Carrying California vibe

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Before his death in 1996, Bradley Nowell of Sublime discovered two teenage musicians and saw promise. Miles Doughty and his best friend since childhood, Kyle McDonald, had just graduated from high school and their band, Slightly Stoopid, had been a pet project since they were 16 years old.

Nowell signed them to his own Skunk Records.

Since then, Slightly Stoopid has toured year-round and aligned itself with the surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, Southern California set.

"We grew up surfing," McDonald said. "You can hear it in our music. The vibe we throw is good summer fun."

McDonald and Doughty grew up together in Ocean Beach, Calif.

"We grew up on Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses and classic rock like Cat Stevens and Neil Young," McDonald said. "We just started getting our jam on from that, and the rest is history."

Slightly Stoopid recently released its first studio-produced album, "Everything You Need" as a primer of everything they can do. One track they are scratching and rapping. The next track they are playing a soft acoustic ballad and the next screaming punk style into the microphone.

"Everything You Need" was released on Surfdog Records and already has sold 45,000 copies, McDonald said.

Throughout the band's life, they've tried to stick to a do-it-yourself philosophy.

"We've tried to stay pretty much self contained," McDonald said. "Everything is financed by us. It's a better way to make music, because you have 100 percent creative control."

Most of their fan base grew from word of mouth and the Internet, he said.

"We've been together 10 years, and we've been touring for six, and all that time we've been building a grass-roots following.

"It's the funnest job you can have in the world and Stoopidheads are just nuts. This isn't a temporary thing for us. This is what we want to do our whole lives. I want to play music."

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