It's been 12 years since the band's founders Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald released their first album, Slightly Stoopid, with the help of Sublime's Brad Nowell. At that time, Doughty and McDonald were just a couple of 17-year-old skateboarders who liked to get stoned and play some good music. Not much has changed, other than the fact Slightly Stoopid now plays to crowds that can number in the thousands.
"We want our shows to be like a house party because that's the way we came up, playing little local bars ... little sweaty boxes with like 100 of our friends in there," says Moran." Now things are growing but we haven't really changed our format that much. We still party down, we try to play at least 90 minutes a night.
The band's new album could be described as a collection of rarities and B-sides with a smattering of new tracks thrown in. According to Moran, while recording Closer to the Sun in 2005, the band compiled over 50 excess tracks that have been squirreled away the last three years.
"We were in the studio just pumping out ideas," says Moran. "Some were really cool and made the cut onto Closer to the Sun and some need a little bit more work and there was stuff we just shelved for a little while."
The band chose from this selection of tracks and decided which could be developed into songs for the new record and which would go back on the shelf. Moran says that essentially, Slightly Stoopid's new album is a re-release of the EP that came out with the limited edition of Closer to the Sun, with about seven tracks from that EP, five or six brand new tracks and eight or nine tracks from the vault. Plus, if you weren't sure what kind of music the band played, the incredibly long and stonerific title is pretty much a dead give-away that you won't be having a Hannah Montana/Jonas Brothers experience.
"This CD kind of reflects brand new, sorta old and like, ancient stuff," says Moran, "Pretty much it's a wide variety of styles and eras being represented."
A wide variety of styles is definitely what's in store for listeners of Slightly Stoopid's latest release. Not only did the band do some recording at Circle House Studios in Florida with the band Inner Circle, they've also thrown in their own version of the traditional Americana song "I Know You Rider," (also popular among the Grateful Dead set) even though Slightly Stoopid could hardly be called an Americana or rootsy band. Moran says this is a reflection of the band being influenced by an enormous pool of music over the years.
"I have two sisters and one was like a punk rock kid from San Francisco and the other one was like a full-on Deadhead fan so when I was really young I got a really wide variety of listening from my sisters," says Moran. "I think all the other guys too, having older siblings and stuff had a huge effect on their listening. Everything from ska and punk and stuff like that to the Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash and Bob Marley."
Whatever musical influences they bring to the table, you can be sure that Slightly Stoopid makes for one heck of a live show. While McDonald was quoted in a recent interview claiming that if you come to one of their shows without some weed it's a mistake, you don't need to be toking anything to appreciate their music. We swear.
Slightly Stoopid with guests Outlaw Nation and DJ Unite
9:30pm, Thursday, October 9, Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. 388-1106. All ages. $20.