your saying but your point is the point everyone needs to understand.
    slaveskinJACKET
    badfish2829 wrote: RawrSlinky wrote: hisdoodnessness wrote: It just annoys me that everyone gives Rome shit for joining up with Sublime. He's talented enough to make his own successful band, but instead, he chose to bring back a band that we all love, in order to pay tribute to a great player and singer. I love that I can still see Sublime in concert, even if they had to add that "...with Rome" onto the name. Interesting spin you put on that one. Rome didn't bring back Sublime, he formed a new band with former Sublime members covering old Sublime material and writing their own new material. There's nothing selfless or "for the fans" about it as people are saying here. They are using Sublime's fame and popularity to be successful with this new band and to cash in. It's good that former members of Sublime are going to continue to play that material for fans but if they want to form a new band and write new material they should use a different name. You sir, are a moron. Using Sublime's fame and popularity...ONLY JUST NOW?! They could've kept going in 1996 if they wanted to, but they didn't. Instead of riding the success of their 3rd album, (That went 5 times platinum by the way), they disbanded and sat at home. So, 15 years later, they are getting back together...to cash in? Makes perfect sense. (Sarcasm)
    Actually, they started the Long Beach Dub All Stars not long after Nowell's death. That lasted around 5-6 years. They weren't very successful, but not for lack of trying, because they did manage to perform on nearly every talk show around, and I think they even got one of their songs used in a sitcom. This situation is very similar to me as the Alice in Chains situation, except that everyone else seems to love Pseudo-Alice in Chains. But it seems to me like the money stopped flowing, so you use the popular name for guaranteed revenue.
    Loki_37
    ...If I were in a band, and I died, I'd be kinda pissed if the group just stopped playing. If you have any other thought about it, then you're at least a bit selfish, and a bit of a douche for it. It's about the music people, doesn't really matter how anyone else feels about it. If they can create the same feel as the old Sublime - which I thought was half-and-half, really - then go for it. Fans have been waiting, 15 years for this. (Btw I like the new Alice in Chains, and the group didn't fade like these guys, they were playing charity events and shit since 01 anyways, bit of a difference situation.)
    bitchfist
    rocklee1431 wrote: blacksickened wrote: thats cool that the guy who wrote all the music for sublime dies and they think they can carry on with a new guy.... idiots... they have a surprise coming their way sarcasm aside, people seem to like it. He's not trying to replace Bradley, he's making new music. It's people like you that bring it down.
    well said, i couldn't agree more
    bitchfist
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: badfish2829 wrote: RawrSlinky wrote: hisdoodnessness wrote: This situation is very similar to me as the Alice in Chains situation, except that everyone else seems to love Pseudo-Alice in Chains. But it seems to me like the money stopped flowing, so you use the popular name for guaranteed revenue.
    if you've seen new aic live, then you know how much they rule, i saw them 3 times when they toured for black gives way to blue, and all three were tremendous shows, they even changed up the sets. thats also a great ****ing album, not that this has anything to do with sublime
    modulation757
    i still don't think its right for them to use the sublime moniker. it's just not the same, especially when your missing an integral part of the band thats responsible for the sound. they sound pretty good with rome, so they should make something new, rather than reusing and trying to make an addition to a timeless band. sublime ended in 1996 with their self-titled album, so they should leave it that way
    matmcd
    I am glad that they are carrying on with Sublime. I hope they continue to be successful. I can't wait to see them in Memphis.
    Jmoarguitar
    i hated this idea of rome when it first came out but now i think it[s cool. itll be nice to have some new good ska music. No one will be able to replace bradley and sublime. But with 2/3's of the band and a great singer we should get some good vibes
    kbslasher88
    Csimmons1267 wrote: Seeing them and 311 in August, can't wait. And Rome isn't replacing Brad, he is doing new music with these guys. Would you prefer Bud and Eric never do anything as a trio with anyone ever again?
    How about performing UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME? Woah.
    blacksickened
    thats cool that the guy who wrote all the music for sublime dies and they think they can carry on with a new guy.... idiots... they have a surprise coming their way
    Alice2Mudgarden
    Sublime without Nowell. That's all this is. And how is that even legitimate? The remaining members are cashing in on the namesake, that's why Nowell's family sued them from using "Sublime" in the first place. So, you easily tack on "with Rome" and pass the copyright laws. Sure, it's new material, but won't be anything on the level Sublime really was because Nowell is gone. Must they insist on using Sublime in their name? How unoriginal and cheeky.
    rocklee1431
    blacksickened wrote: thats cool that the guy who wrote all the music for sublime dies and they think they can carry on with a new guy.... idiots... they have a surprise coming their way
    sarcasm aside, people seem to like it. He's not trying to replace Bradley, he's making new music. It's people like you that bring it down.
