Sublime With Rome
Formed in Long Beach, Calif., in 1988, Sublime delivered a blend of ska, reggae, punk, surf rock, and hip-hop. Over the course of its three albums, the band has now sold more than 17 million albums worldwide.Lead singer Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose two months prior to the release of Sublime, which reached No. 13 on the Billboard Top 200, sold six million copies, and spawned such hits as “What I Got,” “Santeria,” and “Wrong Way,” which remain radio staples across with country.Profoundly affected by Nowell’s death, Eric Wilson never considered performing the group’s music live without their frontman.It took the talent and enthusiasm of songwriter and musician Rome Ramirez — a genial, now 24-year-old — to change that. Growing up in the Bay Area, Rome was introduced to Sublime’s music by his uncle, and credits the band with inspiring him to first pick up a guitar and learn to play at age 11.“It was the first time I ever really wanted to make music as opposed to just listen to it,” he said. Rome began singing and writing songs as a teenager and was playing solo gigs around the Bay Area when he met Wilson (the two were recording at the same studio).Pennywise is a punk rock band from Hermosa Beach, Calif.