Slightly Stoopid is one of the best live shows in the business and they are currently on tour. They will be making a stop in the Greater Cincinnati area Wednesday, March 13 2013, or as I like to call it, tomorrow, at the Madison Theater in Covington. I had a chance to chat with drummer Ryan Moran, or RyMo as he is informally known.
I asked Ryan if he was excited to be hitting the road again. He said it was nice being home for while but he's "excited to be going back out and making music with my friends." I wondered how the band felt about how their last album went over. It debuted on the Billboard charts at number 13. He said the band was incredibly excited about it. "We put our heart's and soul in to it and the fact that people were that excited about it meant a lot to us."
We talked about all of the musical influences in the band and he made the point that since they kept ownership of their music, they had the freedom to do a lot of different things. He added, "We can express ourselves the way we want and still keep creative control of our music. We try to make music that we enjoy playing live and it's been really beneficial for us." We embrace a wide variety of influences. We listen to punk, funk, reggae, rock, a little of everything and bring it all to the table.
Slightly Stoopid's live show is legendary and I wondered how hard it was to bring that kind of intensity to the stage night after night. Ryan talked about the fact that all their friends enjoy hanging out, as well as playing music together. We'll kick back and relax and have a drink but our focus remains, create a solid performance.
Asked about his early life in music, Ryan said before he became interested in drums his mom made him start on piano. He later became taken with pop radio and MTV and that set the stage for a move to drums. He was about 10 or 11 when he really started listening to drums, mentioning that his real early influences were John Bonham and Stewart Copeland. We joked about drummers arguing about who was best between Stewart Copeland and Neil Peart.
I thanked Ryan for his time and wished him luck on the tour. Tickets are still available for the show tomorrow at the Madison Theater in Covington. Tickets are available at the Madison Theater website for $22.50. The doors open at 7 p.m..