A ‘Sublime’ spin on the classics

Ioannis Pashakis, Staff Writer




     “You know that dude at highschool with the hoodie and sold everyone weed? That was me. And now I get to sing for my favorite band,” said frontman Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome last week at Nelson Field House in between classic 90’s reggae rock jams like “Smoke Two Joints” and “Wrong Way”.

     On Thursday, April 27, BU students were able to experience Sublime with Rome’s original mix of reggae, rock, punk and hip hop. The energetic crowd had the chance to hear both classic songs from the band’s hay day as well as new songs thanks to Ramirez.

     Ramirez began touring with the band as “Sublime with Rome” in 2010 after the tragic death of Sublime front man and lead singer Bradley Nowell in 1996 which left the group without a vocalist for 14 years.Sublime with Rome now consists of Ramirez, Carlos Verdugo and the original bassist for Sublime, Eric Wilson.

While the band may be very different from 90’s era Sublime, Sublime with Rome brought a crowd pleasing mix of all of their classics along with songs from Sublime with Rome’s album’s “Sirens” and “Yours Truly.” Opening for Sublime with Rome was reggae group Royal Khaoz. From NY, Royal Khaoz prides itself on having “the old school sounds of reggae with a modern interpretation.”

     According to the audience of students at Nelson Field House, Royal Khaoz was a perfect opener to Sublime with Rome. Jermaine Williams’ smooth vocals atop of tropical beats on songs like “Children of Zion” opened up for a great night of reggae infused rock. Sublime with Rome must have been just a little upset that they miss out on Block Party at BU. “What day is it Thursday or Friday? I was going to tell you it’s Friday so let’s do Friday shit but its Thursday,” said Ramirez.

     The band left stage with two big closing songs for their encore that must have been their big show closers for years. When Ramirez, Verdugo and Wilson bounded back on stage for their encore they went right into “What I Got,” closely followed by “Santeria” and their two biggest songs from Sublime still hit as hard as they did in the 90’s.