Slightly Stoopid not that dumb

Though the days of the great reggae-rock band Sublime are long gone, you won’t have to travel to Long Beach to hear the smooth surf-punk sounds of Southern California this weekend.

Slightly Stoopid, a band that was “discovered” by the legendary Bradley Nowell of Sublime, hail from San Diego. The band formed in 1995 when the band members were still in high school.

Their newest album, Everything You Need, hit stores March 18. The release was followed by their first ever East Coast tour, which brings them to Tampa on Friday.

Fans consider Slightly Stoopid to be an icon of surf culture. Its music is featured in numerous “culture” videos, which are videos that relate to the way of life associated with action sports such as surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.

The various styles that the band produces will appeal to anyone who appreciates funky sounds inspired by the surf culture. It is a welcome change from the mainstream rock that plays on today’s commercial radio stations.

The band’s music is strongly influenced by reggae, but is mixed with the sounds of punk rock and rap. Though Stoopid’s music is often compared to the sounds of Sublime and The Long Beach Dub All-Stars, the beats, rhymes and rhythms are different than that of its predecessors.

Stoopid creates a sound that portrays the good feelings of a laid-back beachfront lifestyle. Songs are about surfing, women and enjoying time spent on Earth.

Everything You Need is the band’s fourth full-length release. The tracks are of mixed interests, including a punk-rock remix of Wyclef Jean’s “Perfect Gentleman” and a reggae version of John Denver’s oft-covered “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” “Mellow Mood,” featuring G-Love, is a catchy acoustic song played over a soft beat that could make nearly any woman’s heart melt.

“Everything You Need” involves guitars and the scratching of records to create a distinct sound.

Slightly Stoopid will play at the Orpheum in Ybor City on Friday at 9 p.m., with other reggae-inspired bands State Radio and Pepper. Tickets are $10 and are available through Ticketmaster or at the door.

Contact Whitney Meersat oracletunes@yahoo.com

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