The Dirty Heads Biography
Emerging onto the Southern California music scene with a sound as original
as the band members themselves, The Dirty Heads' blend of Hip-Hop, Alternative-Rock
and vintage 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, California USA, founding band members lead singer 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.
While recording their first album, the two have collaborated with notable
musicians such as Billy Preston, A
Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese and veteran session percussionist
Alex Acuña, whose A-list musician resume includes Peter Gabriel
and Jackson Browne, to name only
a few. To complete The Dirty Heads' sound, Watson and Bushnell added bassist
David Foral, percussionist Jon Olazabal and drummer Matt Ochoa.
The band's highly-anticipated first full-length album, "Any Port In A Storm" was released on Executive Music Group, through Fontana, in September 2008. This debut features 14 tracks that are reminiscent of the upbeat, sun-soaked Southern California party energy; the first single was the optimistic "Stand Tall" which went to #23 on The Hot Modern Rock chart.
EMG released an expanded, special edition of "Any Port In A Storm" in February 2010; the 23-track set reached #55 on The Billboard 200 Albums chart and the utterly infectious single "Lay Me Down", featuring Rome Ramirez of Sublime With Rome, rode the #1 spot on The Hot Modern Rock chart for eleven weeks.
The Dirty Heads' long-awaited second album, "Cabin By The Sea", was globally released on Five Seven Music in June 2012. It peaked at #18 on The Billboard 200 while the first single, "Spread Too Thin", crested at #13 on The Alternative Songs chart and also reached #22 on the Billboard's Rock Songs listing. The follow-up single, "Dance All Night", recorded in collaboration with Matisyahu, made it to the top 30 of The Hot Modern Rock chart.