Stoopi's origins date back as far as 1995, when Kris Perrin (drums) Ben Deeks (guitars) and Andy Taylor (guitars) started out to form an original, uncompromising metal act in Southend-on-sea, Essex. Known as various names and line-ups in the early days the band opted for the name "Fugdifino"?! around 1997. Their first ever show was at the Thurrock music festival in August that year, with a line up that consisted of two guitars, bass, drums and DJ. Yes that’s right folks a DJ! At the tail end of...
Stoopi's origins date back as far as 1995, when Kris Perrin (drums) Ben Deeks (guitars) and Andy Taylor (guitars) started out to form an original, uncompromising metal act in Southend-on-sea, Essex. Known as various names and line-ups in the early days the band opted for the name "Fugdifino"?! around 1997. Their first ever show was at the Thurrock music festival in August that year, with a line up that consisted of two guitars, bass, drums and DJ. Yes that’s right folks a DJ!
At the tail end of 1997 the band supported another Southend crew Cynical Smile at a local venue, now furnished with two vocalists and a positive lack of DJ. This led to a chance meeting with Sean from Org records who subsequently signed the band the following week. It was at this point the band had to change its name due to the fact that Fugdifino was not particularly ‘radio friendly’. The guitarist Andy Taylor was skimming through a dictionary when he came across the word ‘Stupid’. After wiping the page clean (think about it…) he pissed about with the word and for some (unknown to this day) reason, decided STOOPI would be a great name…
With a Studio session pending and a residency at the Camden Barfly it became obvious to the band that new material was needed and more importantly new vocals. In April 1998 The Reverend Greg Chown took up the post as Stoopi front man, with the unenviable task of writing and finalising the lyrics to five songs in less than two weeks.
He got completely pissed and consequently the tracks were recorded and released on a split EP with London’s Latch via Org records. The title (chosen by Mr.Org) was ‘Latch meets Stoopi - a game of two halves’. The EP was well received by both the media and metal/hardcore communities. This led to the track ‘Drawn’ receiving a lot of airplay on the Radio 1 Rock show with Mary Ann Hobbs where the band were “Absolutely lauded” on the show by listeners. Consequently, more tracks received airplay and the band featured on a regular basis. Following this, Stoopi were offered shows up and down the country, giving them the live experience and opportunity they deserved (much to their enjoyment).
About the same time the band took a good look at the whole picture (again) and decisions had to be made to ensure everything was working to its full potential. Differences musically and personally amongst members became apparent and a second major line up change occurred over the following months. A second vocalist - Andy Hutton - was recruited to give the band a different slant (though harking back slightly to their original line-up)
Long term bass player Daren Macaninch was replaced by Guppy, and guitarist Andy Taylor departed company with the band and was later replaced with guitarist Davin Crowley. Although the decisions were hard the band finally had a line-up which was unstoppable.
Seeing the need to push for bigger things, the band decided to move on. After several offers from record labels, negotiations with Loudspeaker records took place. A newly created label, and part of the Plastic Head Distribution company (Less than Jake, Offspring, etc.)
The band recorded their album ‘Unspoken Word’ at DEP International studios, Birmingham in July/August 2001. The album was produced by Dan Sprigg, (Lostprophets, Cradle of Filth, Napalm Death, UB40, etc.) and finally gave the band the outlet that they had been looking for. The release of the album in March 2002 on Loudspeaker prompted, once again, huge interest from all sides of the industry, media and the consumer market. On the back of ‘Unspoken Word’, the track ‘Six Minutes’ was chosen to be filmed for a video in January 2002 to be screened on KerrangTV, MTV2, etc. later in the year.
Stoopi formed as a band in 1997, four years on and various line-up changes later the band has built up a healthy buzz in and around the metal/hardcore underground. A chance meeting with Sean Worral of the independent label Org records gave the band the chance to release an album. The first track the band released was featured on Organ Radio 6 compilation; the track featured was 'With the rest'. This instantly became the 'foot in the door' for the band both praised by the press and the metal community alike.
The next step was to release an album. Recorded in a demo studio with a budget of £500, the band laid down six tracks in five days. The tracks were combined with five tracks from London based band Latch and were released early 2000, titled 'Stoopi meets Latch: A Game of Two Halves'. This again sparked off huge interest within the media. The track drawn was played and requested numerous times on the Radio 1 Rock Show. In the words of Mary-Ann Hobbs, the resident DJ, "Stoopi are a band that were absolutely lauded on this show". This of course led to the Stoopi name becoming ever popular among the metal/hardcore underground. They started to play higher profile shows around the UK, to much critical acclaim. Playing with the likes of Earthtone9 and Raging Speedhorn.
After several offers from record labels, Stoopi parted ways from Org Records and signed with Loudspeaker Records, a subsidiary of Plastic Head Distribution. The band is due to record an album in their own right at the end of July 2001, at Dep International Studios in Birmingham. The release date soon to be confirmed as September 24th. To kick off the bands signing and the birth of Loudspeaker Records the band headlined a label launch gig at the King's Head in Fulham, the band's first show with a new line-up. The show was broadcast live on Total Rock Radio to a listenership of 1.5 million and also included a live on air interview with Tommy Vance, who congratulated the band on a "different, totally unique sound that couldn't be mistaken anywhere else". Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.