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O.A.R. Puts Out “Badfish” Cover in Collaboration with The Nowell Family Foundation and LAW Records

by The Alchemist

If you are a D.C. music fan, you’ve probably heard of O.A.R. by this point. O.A.R. is a band made up of four Maryland natives, and one Ohioan. They have dropped a number of albums where their fans have followed them into the next decade, and they have been continuing their success through the years.


They have recently released a track in collaboration with LAW Records, and The Nowell Family Foundation. The track is called a Sublime cover of “Badfish” but it is a part of an amazing project called The House That Bradley Built. The new compilation features never-before-released acoustic covers from the catalogue of Bradley Nowell’s band, Sublime, performed by 20+ bands. Profits from the record will go to The Nowell Family Foundation to build Bradley’s House, a rehab center in Southern California named after the late Sublime frontman Bradley James Nowell.


“Bradley James Nowell died of a heroin overdose on May 25, 1996. It was a devastating loss for his family, friends and fans,” comments Jim Nowell, Bradley’s father. “From this pain, came a burning desire to help others who battle with opioid addiction to overcome the disease before it takes their lives. That’s why we started the Nowell Family Foundation,” he states.

The Nowell Family Foundation has a mission to build and sustain Bradley’s House, a 6-bed opioid recovery center for economically disadvantaged and struggling musicians, and to offer free services while musicians recover. Jim “Papa” Nowell reflects, “The vision for Bradley’s House is to create a place of hope and healing for people in the music industry. A place where creativity can be an outlet for transformation. A place where passion can be a motivation for change. A place where music can be a source of strength.” With the new compilation, The House That Bradley Built, musicians donated their time and music to take a stand against opioid addiction and to help support those battling addiction.

A true celebration of the prolific songwriter’s life, the compilation highlights the Cali-reggae rock scene Bradley Nowell helped establish through his mainstream success. In the wake of his untimely death, Bradley along with his band Sublime influenced a generation of musicians who continue to sonically blend mixtures of punk rock, ska, and reggae. Some of these inspired artists featured on the compilation include G. Love, Pepper, HIRIE, The Expanders, Common Kings, The Skints, and Trevor Young (SOJA).


We here at Alchemical are honored to be able to help promote this amazing creation that LAW Records and The Nowell Family Foundation have started. O.A.R.’s song is one of our favorites of the album (as we are all huge Sublime fans here), but the entire album is quite amazing. This song brings back memories and helps the listener reminisce on some of the best times of their life. You can check out the track and announcement for the entire album below, and find out more information about the Nowell Family Foundation here:


The Alchemist

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