"Top of the World" is certainly an apt name for Slightly Stoopid's latest album.
The 2012 release netted the San Diego ska-punk band its best chart positions yet, hitting 13 on the Billboard 200 as well as No. 3 on the Independent Albums chart and No. 4 on both the Rock and Alternative albums surveys. And, not surprisingly, the brassy octet is buoyed by the showing.
"Yeah, we were really happy -- and a little surprised," says drummer Ryan "RyMo" Moran. "We put our heart and soul into it, and we did everything sort of in-house, in our own studio. We basically took our time to get the whole thing done right, packaged and done so we'd be happy with the final product.
"And it looks like the fans appreciated it as well, so that's always a plus."
The ability to take that time -- an uncharacteristic three years between albums for the band -- was a key factor this time, according to the drummer.
"We just wanted to make some music that was natural, not forced," explains Moran, 44. "The last couple of records we put out we went into a studio, paying $1,000 a day, so there was kind of a crunch thinking in terms of budget and stuff like that and working in this compressed sort of time frame.
"But for ('Top of the World') we had our own time and (studio) space. We could jsut let stuff evolve a little more naturally, and we used a pretty wide variety of recording methods. We didn't have to force anything and take a little extra time, so that made it different from our past processes -- in a good way."
Slightly Stoopid and Tribal Seeds perform Sunday, March 10, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $22.50. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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