California rockers Slightly Stoopid have covered a lot of stylistic ground since they, as high schoolers, were first signed to Sublime leader Brad Nowell's Skunk record label. The band has previously mixed skatepunk, off-kilter pop and hip-hop sounds.
Judging from a four-track sampler the group is currently giving away, they're now infatuated with reggae -- just like fellow Californian
Of the four tunes the band is offering as a download, I'm most taken with "Don't Stop," which is a dead ringer for UB40's 1980s style.
Try 'em out below, or submit your e-mail address for instructions on how to download.
Here's a press release about the giveaway and the new album.
Hit Title Track and Three Exclusive Tunes Available Now for Free Download at slightlystoopid.com
Los Angeles, CA (August 2, 2012) – With their highly anticipated new album Top of the World set for release on August 14,
A radio version of "Top of the World"—which adds a remixed hip-hop beat and turntables to the album track's existing hypnotic guitar line and undeniable vocal hooks—was recently serviced to stations nationwide, and has been quickly added to the playlists of tastemakers including KROQ/Los Angeles, 91X/San Diego and SF's Live 105. Slightly Stoopid's previous smash radio hit, "2 AM," from their 2007 album Chronchitis, was the #1 "most played" track on more than 20 stations nationwide and "Top of the World" appears to be launching on that same trajectory.
Top of the World, their seventh studio album, is the latest chapter in the ongoing Slightly Stoopid story, and will be released on the band’s own label, Stoopid Records. For this release, the seven-piece band gathered an all-star crew to join on the record, including: reggae legends Barrington Levy and Don Carlos of
The band's previous releases include their successful debut and follow-up (Slightly Stoopid and The Longest Barrel Ride). The group launched Stoopid Records with 2001's Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct. They then went on to release Everything You Need (selling more than 250,000 copies); Closer To The Sun, Winter Tour '05-'06; their first-ever DVD, Live in San Diego; Chronchitis (which debuted in the Billboard 100 and hit #2 on the indie charts); and Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid (a compilation of B-sides and new material).
Since forming in 1995, Slightly Stoopid has toured virtually non-stop, and this summer is no different. Slightly Stoopid recently joined forces with
8/2 Holmdel, NJ -
8/8 Columbus, OH - Lifestyles Community Amphitheatre
8/9 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
8/12 Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion
8/14 Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park
8/15 Detroit, MI -
8/17 Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
8/19 Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/22 Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
8/24 Irvine, CA -
8/25 San Diego, CA - Cricket Amphitheatre
8/28 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
8/29 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara County Bowl
8/31 San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
9/1 Las Vegas, NV - The Beach at Mandalay Bay
9/2 Reno, NV - Lawler Events Center
9/5 Seattle, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre
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