Sublime Releases First New Song in 28 Years — with Vocals from Late Frontman Bradley Nowell and His Son Jakob

The 'Santeria' band reunited earlier this year with the late lead singer's son Jakob Nowell at the helm for a performance at Coachella

  • Sublime has released its first new song in 28 years, "Feel Like That" with late frontman Bradley Nowell, his son Jakob Nowell and Stick Figure

  • "This song came about in an organic way," said Jakob

  • Following a viral Coachella set, the band is touring throughout the rest of 2024

Sublime is back with a new song for the first time in 28 years — and the track features vocals from both the band's late frontman Bradley Nowell and his son, Jakob Nowell.

The reggae-punk fusion band's new track, "Feel Like That," also features Scott Woodruff of Stick Figure on vocals, as well as the band's founding members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh. Sublime's first release since their viral Coachella set with Jakob, 28, at the helm, the song also marks almost 28 years since Bradley's death from a heroin overdose on May 25, 1996.

“This song came about in an organic way. My uncles and I always want to collab with artists in different modern music scenes," Jakob said in a press release. "But hearing my own voice on a track side by side with my dad's voice really feels like the classic Sublime sound stepping into the modern era."

<p>Regime Music Group</p> The cover art of "Feel Like That"

Regime Music Group

The cover art of "Feel Like That"

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"SoCal music is my family’s pride and joy and our family is getting bigger everyday. 'Feel Like That' captures this new sentiment and we want it to be the first of many," Nowell added. "Who wants to join the family next?"

Producers on the new track include Grammy award-contributors Woodruff and Johnny Cosmic, as well as the band's longtime collaborator Michael "Miguel" Happoldt. The Stick Figure musician told Rolling Stone ahead of the song's release that he worked to create the track using old recordings of an improvised jam session between Bradley, Wilson, and Gaugh from 1996

"Sublime is who inspired me to make music, being a part of this track is a full circle moment in so many ways. From the vault to the people, this one’s been a long time coming!" Woodruff said in a press statement.

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<p>Arturo Holmes/Getty</p> Jakob Nowell of Sublime performs at the Coachella Stage

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Jakob Nowell of Sublime performs at the Coachella Stage

Jakob told Rolling Stone that it was a "beautiful thing" for him to pay homage to his late father on the song. "My dad has a verse and then I have a verse and then Stick closes out the song," he said.

Bassist Wilson also chimed in to speak out on the release of the track, telling the outlet they were "blessed" to still have the old recordings of their performances together — and to have a perfect outtake ready for use.

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"They say timing is everything, and I think they were right! It’s super awesome to hear Brad and Jakob singing side by side on the same track. I’m sure this song is gonna set the mood for the summer," he wrote in an email to the publication.

Sublime originally saw massive success in the mid 1990s with their tracks like "Santeria" and "What I Got" which blended elements of punk, reggae, ska and funk — and experienced continued radio success even after Nowell's death.

In a press statement, drummer Gaugh joked that "good things come to those who wait… and wait…and wait…"

"We've been waiting too damn long!!! Now hear this!!! This is the good s--- that make you 'FEEL LIKE THAT!'" Gaugh wrote.

<p>Joshua Kim</p> Bud Gaugh, Jakob Nowell, Eric Wilson

Joshua Kim

Bud Gaugh, Jakob Nowell, Eric Wilson

The band is also set to embark on a North American tour at various festivals across the U.S., with stops at Virginia Beach, Virginia, for the Point Break Festival, the San Diego Bayfest in California, and a final stop in Riviera Maya, Mexico, for the Closer To The Sun Festival. Fans can visit for the full list of dates.

Additionally, in 2022, it was announced that a biopic about Sublime was in the works. According to Variety, Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence is set to direct the project and Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy will write the script. Gaugh, Wilson, Jakob and his mother Troy were set to serve as executive producers, but a release date has yet to be announced.

Jakob previously spoke with PEOPLE about reuniting the band and taking over his father's mantle, stating that his decision to reunite the group was as much for his father as it was for the original trio's fans.

"There's been people asking me to join the band since I was 12, and it was something I never wanted to do," he told PEOPLE in April. "I'd always told myself I'd never do the Sublime thing."

"It's emotionally complicated. I didn't want to step on the toes of a passed family member," he added, later noting that: "...I think stepping into this role has given me a lot of closure. The story feels complete."

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