For those not familiar, LAW is a 4-piece rock band out of Long Beach, CA featuring vocalist Jakob Nowell, son of the late Brad Nowell who fronted Sublime. But this is no Sublime reincarnation as Jakob looks to set his own path with the debut of his bands new record, There and Back Again, on November 23rd, 2018.
In addition to Nowell, the band is rounded out with Nick Aguilar on drums, Aidan Palacios on guitar and Logun Spellacy on bass. They draw their sound from a wide range of rock bands such as Tool, Primus, Rush, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction.
Their new album, There and Back Again, is 13 songs recorded in Joshua Tree, CA at the Rancho de la Luna with Dave Catching. The record was then mixed and mastered by Michael “Mic Dangerously” De La Torre at 17th Street Recording Studios in Costa Mesa, CA.
While Jakob sounds a lot like his father, vocally, LAW is not trying to market themselves as the next coming of Sublime or even as a reggae-rock band. While they’re understanding of fans drawing comparisons to Sublime, LAW is not looking to go down that same musical path, but rather creating their own brand of great rock music.
In a statement regarding the subject, Jakob says: “The four of us over the years have developed a strong brotherhood and a unique sound in our music. We are now finally ready to share our new sound with you the listener. If you have discovered us through your love for my father’s work, then we are more than happy to have you. However, you need to know that we are a different entity entirely in both sound and vision. We have a lot of respect for the fans of Sublime, and if you are discovering us for the first time, maybe you will like what you hear. Regardless of how you found LAW, LAW wants you to listen. LAW wants you to develop an opinion. LAW wants you to decide for yourself, with no preconceived biases. Nick, Aidan, Logun and I create new exciting music that covers all areas of the expansive genre called rock. If you’d like to be a part of this listen close and then prepare to journey out with us. There and Back Again.”
The band released the first single from the album with the track “Cold” that came accompanied by a music video with some fun inspiration from the HBO series, Game of Thrones. You can find the video, cover-art, tracklisting & additional links below.
LAW teamed up with PledgeMusic to release the record. The album will be made available on CD and limited edition vinyl. Pick up your copy by clicking HERE!
LAW – There and Back Again Tracklist:
3.) Doses of Psychosis
8.) Autumn Light
11.) Aidan’s Song
12.) Logun’s Run
13.) The Doom
Article By: Mike Patti
Photo By: Josh Coffman
Watch: LAW – “Cold”