Sublime with Rome's frontman Rome Ramirez recently detailed the band's upcoming third album, Bradley Nowell's legacy, and what to expect from the band when they play DC101 Meltdown on January 10th at The Anthem.
Regarding the band's yet-untitled upcoming third studio album, the follow-up to 2011's Yours Truly and 2015's Sirens, Ramirez says (via The Reader),
We're... going to drop it early next year... It's been a while since we put out any new music. We've just been sitting back, playing live a bunch, letting the radio do its thing. And we've been taking a bunch of inspiration in. We've been working on this album about a year and a half, so we finally got a pack of songs we're really stoked on. We went to Texas at this studio we play out there. It was beautiful, it's in the middle of nowhere and there's a hundred thousand palm trees, crazy. But they had all this crazy vintage gear from all these legends and stuff. We went out there and recorded all the songs we'd previously written. It was rad. We did the whole thing with Rob Cavallo [Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls, My Chemical Romance], who's this master producer, and it was a great time working with somebody of his stature, so it was really cool, a different direction for us.
When asked about what it's like trying to step in Bradley Nowell's shoes and the baggage that comes with it, Rome says,
Honestly man, for me it's kinda like marching to the beat of my own drum, but I've kind of dealt with that even before I was with Sublime. I quit college, I wanted to do this, play music, and it's kinda like that has always been there, starting a band and rolling with Eric [Wilson] and Bud [Gaugh], and as long as they're cool, I'm cool.
And when asked about what to expect from upcoming shows, Ramirez replies,
We always play a mix, you know. The rule of thirds. We try to keep it a third hits, a third legacy and a third Sublime with Rome. There's so much that's happened with Sublime, we like to kind of space it out.
Check out Sublime with Rome's latest single "Wicked Heart":
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