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Oct
31/09
Q&A with Bud

Q&A with Sublime founding member/drummer Bud Gaugh:


When did you decide to reform?
We don’t see this as a reformation or a reunion—it’s a celebration. We’re celebrating the music that Eric and I made with our brother Brad. We’re celebrating the songs and celebrating his memory and sharing that experience with our fans, friends and families. Eric and I have wanted to do something like this for a long time.

So why the wait?

It’s taken us both a long time to deal with losing Brad. We were all kids when we started Sublime and Brad was more than just a bandmate—he was a brother and a friend. So playing these songs brings back a lot of memories—great memories. But they can also be painful memories because we loved him and miss him so much. Thirteen years have passed but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. When Eric and I started talking about doing this, we realized that embracing the music could be a huge step toward healing and moving forward. And there are so many people out there that never got a chance to see Sublime live, so what better way to honor Brad than by introducing him to a new generation of fans.

You’ve got a new singer named Rome—tell us about him.

Rome is a great kid and a great talent. It’s funny, Eric came to me and basically repeated the exact same words that he said when he introduced me to Brad. He was like, “Hey, you’ve got to meet this kid. He’s got a platinum voice and plays the guitar like a mo-fo!” Word-for-word, it was almost the same description and it really caught me off-guard. But after meeting Rome and hearing him sing and play, I was like, wow, this guy is awesome.

There are some people out there that say this can’t be Sublime without Brad.

I can understand that. No one can or will ever replace Brad and that’s not what we’re going for. But this is and always has been a band—our band—and the addition of Rome allows our music to live on and hopefully be a positive force in people’s lives. But Brad was and always will be part of Sublime.

What kind of feedback have you gotten from fans after announcing plans to re-form?

It’s been pretty positive. We did an unannounced show a few months ago and the audience went nuts. We’ve had people come to rehearsals and they’re blown away. Yesterday someone showed me a Facebook page called “We Want Sublime,” which is a movement started by fans that want us to succeed and that’s awesome. Their love and support means a lot to us and we really appreciate it. At the end of the day, it’s all about the music and those people are true fans.

You’re playing the Smokeout Festival on Oct. 24. Can audiences expect to hear some new material?
They’ll experience a set with songs from all stages of Sublime’s career. They’ll hear songs that were never performed live with Sublime prior to ’96 and they might also hear something brand new.

And what are your plans beyond that?

It’d be great to get back into the studio and make some new music. It’d be great to tour again. But we’re taking it a step at a time and as long as each step feels good, then we’ll keep on going. One major project under development that we’re psyched about is code-named “Brad’s House.” The idea is to provide free addiction recovery service to underprivileged teens in Brad’s honor. The entire Sublime family was devastated by Brad’s loss and we would like to help prevent that from happening to others. The band has agreed to allocate proceeds to get this started. We’ll begin with one facility but our hope is that we can get other bands and organizations to join us and we can eventually scale it all across the country.

What do you think Brad would say about your decision to move forward?

I think he’d be stoked because he wanted our music to live forever. Brad, Eric and I formed the band out of our love for the art. It was always about the music and nothing else. We were doing things musically that a lot of people told us was wrong, but we always did what felt right. I think that’s why our fans have always felt an emotional connection with us.

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Oct
31/09
Ballyhoo! to Feature on Rock Band

According to Rock Gamer, Ballyhoo! will be contributing two songs to the Rock Band NetworkCali Girl and Paper Dolls. CLICK HERE to read more.

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Oct
31/09
Chali 2na & Beenie Man Get International

Check out the way cool video for Chali 2na and Beenie Man’s new music video for the track International. Cute kids!

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Oct
31/09
Happy Halloween from The Pier

As a treat for our readers, CLICK HERE to download a spooky Halloween track (Dready Kruegar) featuring KnowledgeBorn07, Zack Bauschke and John Gray.

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Oct
30/09
The B Foundation in the Studio

The B Foundation has been working secretly in the studio recording a new EP titled, The Chronicles. Look for a release in the Spring.

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Oct
30/09
Only a Couple Weeks Left to be Exposed

Just a couple of weeks (Nov 15) to go to get your entry in and be considered for the next Pier Sampler – Exposed!

CLICK THE PIC for more information.

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Oct
30/09
3rd Alley Gets Some Bud

UK band Captain Bud’s lead singer and guitarist Si Short is now working with Long Beach based band 3rd Alley. Si will be playing bass for the three piece reggae/rock band who will be recording new material and touring in the not too distant future.

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Oct
30/09
Download the New Beautiful Girls Single

CLICK HERE to download the impressive Don’t Wait. I have got to credit The Beautiful Girls for mixing it up with each new release. Very ballsy!

You can also check out the video below:

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Oct
29/09
Exposed: Canadian Reggae Rock

I know we have pushed a lot of these bands before, but these are 12 Canadian Reggae Rock bands you must check out:

  1. Dodger
  2. Goodbye Beatdown
  3. Giraffe Aftermath
  4. Walk Off the Earth
  5. IllScarlett
  6. Staylefish
  7. Daniel Wesley
  8. Street Pharmacy
  9. The Next Best Thing
  10. Current Swell
  11. The Soulicitors
  12. Redeye Empire

Lots of good music coming out from way up North!!!

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Oct
29/09
Brushfire Records Free Sampler

To celebrate the release of Jack Johnson’s En Concert album and film, Brushfire Records is giving away a free Brushfire Records Fall Sampler! CLICK HERE to go grab it.

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Oct
28/09
Interview: SOJA

It has been a long time coming, but The Pier has finally scored its first interview with the East Coast reggae root sensations SOJA. With a much anticipated new album out (Born in Babylon) vocalist/guitarist Jacob Hemphill has a lot to talk to us about. Enjoy.

CLICK THE PIC TO READ!

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Oct
28/09
Suicide Machines Reunite for Charity

One of the best ska-punk bands ever, The Suicide Machines, has reunited to play a charity gig at The Old Miami in Detroit on Nov 5.

Check out the video below for the classic track, No Face.

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Oct
28/09
Common Sense is Hitting Hawaii

Check out the upcoming dates below.

11.27.09 Pipeline Cafe HONOLULU

11.28.09 Rockstarz KONA

12.03.09 Maui Theater MAUI

12.03.09 Longhi’s Restaurant MAUI

12.06.09 Kilohana Resort KAUI

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Oct
27/09
Take Jack Johnson Home

The new Jack Johnson live album En Concert was released today.

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Oct
27/09
Upcoming Can’t Hang Florida Tour Dates

Nov 12 State Theatre – w/ Ballyhoo St. Petersburg, Florida

Nov 13 Beachside Tavern – w/ Ballyhoo New Smyrna, Florida

Nov 14 Private Party – FSU Tallahassee, Florida

Nov 15 Spinnaker – Surfrider Foundation Music & Arts Festival Panama City, Florida

Nov 17 TBA Pensacola Beach, Florida

Nov 18 Backstage Lounge – w/ The Soundtrack Gainesville, Florida

Nov 19 Chili Pepper Supper Club – w/ Hor!zen Cocoa Beach, Florida

Nov 20 Guanabanas – Jupiter Pro Am Fall Classic Kick Off Party Jupiter Beach, Florida

Nov 21 Secret Show – w/ Hor!zen Orlando, Florida

Nov 22 Jupiter Civic Center – Jupiter Pro Am Fall Classic Jupiter, Florida

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