Credit: Marc Thomas Kallweit
In the mid-1990s, Sublime’s mix of dub, reggae, punk, ska and hip-hop would help define an entire subgenre of alternative rock. The band’s laid-back tales of California life felt like the flip side of grunge’s nihilism and was able to unite the punks, surfers, rastas and hip-hop fans behind one band. Bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh have continued playing despite the 1996 death of singer Bradley Nowell. They’ve added singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez to form Sublime With Rome. And now we’ve got the exclusive new single “Can You Feel it,” featuring Wiz Khalifa.
While it’s hard to mistake Ramirez’s voice for Nowell’s, the group leans heavily on its reggae and dub influence on “Can You Feel It,” channeling soulful Jamaican crooners like Jimmy Cliff and Desmond Dekker. When Ramirez cedes the mic to Wiz, the rapper delivers another ode to his favorite medicinal herb: “I’m rollin’ up a G6/Hit it once you won’t believe this/You say your mind is racing/I’m just trying to help you pace it,” rhymes Wiz, always the thoughtful friend.
“Can You Feel It” is the second single from the group’s upcoming debut album Yours Truly, out everywhere July 12. Hear clips of all the songs on Yours Truly over at iTunes, and check out Sublime With Rome on tour all summer long with 311. Head to sublimewithrome.com for more info.
+ Listen to Sublime With Rome’s “Can You Feel It” featuring Wiz Khalifa below.