Sublime With Rome

Sublime with Rome - A biography

Rome (vocals, guitar): Eric Wilson (bass); Josh Freese (drums)

The wait is over! Sublime With Rome returns long at last with 'Sirens' (July 17, 2015, BMG Chrysalis), the effervescent follow up to the band's 2011 debut, 'Yours Truly.'

"We had more time, we know each other better now, and we're even better musicians," said Rome Ramirez, who was just 20-years-old when he embarked on this journey. Now 27, the singer, guitarist, and songwriter is truly flourishing.

With drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails) now permanently installed behind the kit and Sublime bassist and co-founder Eric Wilson anchoring the group, Sublime With Rome are armed with an album that makes a real statement... their statement.

Co-produced by Rome and Paul Leary, who manned the boards for 'Yours Truly,' 'Sirens' is an expression of three musicians who truly get each other and who can communicate seamlessly through their instruments and while in their favorite habitat -- the stage!

The luxury of time had a huge impact on their approach to this all-important sophomore set, especially since the band went into the studio without any demos or songs ready to go! That might sound terrifying to some musicians, but Sublime With Rome were invigorated by the situation.

"We didn't have any songs in our pockets," the frontman said, confessing that while he liked the spontaneity, it also lit a fire under their collective ass. "We showed up to this big studio and we had nothing, so we had to make it grassroots. It felt refreshing to make things on the fly. It really came together with all of us in the room and we loved the result."

He furthered, "Everything was recorded live and together. It's a little tighter and edgier than 'Yours Truly.' We have a lot of influence from Eric and it definitely shows."

Wilson concurred, saying, "It was great to work with Paul again, and with Josh Freese on drums, our chemistry was excellent. We had a great time recording the album in a totally organic way. There was no stress, even though we came up with stuff the fly."

"It is a whole different feeling now," Ramirez admitted. "Josh is such a great guy and he is just as lighthearted, which is great on the road, since touring can be so serious and so tough. It has been more fun, really. It is a lot more relaxed, and that helps with everything. It's like that everywhere. Studio. Stage. Bus. Wherever we are. We've moved forward, musically and on stage. He brings a great element.

And while Ramirez pays the utmost respect to the original Sublime entity, since, as he admitted in the past, they were the first band that made him want to make, as opposed to just listen to, music, he knows Sublime With Rome are worthy of fan's undivided attention. "This summer, I want fans to say, 'I went to see Sublime With Rome and the new album is sick as fuck.' We can do that by continuing to make better and better records," he said.

'Sirens' is overflowing with standout songs, such as the mellow yet buzzed out title track, featuring Dirty Heads. "This was a song where the drums and synths and beat that I did were for Mickey Avalon and I liked it so much that I decided to keep it and save it for Sublime With Rome," Ramirez said. "I had a random idea and asked Jared [Watson] to hop on the track, even though it's not what they do! They are gangster and they can handle anything."

Then there's "Skankin'," which is a Fishbone song that Sublime used to cover in their own unique way back when. It was an unrecorded fan favorite that sounds like an old demo! "We're covering Sublime covering Fishbone!," Ramirez exclaimed.

An instant summer classic, the slow-burning and chill jam "House Party," with a groove that transports listeners within the first few notes, or "Been Losing Sleep," with it's instantly memorable reggae groove.

Ramirez even stated that he isn't so much interested in the endgame or results as much as he is interested in writing music that is honest. And it's Wilson who summed up how Sirens is such an important record for the band. "I'm able play music for the love of music, just like I did back then. I am so fortunate to still be able to do it," he said.

With Sirens, those missions are dually accomplished. The album is seamless and has flow. It plays out like the work of musicians who complete one another's sonic sentences.

Indeed, Sublime With Rome are making their definitive statement with 'Sirens.'

The islands of Hawaii are not only the biggest influence on Iration's sound they are home to all of its members. Iration was born from a love of all types of music and a desire to create something new. Elements of Reggae, Rock, and Pop are mixed with keyboard/synth and melodic vocal lines to create something truly unique. Iration is best heard in a live setting where you can truly experience the full spectrum of their range. They have proven to truly have an understanding of modern and traditional performance techniques that keep crowds of fans', both younger and older, hands in the air and heads bobbing, along with those females' hips gyrating. These Hawaiian raised naturally talented musicians look forward to spreading their original sound, aloha spirit, and cutting edge (surf) culture as far as possible and will continue to make original music.

