‘Top of the World’ Song Out Now; Album To Be Released in August
Surf music used to be comprised of the hard guitar riffs of Dick Dale, who played as if big waves were falling over his strings, to the more mellow instrumental approaches of Jan and Dean and The Ventures.
And then along came a band that called itself Slightly Stoopid.
It started a new generation of surf sounds, combining Dale’s hard-driving approach with that of reggae at the pace of punk rock: Fast, faster and even faster. It’s was like a rush of waves, a monster set rolling in ready to crash down at any moment.
And surf traditionalists loved it, as did the newer generation of surfers.
That was back in 1995 and than a decade later, Slightly Stoopid is still going strong. In fact, it is set to release a new studio album – it’s seventh – “Top of the World” in August, and has made the title track available to fans.
“Top of the World” is much more mellow than many of its other songs, a grind-it-out guitar, loud vocals sound. The band calls it “indicative of the band’s signature mash-up of eclectic grooves – a track threaded with a hypnotic guitar line, hip-hop beat and undeniable vocal hooks.” The album, which features several collaborations, will be released on August 14 on the band’s own Stoopid Records label. The group’s previous Stoopid Records releases have combined for sales of nearly a million copies.
The now seven-piece band continues to be influenced by some of its biggest heroes, including: reggae legends Barrington Levy and Don Carlos of Black Uhuru; “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson of Greyboy Allstars; longtime band friend and touring partner G. Love; Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore; ex-Jurassic Five emcee extraordinaire Chali 2na; Dumpstaphunk’s Ian Neville; and hit-making singer/songwriter Angela Hunte.
Since forming in 1995, Slightly Stoopid has toured virtually non-stop, and this summer is no different. Slightly Stoopid has joined forces with 311 for the party of the summer, as the two bands recently launched Unity Tour 2012. This installment of the annual trek is hitting amphitheaters nationwide through September 5; click here for the tour dates and locations. One of the places is the Beach at Mandalay Bay in Vegas on Sept. 1; this is a highly-recommended place to see the show.
For more on the band and to see a video of “Top of the World,” go to its website at: www.slightlystoopid.com.