‘Blessings’: Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome Talks New Album, Gear and the Band’s Legacy

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“It’s a party,” says Rome Ramirez, singer and guitarist for Sublime with Rome, about the band’s music and live shows. Ramirez is speaking to Guitar World while en route to Bloomington, Indiana on Sublime with Rome’s tour in support of their just-released new effort, Blessings.

And indeed, the band’s shows boast an ideal party soundtrack, with classic Sublime ska-punk-reggae tunes like “Wrong Way, “Santeria” and “What I Got” sitting next to buoyant Blessings tracks like “Light On” and “Blackout” in a setlist sprinkled with any number of covers, from Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Jailhouse” to Bad Brains’ “House of Suffering” to the Grateful Dead’s “Scarlet Begonias.” “I get a lot of joy out of this music,” Ramirez says. He spoke to Guitar World about that music, as well as the new album, guitars and Sublime’s storied past, in this exclusive interview.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.