Photo: Jakob Nowell | By Jordan Gartner and TMX staff | (Gray News/TMX) – Sublime has released their first new song in nearly 30 years. The new song titled, “Feel Like That” includes vocals from the band’s late frontman Bradley Nowell and his son, Jakob Nowell.

[Jakob], 28, was just 11 months old when his father was found dead of a heroin overdose on May 25, 1996, and has long considered his father’s bandmates to be uncles.

Last month, he made his debut as Sublime’s new vocalist at Coachella.

“This song came about in an organic way. My uncles and I always want to collab with artists in different modern music scenes,” Jakob Nowell shared. “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.”

The new song was produced by longtime Sublime collaborator Michael “Miguel” Happoldt, along with Stick Figure members Scott Woodruff and Johnny Cosmic.
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Jakob James Markus Nowell (born June 25, 1995) is an American musician based in Southern California. He was a founding member of the band LAW, and was their vocalist until his departure in 2021. Nowell went on to form the band Jakob’s Castle. In 2023, Nowell was brought on as the frontman of Sublime, a role previously held by his father Bradley Nowell.
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Nowell was born on June 25, 1995, at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California. He is the son of Bradley Nowell, the founding guitarist and vocalist of Sublime, and Troy den Dekker. Jakob was 11 months old when his father died of a heroin overdose in 1996. Nowell became interested in music at a young age, and taught himself how to sing and play guitar on his own.

Nowell began drinking at the age of twelve and started to battle with alcoholism. Drug use was normalized in his household. Nowell explained that his drug and alcohol exploration stemmed from a “subconscious desire to kind of understand what my dad’s experiences were”.

Nowell became sober in 2017. His sobriety was documented in the 2017 film The Long Way Back: The Story of Todd Z-Man Zalkins. The documentary explores the story of Todd Zalkins, a drug interventionist, former opioid addict, and childhood friend of Nowell’s father. In the film, Zalkins succeeds in his quest to get Nowell clean. Nowell, along with his grandfather and aunt, helped start the Nowell Family Foundation, a non-profit that provides addiction recovery services and support for musicians.

In 2021, he married Ashlyn Zeda. They divorced after only a few months of marriage.

Photo: Jakob Nowell | From his Facebook page, by David LeRoy Hunsaker

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