On June 30th, 2015, Slightly Stoopid will release their 8th studio album titled Meanwhile…Back at the Lab via the group’s own Stoopid Records. The album is available for pre-order and with it comes an immediate download of new song “Life Rolls On”; and is it any surprise they will be on tour this summer to promote the new release?
Slightly Stoopid: Meanwhile…Back At The Lab
The album includes 14 total tracks with a title and album cover that’s a reference to the band’s collective escape from touring and home life at their San Diego warehouse studio (The Lab at Stoopid Studios), where they have been working on numerous creative and collaborative projects.
Slightly Stoopid returns to their roots with a special remake of an older Stoopid song titled “The Prophet”. They brought their friend and former Sublime and Long Beach Dub All-Stars alum, Marshall ‘Ras MG’ Goodman in to produce the remake.
Here’s what Marshall told The Pier: “I produced one track for their album. It’s a remake of a song from their album ‘Slightly $toopid’ named ‘Prophet’. It’s a song with a pretty impressive history – I was excited to be a part of the remake. Courtney Adams played the guitars and bass and I did the drum programming, percussion, scratches, and arrangement.”
For those not familiar, “The Prophet” is an old Slightly Stoopid song first featured on their first album that included Sublime’s Brad Nowell on bass. The song was later covered by Sublime and re-released on Sublimes box-set Everything Under The Sun in 2008. “The Prophet” was also featured on Stoopid’s Acoustic Roots: Live & Direct in 2004 as the song was originally written by Miles Doughty.
When I asked Marshall what sort of style or production he brought to the remake, he explained: “I’m still pushing the ‘Bluesman’-inspired style that Courtney Adams and I began developing years ago. It’s our interpretation of the “Bluesman” attitude in a modern context. The drum programming I’ve been focused on in recent times is based in Hip Hop, the ‘Boom Bap’ style specifically, and I keep to the same style-type for my scratches.”
Slightly Stoopid returns to their very first producer in Miguel Happoldt who told The Pier he’s recently produced as many as 3 songs for Slightly Stoopid with the track “Life Rolls On” making the new album. That particular song is FREE when you pre-order it on iTunes. The album also features Angela Hunte on “One Bright Day” and Beardo on a song called “F*ck You”.
As the press release reads, the forthcoming album was recorded at the band’s studio; as well as at Platinum Sound, NYC; Rivas Studios, L.A.; Mixdown Town LBC, Long Beach, CA; and was self-produced by the band along with The Lab’s in-house maestro James Wisner. At one juncture, the band came straight off a flight from their South American Tour to NYC, where Jerry Wonda (The Fugees, Wyclef Jean) engineered an impromptu late night/early morning session at Platinum Sound, yielding the collaborative “Come Around.”
You can pre-order Meanwhile…Back At The Lab on iTunes by clicking HERE!
Everything Is Awesome Summer Tour
After more than a decade of waiting for these two groups to go on tour, it has FINALLY been announced that Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads will FINALLY head out on the road together with the Summer 2015 Everything Is Awesome Tour. The line-up doesn’t stop there as The Expendables and Stick Figure will also be on the summer bill, each on select dates.
The tour will go from July 8th to Sept. 19th across 40+ cities and more than 20 states that include playing outdoor amphitheaters, theaters and numerous festivals including Cali-Roots, Outside Lands, Wakarusa, the LOCKN’ Festival, and KAABOO.
Slightly Stoopid – Meanwhile…Back at the Lab
2.) This Version
3.) The Prophet
4.) Hold It Down
5.) Fades Away
6.) F*ck You
7.) Time Won’t Wait
8.) Rolling Stone
9.) Guns In Paradise
10.) Come Around
11.) Call Me Crazy
12.) One Bright Day
13.) Life Rolls On
14.) What Your Friends Say
15.) Armas De Fuego En El Paraiso (iTunes Bonus)
Watch: Slightly Stoopid – “Closer To The Sun”
Watch: Dirty Heads – “Cabin By The Sea” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series)
Watch: The Expendables – “Intro/Sacrifice”
Watch: Stick Figure – “Coming Home”