This is the year of Slightly Stoopid. In 2012 AD the jam band from Southern California has finally breached the Top 20 after falling short with six previous attempts. It appears the eclectic styling of a group with its roots in ska and has expanded its musical influences to include a little bit of punk, a little bit of reggae, and even some hip hop has endeared itself with enough fans to drive the album to this vaunted position in its first week in release. At the same time, Slightly Stoopid is killing it as the feature player on 311’s Unity tour. One might even suggest part of the reason these shows keep selling out is because a healthy portion of the crowd sees these as Slightly Stoopid tickets on steroids.
That theory will be tested when the group heads out on its own this fall after the Unity Tour has disbanded. Slightly Stoopid will be playing headlining dates from September 6 to October 20, when the group is likely to take a vacation after its show at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Overall, there will be 15 concerts on this fall leg.
That fall leg would have never been without the release and strong commercial reception to Top of the World. The album is number seven in 19 years playing together. The sudden arrival near the top of the Billboard chart is not a result of a massive change in this sextet’s style. For Miles Doughty, Kyle McDonald, Ryan Moran, Oguer, DeLa, and C-Money, this means keeping up with the slacker persona of which Jimmy Buffett would approve. All the while, they have been churning out the type of music that first made this band Bradley Nowell’s (the deceases Sublime front man) pet label signing.
Now they are on their own label wise. They have been rewarded for all their hard work and their devotion to slow rhythms with that ska feel good vibe hand crafted on the West Coast with a generous outpour of support from local media and college radio stations and those who know Slightly Stoopid tickets, not albums, are the treasure.