Slightly Stoopid stops in Truckee
August 8, 2008
Slightly Stoopid has shaken stems, seeds and everything into its live shows as well as its new album.
Fresh off the release of “Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid” on July 22, the eclectic band from Ocean Beach will be the headliner Sunday, Aug. 10, when the Tailgate 2008 Summer Tour stops at Truckee Regional Park Amphitheatre. Pepper and reggae legends Sly & Robbie join the headliners on the tour.
“Every time we go out with Pepper, it’s pretty insane,” said Miles Doughty who shares vocal, guitar and bass duties with Kyle McDonald. “We’ve done three national tours together, and we’ve been friends for 10 years. The Tailgate tour is going to be a party tour, y’know what I mean? It’s going to be a good time. I’m looking forward to the arsenal jams with us, Pepper, and Sly & Robbie all together. You can party every day of the week, but getting those jams together is where it’s going to be insane.”
The Truckee stop is Slightly Stoopid’s last California show before the tour heads east to the Rocky Mountains, then the East Coast, so it’s the last chance for the legion of fans to catch the band in its home state before September.
“They’re just maniacs straight up, and we love them,” Doughty said in a news release. “Without them, we’d just be playing at the bar. They make it worth our while ” when we go out and people are having that good of a time, the energy goes back and forth. Just a good time: We just rely on each other’s energy.”
Fans will recognize some live favorites from the new album, but there are a few surprises as well. The odds-and-ends collection on the band’s own album includes the studio versions of the concert staples “False Rhythms” and “Sensimilla.”
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“Those songs, we’ve been jamming them for years,” Doughty said. “‘Sensimilla’ is a chant-along song with the whole crowd ” it’s a fun song for all of us to play. When we were down (in Miami’s Circle House Studios), we had a nice little open jam session. Making ‘False Rhythms’ and ‘Sensimilla’ in the studio was cool, because it only took a few takes of playing live, and the songs were done. We got to keep the flavor of the live show in it. That whole vibe in South Florida, we were able to capture it and put it into those jams.”
Slightly Stoopid also included its cover of UB40’s “I Would Do For You,” and the new tracks “No Cocaine” and “Supernatural” as well as a number of outtakes and experiments.
“We did an album called ‘Closer to the Sun,’ and we had a bunch of songs,” McDonald said. “We went in and recorded 50 or 60 songs because we were having so much fun. We had way too much for that album ” we put out ‘Not Stoned Enough’ originally as a six-song bonus CD, only available in a limited pressing, with the presale of the original album. People ended up liking it but not being able to get it. We went in and recorded some more songs in a session with the Inner Circle guys at their Circle House Studios in Miami, added a couple of songs from here and there, and just wrapped it up.”
Along with McDonald and Doughty, Slightly Stoopid consists of drummer Ryan Moran, Oguer Ocon on percussion, harp and vocals, DE LA on sax, and C-Money on trumpet and keyboards.
The band started in 1995 when Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell signed childhood friends Doughty and McDonald to his Skunk Records label. Nowell made a guest appearance on Slightly Stoopid’s self-titled 1996 debut.
Slightly Stoopid is a popular live show, and Pollstar ranked the band among its top 50 U.S. draws in 2006. Slightly Stoopid has opened for the likes of not only Sublime and Pennywise, but also the Dave Matthews Band, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and the Marley Brothers, the Roots, Toots & the Maytals, and G. Love.
Slightly Stoopid joins Pepper, Sly & Robbie, and Taxi Gang for Sunday’s show.
Pepper blends reggae, dub and rock, and relocated to Southern California from Hawaii. The trio is also playing the Vans Warped Tour this summer and will headline its own tour this fall.
Lowell “Sly” Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare joined forces in the 1970s in Jamaica. Since then, the duo has played or produced an estimated 200,000 songs, according to Wikipedia.