In 2007, they recorded and released their first full length album, No Time for Rest, at Castaway 7 Studios in Ventura, Ca, which featured one of the last recorded performances by reggae legend Mikey Dread, who produced accomplished musicians such as The Clash and UB40. Their single "Cookie Jar" reached number one in Hawaii on 93.9 DaBeat and was featured on Fuel TV's Triple Crown of Surfing recap. Their music was also featured on MTV shows Maui Fever and Living Lahaina.

In the spring of 2008, Iration embarked on a national tour titled "Playboys in Paradise" in support of the band Pepper. They traveled 16,000 miles and played in front of numerous sold out crowds at venues such as famed Stubb's BBQ in Austin, House of Blues Dallas, Myrtle Beach, and Orlando. They continue to tour extensively and look forward to bringing their sound to even larger audiences as they have playing shows such as "West Beach Music Festival" with legends Ziggy Marly and George Clinton, along with Jason Mraz, in Santa Barbara and "Back to School Orientation" with Sean Kingston and Shwayze in San Luis Obispo. On October 3, 2008, Iration officially released their latest collection of recordings on their SAMPLE THIS EP – Sample This, is a four song EP featuring two songs, "I'm With You" and "Electricity," which were co-written with a fellow local Hawaiian musician, songwriter, and Grammy winning producer Charles Brotman of Hawaiian recoding company Palm Records. The EP also features their new smash hit "Falling," which has already been added to several radio stations in Hawaii and Guam – as well as rising favorite, "Wait and See." These few tracks have a newly focused emphasis on capturing a popular sound along with their norm rock-reggae feeling. The Sample This EP debuted at 3 on iTunes top reggae albums - "Falling" was the 22 top reggae song on iTunes as of October 7, 2008 and 28 as of Dec 1, 2008. It was released by Michael Harlan music distribution through INgrooves. Iration has been Myspace's #1 top unsigned reggae artists for almost all of 2009. KUCD, Hawaii's alternative music station added "Falling" which peaked at #3 in November 2008. "Falling" currently has over three and a half million plays on Myspace, Iration has over seven and a half million.

In 2009, "Falling" was added to Santa Barbara's modern rock station, KJEE FM, and begun to receive specialty plays on XTRA FM, San Diego's alternative rock station 91X (as well as No Time For Rest's "Cookie Jar"). In the beginning of '09, Iration accomplished sell out shows at San Luis Obispo's Down Town Brew, West Hollywood's famed the Roxy Theater several times, and San Diego's House of Blues with over a thousand in attendance. Iration also performed at KJEE's Summer Round UP at the Santa Barbara Bowl with radio's hottest band, Kings of Leon, and The Airborne Toxic Event – as well as headlining San Luis Obispo's annual Beer Fest at Avila Beach before heading back to the studio to finish their Time Bomb album. The second half of 2009 was all about touring. Iration kicked of their summer touring in August by supporting the band Rebelution's national "Bright Side of Life Tour," spanning from San Diego to New York to Dallas. In the fall they performed at Los Angeles' Sunset Strip Music Festival, headlined San Diego's Paddle for Clean Water Festival presented by 91X FM, and supported Pepper's national "In the Trenches Tour," leading them from California all the way to back to New York. Iration continued touring through the fall supporting 11 dates with jam band legends Umphrey's McGee. They will ended the year with four very special California headlining dates at House of Blues San Diego, House of Blues Anaheim, San Luis Obispo's Downtown Brew, and San Francisco's famed Great American Music Hall.

For Iration, 2010 started off with big bang! By supporting 47 shows in 52 days on The Expendables' "Winter Black Out Tour," the Hawaiian bread boys proved they could hang touring even tin he harshest of conditions. On March 9, Iration released their highly anticipated album Time Bomb via an iTunes exclusive one week pre-release, at which time peaked at #40 on iTunes' music chart, and "Falling" was iTunes' "Discovery Download" of the week. Time Bomb is currently #1 on the iTunes reggae music chart (as of 3/11) and the title track "Time Bomb" has been as has high as #12 on the iTunes reggae single chart. "Get Back to Me," "Turn Around," and "Dream" have also been favorites maintaining their positions in the top fifty songs on the iTunes reggae singles chart (as of 3/11). March 16 marks the album's official domestic digital/physical and international digital release.

Iration has toured with Pepper, Rebelution, The Expendables, Umphrey's McGee and performed with acts such as: Kings of Leon, Airborne Toxic Event, White Lies, Far, Sean Kingston, Slightly Stoopid, Ziggy Marly, Steel Pulse, Stephen Marley, Don Carlos, Shwayze ft. Cisco Adler, Soja, George Clinton and P Funk, Fishbone, as well as many others.

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