Band In Review: Dirty Heads
Every now and then, we get information regarding various music acts in this great nation of ours. And seeing as our jobs are to disseminate information to you fine folks, we sometimes spread that information along if we feel that it’s valuable. And something like this, is.
Today, we introduce to you the Dirty Heads, a reggae-esque rock band from out here in Southern California. Give them a listen if you’re so inclined by visiting their website.
Emerging onto the Southern California music scene with a sound as original as the band members themselves, the Dirty Heads’ blend of hip-hop and classic reggae rips through the sonic surf with bold beats, fun rhythms and the relaxed vibe of feel-good lyrics.
Rooted in the Orange County community of Huntington Beach, founding band members Jared Watson and guitarist / vocalist Dustin Bushnell met in 1996 while in high school, embarking on a friendship based on music, as well as their shared passion for surfing, skating and the endless party of the laid-back SoCal lifestyle.
The band’s highly-anticipated first full-length album is entitled, Any Port in the Storm (Released on EMG through Fontana, a division of Universal Music Group Distribution – September 2008). This debut features 14 tracks that are reminiscent of the upbeat, sun-soaked Southern California party energy. The first single is the optimistic, “Stand Tall.”
Any Port in the Storm also features one of the final recordings of the late music industry icon Billy Preston. Frequently referred to as “The Fifth Beatle,” Preston played on three tracks, including “Stand Tall,” “Chelsea,” and “Driftin.’ ” Other special guests on the album are drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Sting, The Vandals), and veteran session percussionist Alex Acuna, whose A-list musician resume includes Peter Gabriel, Johnny Clegg, and Jackson Browne, to name only a few.
Their latest single, “Lay Me Down”, features the new lead singer of Sublime, Rome, and is one of the most played songs on LA’s famous KROQ. “Lay Me Down” is included in the upcoming Special Edition release of Any Port In The Storm available digitally on February 16th. For more on the band, check out their website: www.dirtyheads.com
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.