When a band loses a key member, especially a frontman, sometimes the only gracious thing to do is pack it in and reconfigure under a new banner later. And that’s the high road that Long Beach ska-punk outfit Sublime took back in ’96, after the untimely passing of guitarist/vocalist Bradley Nowell.
Founders Bud Gaugh (drums) and Eric Wilson (bass) soldiered on as the Long Beach Dub Allstars, and that was that. Until recently, that is, when they reignited Sublime with fiery new single-monikerred singer/guitarist Rome, dubbing it simply Sublime With Rome. And now, at long last, their first single is out — “Panic,” which just went on sale at all DSPs.
A full album — tracked at El Paso’s Sonic Ranch studio with Sublime vet Paul Leary — will hit the streets July 12, when a simultaneous “Unity Tour 2011” with 311 revs up. It hits Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Aug. 23.
Guitarist Rome has stayed busy on his own, too. He recently co-penned (and crooned on) The Dirty Heads’ smash hit “Lay Me Down.” To date, Sublime has sold over 17 million albums, and scored chart climbers like “What I Got.” With this added Rome infusion, they should keep right on selling.
Hear “Panic” and decide for yourself at www.sublimewithrome.com.