Sublime With Rome
Sublime with Rome is a musical collaboration between Eric Wilson, formerly of the American ska punk band Sublime, and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez. The group’s name is not only a reference to the singer’s first name, but to the fact that they chiefly perform songs by the original Sublime, which was fronted by Bradley Nowell until his death in 1996.
Ramirez began performing with Bud Gaugh (also formerly of Sublime) and Wilson in 2009, where they played under the name “Sublime”, until Nowell’s estate issued a legal challenge to the use of the trademarked name. As a result, they changed their name to “Sublime with Rome” in January 2010. The group played at the 2009 Smokeout Festival and embarked on their first tour in 2010, before releasing their debut album, Yours Truly, on July 12, 2011. Gaugh left the band on December 10, 2011, and was replaced by Josh Freese. The lineup of Wilson, Ramirez and Freese recorded the group’s second album Sirens, which was released in 2015. Sublime with Rome’s third lineup change took place in 2017, when Carlos Verdugo replaced Freese on drums.
In May 2019, the new trio released their first album together, and the third for Sublime With Rome, titled Blessings. The album, produced by Rob Cavallo, features the song “Wicked Heart” as the album’s first single, reaching No. 34 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.