    BassFishin
    The most important thing in this article (aside from the new album, which will be very cool to listen to) is what he said about the tour. The whole "it's about love" thing. That's pretty cool to hear. Basically, it's like this: If you're bitter about the Sublime with Rome concept, then stay home. But...if you just want to unwind, relax, and not be so stressed out over something like that, then go to the show and have a great time. I saw them last year. It's great stuff, and he does a great job as Brad's tribute.
    theledknobs
    blacksickened wrote: thats cool that the guy who wrote all the music for sublime dies and they think they can carry on with a new guy.... idiots... they have a surprise coming their way
    uh they've written new material so the songs on the album are written by rome bud and eric so your wrong about bradley writing the songs for this album. and for the songs that he did write when they play live there not trying to disrespect him they are paying tribute to one of the best. dont hate on something you have no knowledge about!
    Firebreather01
    Hey! I'm from EP and have been to Sonic Ranch. World class studio right there. Absolutely beautiful. Rome's a talented guy, can't wait to see what they bring out
    Tatersalad810
    blacksickened wrote: thats cool that the guy who wrote all the music for sublime dies and they think they can carry on with a new guy.... idiots... they have a surprise coming their way
    Well Negative Nancy, you can go to hell, and I will go the the Sublime concert in Austin and have a grand old time while you're being a bitch about the new Sublime. Nice way to hand out haterade to a band that's trying to come back for fans. Get ****ed
    Csimmons1267
    Seeing them and 311 in August, can't wait. And Rome isn't replacing Brad, he is doing new music with these guys. Would you prefer Bud and Eric never do anything as a trio with anyone ever again?
    Witezombi3
    Cant wait to see em live again and hear new material. I also think its a great idea for them to tour with 311.
    ToolCreedence
    I saw Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek of the Doors last year. It was one of the best shows I have ever seen. Then again, those are the two coolest members in my opinion. I'd give the Sublime with Rome a chance, you never know...
    Lost Dog
    Hopefully this is like their old albums, but also something different. If that makes any sense. I love sublime, I hope they don't let the fans down!
    isabiggles
    Awesome, i've only heard that one song 'Panic' but it sounds really great so I reckon this'll be brilliant.
    gierschie394
    popeslayer wrote: 311 and Sublime, I really cant think of a better combination for a tour
    311, Sublime and The Chile Peppers: Best combination for a tour.
    taylorhindman
    theledknobs wrote: blacksickened wrote: thats cool that the guy who wrote all the music for sublime dies and they think they can carry on with a new guy.... idiots... they have a surprise coming their way uh they've written new material so the songs on the album are written by rome bud and eric so your wrong about bradley writing the songs for this album. and for the songs that he did write when they play live there not trying to disrespect him they are paying tribute to one of the best. dont hate on something you have no knowledge about!
    Obviously he was referring to past songs since Bradley has been dead for fifteen years. And if they didn't want to disrespect him then they would not have tried to continue with the Sublime name before the legal issues.
    Mvanwyk83
    [quote]Alice2Mudgarden wrote: Sublime without Nowell. That's all this is. And how is that even legitimate? The remaining members are cashing in on the namesake, that's why Nowell's family sued them from using "Sublime" in the first place. So, you easily tack on "with Rome" and pass the copyright laws. Sure, it's new material, but won't be anything on the level Sublime really was because Nowell is gone. Must they insist on using Sublime in their name? How unoriginal and cheeky. [/quote So Eric and Bud wernt in Sublime??? Just because the singer is gone doesnt mean they cant play the songs they helped write and do new songs wih a new singer. They have every right to use the Sublime name and they did the respectful thing and added "with Rome." Also Bradleys wife suing them for the name just shows how money hungry she is. She is the lower class version of Courtney Love doing that!! So shut the f*ck up and let hem guys have some fun!!!
    Shayne777
    taylorhindman wrote: theledknobs wrote: blacksickened wrote: thats cool that the guy who wrote all the music for sublime dies and they think they can carry on with a new guy.... idiots... they have a surprise coming their way uh they've written new material so the songs on the album are written by rome bud and eric so your wrong about bradley writing the songs for this album. and for the songs that he did write when they play live there not trying to disrespect him they are paying tribute to one of the best. dont hate on something you have no knowledge about! Obviously he was referring to past songs since Bradley has been dead for fifteen years. And if they didn't want to disrespect him then they would not have tried to continue with the Sublime name before the legal issues.
    because you have 2/3 of the orignial band there still I don't even like Sublime and I think it's crazy how much these 2 guys get ripped on now for using and band name THAT WAS THERES TOO SUBLIME WAS NOT A SOLO ACT
    psorgatz
    Sure, everyone will miss Nowell, and Sublime is awesome, but you can't blame the guysfor trying to continue Sublime without him. Countless bands have moved on from losing members, why does sublime have to be no more?
    MacFamousKid
    Bradley OD'ed....it's his fault he's not with the band anymore. Yeah, he's a legend and all, but he killed himself. So capital F him (OMG, ddid I just type that?). If the other two guys in the band want to do go out and play the music that was/is such a huge and integral part of their lives, I'd say they're more than entitled. And if Nowell didn't want to be "replaced" by Rome, he shouldn't have been shooting up. People need to stop thinking he's a martyr that will be disgraced by Sublime with Rome. JUST ENJOY THE F*CKIN MUSIC...please and thank you.