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West Coast Reggae Comes to Terminal 5

November 20th, 2009

Slightly Stoopid/the Aggrolites – Terminal 5 – November 19, 2009

The Aggrolites - Terminal 5 - November 19, 2009

The Aggrolites

Last night, Terminal 5 hosted a two-band reggae-tastic lineup of Slightly Stoopid and the Aggrolites. While both bands hail from Southern California, they couldn’t be more different while still exhibiting great modern talent within such a niche and dated genre.

Los Angeles’ the Aggrolites play what they call “dirty reggae”—a sort of darker, organ-lead, punk-influenced version that fits perfectly into the Hellcat Records catalog. Although he commented that the show was the largest yet on their tour, frontman Jesse Wagner had no problem working the stage and getting the young crowd to interact with the band. Over the course of their hour-long set, the black-clad quintet played a selection of songs from all of their releases, including a standout track from their 2006 self-titled album, “Countryman’s Fiddle,” which tells of a love for the soul of reggae, and a cover of the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down.”

Slightly Stoopid’s take on the genre is much more loose and chill, though their older material actually plays more as reggae-infused punk rock. The San Diego-area-based band doesn’t do much to mask their influences—fellow SoCal band Sublime is an easy comparison—but that is perhaps their strongest selling point. Many of the band’s songs reference one of their favorite pastimes, getting high, and again they exhibit no shame there, to the point of introducing “Above the Clouds” as a song about just that. Their 90-minute set had the sea of fans moshing, crowd-surfing and at some points even trying to light up. —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel