Bluesfest welcomes festival favourites Slightly Stoopid back to their stage for the third time. A much loved American band based in the Ocean Beach neighbourhood of San Diego, California, Slightly Stoopid are known for their slabs of dubby bass, meditative vocal harmonies, rock-steady guitar licks and tightly syncopated percussive rhythms.
Led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty, along with drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran; percussionist Oguer “OG” Ocon; saxophonist Daniel “Dela” Delacruz; keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft; trumpet and trombone player Andy Geib; plus special guest and “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones/Greyboy Allstars) on saxophone Slightly Stoopid unveiled their latest musical experiment Meanwhile… Back at the Lab through the band’s own Stoopid Records on June 30th 2015.
The sessions for Meanwhile… Back at the Lab began in late 2013, shortly following the band’s seventh studio release Top Of The World. "We're a touring act, and we've been on the road pretty much non-stop over the last decade," explains Doughty, offering that the band's own local recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse “The Lab at Stoopid Studios” is a key ingredient of what keeps the band’s sound fresh. In fact, the title and album cover reference the band’s collective escape from touring where they have been working on numerous creative and collaborative projects.
"For us, it was a big turning point as far as having complete creative control over everything we do.” Doughty continues. “That's something big for this band—we want to make the music for ourselves and for our fans. We don't really make music for someone in an office that tells us something needs to be there. We've always had a very organic, do-it-yourself attitude. I think it's paid off in dividends."
Nearly two decades into their artistry, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature sound while creating a contagious feel-good vibe that has its own lifestyle and subculture… and it’s been done entirely on their own terms.
“Slightly Stoopid is known for its groovy blend of funk, reggae, punk, & other styles.” - Rolling Stone
"Slightly Stoopid are not only set on getting fans out of their seats during the shows, but they want to raise awareness for worthy causes as well.” - Huffington Post
"Slightly Stoopid has such amazing, diverse style ranging from punk, metal to reggae—they can play it all and really well.” - Danny Way for Thrasher Magazine
"Where Slightly Stoopid plays is usually where the party's at" - Pollstar