Growing up, I had always known of Sublime. I knew the big hits like "Santeria" and "What I've Got" and songs of that nature. Later in my musical life, I started listening to them a little more as they were a "classic" band that I felt I needed to get into. And while I did start liking more songs, they never became a top favorite. They were just a good band that I enjoyed.
With that said, maybe that's why I don't have a problem with the remaining guys of the band going on after lead singer Bradley Nowell's death in 1996. I can understand some being upset, but I truly think fans need to give this version a shot.
Seems there were some side projects and legal issues that have gone on in the decade plus since that incident, but 2011 will finally see a new album from the guys who recently signed to Fueled by Ramen (the label behind such bands as Paramore and Gym Class Heroes). Yours Truly is not as in your face as past songs, but the vibe is still there all the same.
While I may not have been the biggest Sublime fan in the past, I am really liking this new Sublime with Rome project. Set to come out July 12, the album has a perfect summer vibe without being too hokey or forced.
A review may come later, but for now check out the preview here on their facebook page (note: requires a "like"). It just may surprise you too.
Favorites (so far): Panic, My World, Can You Feel It (featuring Wiz Khalifa)