Dub-tinged American band Stick Figure released their seventh studio album Wisdom on September 9. Wisdom was written, produced, and recorded by vocalist Scott Woodruff, with help from drummer Kevin Offitzer, bassist Tommy Suliman, guitarist Johnny Cosmic, percussionist Will Phillips, and KBong (real name Kevin Bong) who also has a successful solo career.
The album was recorded at Great Stone Studios in Oakland, California—former home of Green Day—featuring guests Slightly Stoopid, Barrington Levy, and Collie Buddz. The album was led by singles like “Paradise” and “Way of Life.” Ye and DJ Khaled were spotted on TikTok getting down to “Here Comes the Sound” off the new album, as Khaled appeared to egg on Ye as he started bobbing to the upbeat.
There’s no denying the band’s imminent rise heightened by sold-out tours. In fact, Stick Figure averages over 4,200 tickets sold per show on almost every tour. The album topped the iTunes Reggae Albums chart, andJamaica Observer and Jamaica Gleaner report that Wisdom debuted on the spot atop the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart—the title normally occupied by Bob Marley’s collection Legend, or at least for the previous 140 weeks.
Stick Figure dabbled in cannabis flower in 2016, releasing Stick Figure Sour (001 Sour Diesel x Tangie)—based on one of Woodruff’s favorite strains—which debuted at The Emerald Cup, involving a partnership with Humboldt’s Finest.
Last February, Stick Figure performed to an energetic crowd at Cali Vibes, complete with pyrotechnics, and at Cali Roots. The connection with the crowd is one of the band’s key strengths. Stick Figure’s other star—a rescued Australian Shepherd named Cocoa—even has her own 501(c)3 charity and following on social media.
Woodruff discussed the new album with High Times, and finding peace and solace in the craziness of the world.
Author: Benjamin M. Adams / High Times