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Special Guests include Barrington Levy, Makua Rothman AND Don Carlos!
While it’s a rare commodity for a band totour as consistently as Slightly Stoopid, the group’s diligent commitment tolive music provides some insight into why it's been a few years since the releaseof their last studio album. But on August 14, 2012, the Ocean Beach,California-based group—led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists MilesDoughty and Kyle McDonald—will droptheir latest studio effort, Top ofthe World. As heard throughoutthe disc, the layoff between albums has not affected the group's penchant forcooking up the tasty fusion and massive groove that permeates Stoopid’strademark sound. "We're a touring act, and we've been on the road prettymuch non-stop over the last decade," explains Doughty. "It really cameinto play on the release of the new record. Our last studio record [SlightlyNot Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid] was about three and a half years ago.But with the band, we were starting families, we'd been on the road so much, wereally didn't have time to sit down and focus on actually recording it." Doughtyalso admits that the creation of the band's own recording studio and rehearsalclubhouse, within the warehouse district of Mission Valley (just inland ofOcean Beach), certainly aided the creation of Topof the World. "Inthe past two years, we started our own studio, which really enabled us to makethe record at our own pace, and to make the right record for us at this time inour career,” Doughty continues. “What's nice about it is having our own environmentto record in and analyze the music, and it really lets you keep an organicfeel.
For us, I feel like it's a step into thenext level, as far as understanding the process of recording, understanding the process of songwriting.We took everything that we've learned over the years and really put it intothis record.” Another key ingredient to what makes Top of the World so special is the inclusion of several musical guests. "It reallykept that 'family atmosphere' for us,” says Doughty. “I think it shows in themusic—it flows. It's like one of those records that feels like it's one giantsong. It keeps building and building. For us, we couldn't be happier. Top of the World speaks volumes as to where the band is today; just lyrically andmusically, we're really happy with the direction." "We had G. Love,Angelo Moore from Fishbone, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, Ian Neville from Dumpstaphunk,Tory Ruffin from Morris Day and the Time and Fishbone, and singer/songwriterAngela Hunte. We've been friends with G. Love for over 15 years, and we've beenable to work together quite a few different times in the studio. It seems likesecond nature. Whenever you're recording with G., it's almost like you'rereally just hanging out with your bro, and you happen to hit record. We've doneso many shows together and so many studio sessions, it becomes second nature.Angelo Moore to me is one of the greatest frontmen to ever step foot on astage. As a fan and out of respect, I try to do something with Angelo everytime we have a record, really. If you listen to his lyrics, his vocal performance—Idon't know who could keep up with Angelo on stage. Don Carlos from Black Uhuruis one of the legendary reggae singers of all time, and we've had the pleasureof working with him the last few years." Riffing on some of the album’shighlights, Doughty says "I really love 'Hiphoppablues,' the song G.Love did. I love the song 'Way You Move,' Ian Neville did a great guitar linethroughout the whole song. We worked with Barrington Levy on 'Ur Love,’ he is atrue architect of the dance hall! Definitely 'Ska Diddy' with Angelo—it’s a fun rant and shout out to a lot of the nooksand crannies we play across the country.” Besides recording at their ownstudio, Slightly Stoopid has always been extremely hands on when it comes totheir career, going back more than a decade to when they founded their own recordlabel, Stoopid Records. "We started Stoopid Records around 2000,” Doughtyclarifies. “At that time, we were in transition as far as what we were doingwith our records, and we thought it would be good to have our own independentlabel—like Sublime showed us back in the day with Skunk Records.
What's nice is we've had a following withthe fans, where people understand that Stoopid Records is Slightly Stoopid and otherbands we want to help break out." "Forus, it was a big turning point, as far as having complete creative control overeverything we do. That's something big for this band—we want to make the musicfor ourselves and for our fans. We don't really make music for someone in anoffice that tells us something needs to be there. We've always had a veryorganic, do-it-yourself attitude. I think it's paid off in dividends."
In addition to the arrival of Top of the World, Slightly Stoopid should be very busy for the rest of 2012."This summer, we're doing The Unity Tour with 311. That was really cool— thoseguys approached us about doing a tour with them. For the last five years, we'vebeen headlining all the amphitheater tours, so it's kind of nice that we'regoing to co-headline with them. It's a good chance to not only play for ourfans, but to play for 311 fans and show them the new direction of the newrecord. After the summer tour, we're going to do a fall tour and a winter tour,stay on the road as much as possible, promote the record, and keep making moremusic."
Slightly Stoopid’s current line-up,featured on the Unity Tour 2012, consists of Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and McDonald (guitar, bass,vocals), along with Ryan “Rymo” Moran (drums), Oguer “OG” Ocon (congas, percussion,harp, vocals), C-Money (trumpet), Dela (saxophone) and Paul Wolstencroft (keyboards).Additionally, “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson of Greyboy Allstars also lent his talents throughoutTop of the World, and is joining the band on tour this summer.
Nearly two decades into their ongoingmetamorphosis, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, definingtheir signature sound even further and creating a contagious feel-good vibe. An entiresubculture has grown around the social statements the band makes with their music—and it’s beendone entirely on their own terms. No wonder they feel like they're on Top of the World.