Bands like Slightly Stoopid are the shit. Period. They go along with their business, never once thinking about selling out to anyone for years and years, and eventually flourish the only way they know how – their own way. If you haven’t heard of Slightly Stoopid, these guys have been together for over a decade, perfected what they call “the art of the stealth groove, that knack for quietly—almost innocently—sliding into a song and utterly lassoing anyone within earshot by mid-song.” It’s the kind of sound you’ll find yourself enjoying even if you forget to notice right away. It just sits true in the mind, completely.
Their latest record, the sixth offering titled “Chronchitis,” is “another collection of hypnotizers built on a bedrock of nasty, oceanic slabs of dubby bass and meditative vocals.” These guys are now big and strong enough to release the collection on their own Stoopid Records/Controlled Substance Sound Labs label, and it’s a clear reflection of what Slightly Stoopid represents. They play music every day without fail, constantly finding new ways to evolve an inimitable craft. Drummer RyMo puts it best, “Every album is unique…an album just captures the ‘now’ of the moment, and with us that is constantly changing… We are just being ourselves. We enjoy making music together and we will continue staying on tour and recording consistently.”
Check out “Chronchitis,” especially if you miss the summer as much as I do. It’s a beach soundtrack if I’ve ever heard one. You can also get out to a show – the band plays over 150 gigs a year. No doubt they’ll continue to play and record, so expect a seventh album in the very near future. Learn more below in the XXQ’s.
XXQs: Slightly Stoopid
PensEyeView.com (PEV): With more than a decade of making music together, tell us about how you first jumped into becoming Slightly Stoopid? Was it an instant connection for the band?
Ryan Moran aka Rymo (Drummer): Miles and Kyle grew up together and picked up instruments at a young age. The band has grown and evolved and gone through many changes. The chemistry is strong and has stood the test of time…
PEV: What kind of music where each of the members listening to growing up?
Rymo: Lots of punk, rock, ska, reggae, hip-hop and more…
PEV: Do you guys argue on different kinds of music?
Rymo: Everyone has their favorite styles of music but we respect each other’s approach to composition.
PEV: What was the first concert you attended?
Rymo: The Who, 25th anniversary reunion tour in 1988 or 1989. Awesome.
PEV: Tell us about your creative process… What kind of environment do you have to be in to write music?
Rymo: A smoky one!
PEV: Having performed together for quite some time, what can fans expect from a live show?
Rymo: Lots of energy, lots of chaos, lots of fun.
PEV: What can fans expect from your sixth album, “Chronchitis”? What was the collaborative process for this album?
Rymo: All of our songs take on a life of their own. We write and record together all the time, and our individual tastes shine through. Some songs are pre-composed and presented to the group, others are written on the fly.
PEV: How is “Chronchitis” different from others out right now? As well, how is it different from your past albums?
Rymo: Every album is unique…an album just captures the ‘now’ of the moment, and with us that is constantly changing. We had a chance to work with some world class producers while working on Chron and it has a distinct flavor when compared to earlier albums. Producers put their stamp on our ideas and help shape the overall sound of things.
PEV: How would you describe the sound of Slightly Stoopid? How do you plan to stand out above the other musicians in your genre?
Rymo: Reggaefunkyrockbluesygroovybeachmusic… We are just being ourselves. We enjoy making music together and we will continue staying on tour and recording consistently.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of the band?
Rymo: We are sober.
PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?
Rymo: I was about 13 years old and getting really into music. It felt like the right thing to pursue. I was fortunate to have good teachers and peers around me that would inspire me to go for it.
PEV: What one word best describes Slightly Stoopid?
PEV: How is life on the road for you? Best and worst parts? Any fun stories?
Rymo: Life on the road is constant flux. Every single day you are in a different city, climate, time zone etc. it takes patience to adapt to constant change.
PEV: In all your travels, which has been your favorite city to play (US or International)?
Rymo: I have a ton of both. I love going to any city where people are cool and the food is good. Some places are more fun than others. I’m a coastal person and enjoy anywhere with an ocean nearby. Amsterdam was great. Byron bay Australia is amazing. I’d love to go back to either at some point.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your success?
Rymo: They are proud because they know how long I have worked at this. It hasn’t been some overnight success story. The hard work has finally started to pay off. They are most proud of my perseverance.
PEV: What can we find the members of the band doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
Rymo: Surf, hang out with friends and family, travel, have a few beers etc.
PEV: Which artist would be your dream collaboration? Why?
Rymo: This is a tough question to answer. I have people I’d love to play with. But to choose one…?
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
Rymo: Watch anyone that is touring and making good music for the right reasons. There is so much crap out there that sucks. Don’t be fooled by the American idol mind frame. If you want to this, it will take sacrifice and hard work, and a lot of road time.
PEV: If you weren’t playing music, what would the members of the band most likely be doing for a career?
Rymo: Working at 7-11.
PEV: If we were to walk into your practice studio right now what would find?
Rymo: Drums, books, keyboards, iPods, ear protection, cymbals, art on the wall, empty beer cans.
PEV: So, what is next for Slightly Stoopid?
Rymo: Time will tell. The road. The studio… More of both.
For more information on Slightly Stoopid, check out: www.slightlystoopid.com