Following the July 2015 release of Sublime with Rome‘s sophomore album, Sirens, Rome Ramirez told us in an interview that former Sublime drummer & DJ, Marshall ‘Ras MG’ Goodman, did a remix of his song “Gasoline.” When we noticed that the remix was never released, we reached out to SwR’s management who was gracious enough to allow us to give the track away for FREE! Read what Rome and Marshall both tell The Pier in how this remix came together…
You can download the Ras MG remix of Sublime With Rome’s song “Gasoline,” for FREE, on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday, Dec 2nd, 2017.
Sublime With Rome – “Gasoline” (Ras MG Remix) — Download HERE (on The Pier homepage)
Sublime with Rome – “Gasoline” (Ras MG Remix) Background:
Back in February 2015, Goodman ran into Rome at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, CA where Marshall tells The Pier: “While we were talking, Rome suggested that we work together on something and I agreed… He’s a very talented musician, songwriter, and producer. From what I’ve heard, he’s got great vision and a well balanced knowledge of music which are both necessary for success and longevity. I like working with musicians that have respect for and knowledge of our art.”
Fast forward to a July 2015 discussion with Rome and a collaboration between the two had since taken place over a remix of “Gasoline,” the final track on Sublime with Rome’s album.
It was during my interview with Rome back in 2015 that he first mentioned the remix, telling The Pier: “We did a really bad-ass remix of ‘Gasoline.’ Marshall’s killer, man! He’s obviously got a vision and I had this track in mind and I hit him up to see if he wanted to do a collaboration on it and yeah, he just really dropped the grime out of it and did it really sick!”
For those that don’t know, Marshall Goodman contributed drums, DJ & production work for Sublime. He was the official drummer of the band from 1991-1993 and drummed on the majority of the 40oz to Freedom album, including the break-out single “Date Rape.” You can hear more of Marshall’s contribution on such Sublime favorites as “What I Got”, “Doin’ Time”, “April 29th 1992,” “Get Out” and more.
Marshall tells The Pier: “Rome wanted (the song) to be more authentically Ska, and I was happy and honored to have the opportunity to make it happen. We met at his house in Huntington Beach, chatted for a while, and listened to other songs from the Sublime with Rome sessions.”
Marshall goes on to tell The Pier: “I let him know that I’d be happy to assist with drums, drum programming, arranging, percussion, or any other aspect to bring authentic, organic components to the Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars influenced music he was writing.”
To bring the remix to life, Goodman reached out to some of his longtime collaborators to assist him with the remix of “Gasoline.” This included Gabrail McNair who Marshall says was brought on to: “create a new progression to match what I felt was a Motown-influenced melody and style of singing that Rome put down on this song.” The horn section included Gabe on Trombone, Todd Simon on trumpet and horn arrangement, as well as Tim Wu on Sax. Marshall did the drum track on a vintage kit that was recorded traditionally to achieve a classic mono sound and expression. Guitar parts were laid down by Brian Dixon of the Aggrolites while Roger Rivas makes an appearance with the B3 organ.
The big reunion came with adding the bass to the track as Marshall tells The Pier: “Eric Wilson came out and re-tracked the bass and it was the first time I’d done a recording session with Eric since the late ’90s! That was one of the best aspects of this session!”
Marshall mixed the song with Antoine Arvizu but in the end, a different version of “Gasoline” made the final cut of SwR’s record. The version that made the album presented more pop sensibilities and replaced the organs of Ras MG’s remix with DJ scratching — Listen to it by comparison of the album mix to see which you like best.
Going into 2018, Sublime with Rome is expected to release another album as they’re currently writing in the studio. No word on whether or not Marshall Goodman will once again collaborate over a song as he is currently writing music for the regrouping of his Long Beach Dub Allstars. I don’t know if Sublime with Rome will make this song available beyond this week or anywhere else, so download it for FREE on our homepage before December 2nd, 2017. You can stream Sublime with Rome’s album Sirens or own it via iTunes by clicking HERE!
Sublime With Rome Background:
15 years after the passing of Sublime’s front-man Brad Nowell, Sublime’s drummer Bud Gaugh and bassist Eric Wilson found a young singer/guitarist and songwriter in Rome Ramirez to release a new album with Yours Truly back in July of 2011. What started out as a surprise show in Reno, NV, propelled into the trio announcing they were reforming as “Sublime” with new singer/guitarist, Rome Ramirez. The controversy began to grow after the group booked themselves to play the 2009 Cypress Hill “Smokeout” billed as “Sublime”. After a back and forth legal battle with the Nowell Estate, Bud & Eric were able to settle and compromise with continuing on as a trio under the name “Sublime With Rome”. Part of the settlement includes the Nowell estate receives an equal share from the group as if Brad Nowell was still an active member.
In 2011, Sublime with Rome released their debut album, Yours Truly with 15 total songs of original music behind new front-man Rome Ramirez. Shortly after the album release, and do to creative differences, drummer Bud Gaugh left the band and was replaced by renowned drummer and musician, Josh Freese. Four years after their debut release, Sublime with Rome returned with their sophomore album titled Sirens. The bulk of the songs on Sirens were written by Rome Ramirez working with studio engineer and producer Paul Leary. Going into 2017, Josh Freese left the group to go on tour with Sting paving the way for Carlos Verdugo, formerly of Tribal Seeds, to come in as the new drummer.
Huge thanks again to Sublime with Rome and Marshall Goodman for allowing us to share the remix to “Gasoline” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!
Article By: Mike Patti
Listen: Sublime with Rome – “Gasoline” (Album Version)