The path Slightly Stoopid has taken in its musical career has been about as far as the “one-genre” style so many other acts tend to choose — or many times, have chosen for them.
The San Diego-based group started out in the 1990s with a sound that was equal parts punk and ska. As time went on, the sound began to add more and more reggae, and lately, some hip-hop finds its way into the music.
“It’s sort of progressed in its own way,” said drummer Ryan “RyMo” Moran. “We’re all human beings here on our own path, and the music’s going to reflect that.”
Indeed anyone who listens to the early music from Slightly Stoopid might not entirely recognize the sound on their latest LPs, such as 2007′s Chronchitis, which has an extremely laid-back style. Moran said the natural progression is due to the band’s fortune of being independent from major labels throughout their career.
The good news is that Slightly Stoopid — who’ll appear Saturday at the Sunset Cove Amphitheatre west of Boca Raton on the “Legalize It Tour” with Cypress Hill and Collie Buddz — brings it all together for their live shows.
“The live show offers a whole perspective of what we’re about,” Moran said. “We go from our rock and punk-rock stuff to our later stuff that can be bluesier, jammier. The live show has a still pretty wide spectrum of styles.”
Moran said part of the fun of this tour is working with Cypress Hill, veterans of 20 years in the music business.
“They’re great guys, and we’ve been fans of theirs for years,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun, and after shows, we’ll have barbecues and good after-parties.”
There’s a very good chance Slightly Stoopid fans will hear a little more hip-hop if Cypress Hill rubs off on them. But you probably won’t hear much unreleased material quite yet.
“Every now and then we throw in a couple of twists and turns,” Moran said, “but the new material’s under wraps for now.”