Spend some time with the guys from Slightly Stoopid, and you're bound to walk away with a fascination for the band's business model and a new cologne -- of the skunk variety.
For almost 15 years the members of Slightly Stoopid have made music together, and somehow they've perfected one of the most valuable skills a band can achieve -- the ability to hypnotize an audience and hold it there from start to finish with a stealth groove, emanating from a deep trench of introspective vocal harmonies, tight syncopated percussion, layers of dubby bass, and bowing guitar licks.
The band is the perfect underground success story: They spend close to 200 days a year touring, their album sales (on their own label) have topped 900,000, and their shows regularly sell out at some of the world's most prestigious concert venues. Back in 1995, in Ocean Beach, California, childhood buddies Miles Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and Kyle McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals) formed Slightly Stoopid, combining their favorite rock, reggae, and punk sounds.
"Mötley Crüe was my favorite band, and when I saw them I realized what I wanted to do," says McDonald. "I was like 9 years old."
Slightly Stoopid is scheduled to perform Thursday, July 11, at Mesa Amphitheatre.