The Dirty Heads

Sept. 30th: Dirty Heads

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What:  Dirty Heads

When: Sunday,  September 30th, Doors 7pm/Show 8pm

All Ages

Tickets: $35, on sale Friday, July 20th

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The Mateel and Ineffable Live present reggae, hip-hop, rock band Dirty Heads. Tickets are $35 and on sale now at mateel.org and at regional outlets: Mendo Trim Tools in Laytonville, Main Street Music in Willits, People’s Records in Arcata,  Redway Liquor in Redway, The Works in Eureka, Ukiah Natural Foods in Ukiah, Blue Moon Gift Shop in Garberville  and SHC in Garberville.

Dirty Heads released a new video August 16th, premiering “Visions” in Billboard  with the comments “the infectious track was originally intended for the band’s 2017 album Swim Team before catching the attention of Adam Levine, who recorded his own version of the song for Maroon 5’s album Red Pill Blues. A year later, Dirty Heads is releasing their original take as a new official single with their own reggae spin and breezy sound”. The video was filmed in Chile and was  directed by Esteban Lucas.

After two decades spent chiseling their unique, multi-genre infused sound, Dirty Heads have finally come into their own. Since the release of their 2008 debut Any Port in a Storm, the five-piece band — Jared Watson (vocals), Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell (vocals/guitar), Jon Olazabal (percussion), Matt Ochoa (drums) and David Foral (bass) — has consistently experimented with their sunny style, leaning heavily on reggae fused with hip-hop cornerstones and scaling back for more acoustic fare, darting between extremes.

 But it’s with their fifth and self-titled album that the group has felt fully confident in a body of work, ready to bring their unique style to the masses. “It’s the most core Dirty Heads album we’ve done,” explains Watson, who formed the collective with Bushnell in 1996. “One of the most important things about this album is the reason we self-titled it. This album has all of the elements that we’ve tried to play around with. We had to go through those other albums to really find out exactly who we are, where it was natural. Now, I just think our sound is better and more confident.”

Recorded in Los Angeles over a period of four months, Dirty Heads marks a stylistic heel-turn for the Huntington Beach, Calif. natives, who enlisted a diverse team of hit-makers including: Da Internz (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj), Drew Pearson (Katy Perry, Zac Brown Band), David Kahne (Lana Del Rey, The Strokes), Jimmy Harry (Madonna, Diplo), Jonas Jeberg (Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony), and a handful of others. The record spans lively tracks like reggae-bounced “Oxygen” to the instantly catchy sing-along “Too Cruel” and horn-blasted lead single “That’s All I Need,” the latter of which captures the nostalgia of carefree adolescence.

Produced by Justin Gray (Mariah Carey, Joss Stone), ‘That’s All I Need’ “just has a good feel to it, kind of hanging out with your friends in the neighborhood on a Sunday in the summer back when you were growing up,” says Duddy. “Everyone’s got that good memory, so that’s where we started aiming for. Let’s make this feel-good summer song that people can put on in the backyard with their friends and family.”

Dirty Heads comes in the wake of their most successful release to date, 2014’s Sound of Change, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums chart. This album is marked differently than its predecessors — 2008’s Any Port in a Storm, 2012’s Cabin by the Sea and 2013’s acoustic offering Home — Phantoms of Summer, the former of which spawned the smash single “Lay Me Down” featuring Rome of Sublime with Rome that topped the Alternative Songs chart for 11 weeks.

Opening act, Just Loud recently released a funky new song “Soul Train” that features a very special guest – Debbie Harry. In the new video, Just Loud and Debbie engage in a high speed chase brought to life through ‘70s-inspired animation with a modern edge. “Soul Train”’s glittery rhythm line, palm-muted guitar and irresistible chorus are the first taste of Just Loud’s newly announced self-titled debut album out November 16th via Five Seven Music. “Soul Train”  follows Just Loud’s debut EP, Episode I, which launched earlier this year and has set him up to be an intriguing artist to watch in 2018.