Rome Ramirez is a realist.
He knows that Sublime with Rome will always be stacked up against the original Sublime, and him to the late frontman Bradley Nowell. But with the recent release of the trio`s second album, "Sirens," Ramirez is confident that his band -- which includes original Sublime bassist Eric Wilson -- has established itself comfortably in its predecessor's shadow.
"We'll always be compared to the original lineup of the band. It just meant so much to so many people," Ramirez, 27, says by phone from a tour stop in Orange County, Calif. "But we've been touring jamming for so long now that I think we definitely do have our own voice, and I think the fans really embrace the fact that this is a new band. It's an extension of the original lineup but it is a new band with a new sound.
"Part of that is to spread the great music that was created years go, too, but I think we've kind of stomped our own footprint on that."
Ramirez calls "Sirens" "the right record" for Sublime with Rome, less hampered by the pressures and expectations that greeted "Yours Truly" in 2011 -- which followed a lawsuit with Nowell's family and estate over what name the band could use. And, he adds, the current trio, which includes drummer Josh Freese after Sublime co-founder Bud Gaugh left in 2011, is more comfortable together thanks to plenty of touring.
"We are really at the place now where we're just, like, right amongst each other," Ramirez explains. "Going into the studio it's a lot easier for us to just come up with music and work together and sit and have no walls, no barriers, no nothing.
"So it's really good, and really easy. We're gonna be touring as much as possible to promote and play the new record, just hopefully go everywhere and back, man, and share the music -- all the music -- that is Sublime, y'know?"
Sublime with Rome, Rebelution, Pepper and Mickey Avalon
6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28.
Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills.
Tickets are $29.50-$59.50 pavilion, $20 lawn with a $60 lawn four-pack.
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