Slightly Stoopid announced a West Coast Fall Tour that will see the group accompanied by Fortunate Youth and reunited with Sublime’s Miguel Happoldt with his band Perro Bravo.
Miguel Happoldt and Sublime’s late frontman Brad Nowell had a record label called Skunk Records that would go on to later sign Slightly Stoopid, who consisted of Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald.
When I interviewed Miguel Happoldt back in 2014, he told me the story of how Slightly Stoopid first came to be discovered: “Brad had a real bad drug problem — Miles’ Mom was a nurse and her boyfriend at the time was a doctor and they were interested in getting him off drugs, crazy as that sounds, and Brad lived with them. Then he woke up one day, heard this crazy shit going on in the garage and went out there and he was like: ‘You guys got a band?’ And the rest is history… and the first song I did with them I was completely impressed!”
Over the next 20 years, Slightly Stoopid would go on to release 8 studio albums, in addition to live & acoustic releases while collaborating with a list of artists too many to type across most genres of the musical pool. They’re cultural phenomenons in the reggae-rock-jam-marijuana lifestyle as they began their journey in 1996 with the release of their first studio album, Slightly $toopid.
The album was produced by, you guessed it, Miguel Happoldt. Well, I wouldn’t say produced as Miguel previously corrected me: “Producing would be a real slanderous term for what I did. I set up 4 mic’s on the drums and put it on 8 track. Captured it & recorded it would be more akin to what happened. The second record, ‘Longest Barrel Ride,’ was ‘produced’ with Eddie Ashworth, the great Eddie Ashworth, who was a house engineer at this great studio called Total Access. Me and him kind of did that side by side. From that to the song ‘2am,’ they never stop impressing me!”
While the tour naturally spotlights the history shared between Stoopid and the members of Perro Bravo, Fortunate Youth is a welcomed addition who are certainly no strangers to the reggae-rock community having found their own success with 3 studio albums, 3 EPs, in addition to a successful history of touring the nation establishing a dedicated following.
Long Beach’s Perro Bravo is a guitar heavy surf-rock psychedelic jam band that doesn’t shy away from incorporating elements of reggae, ska and punk. Paired with Fortunate Youth’s more stoner based reggae anthems and Slightly Stoopid’s ability to stretch the stage with their evolving ensemble and you have a night of unique artistry that is sure to be a live compliment onto each-other.
I personally hope to see a live on-stage collaboration performance of the song “The Neighbor Hoods” by Perro Bravo featuring Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle McDonald. The song can be heard from Perro Bravo’s Smoking Scorpion Tales album.
The tour will begin November 4th in Seattle, WA before concluding for a hometown show in San Diego on November 12th. There will be 7 total west coast shows inside 8 days across 3 states, 5 of which will all be in California.
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Article by: Mike Patti
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