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The Dirty Heads


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Huntington Beach, Los Angeles CA, United States (1996 – present)

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, California, 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.

Early on, they spent many late nights jamming in Bushnell’s soundproof garage with a four-track recorder, writing unique acoustic hip-hop songs that featured reggae inflections. Inspired by the rock and reggae sounds of Bob Marley, Sublime, 311 and The Beastie Boys, the band’s music evolved into their distinct Dirty Heads style.

To complete the Dirty Heads’ sound, the duo added percussionist Jon Olazabal and drummer Matt Ochoa, both talented, experienced musicians. With a set of solid material, the Dirty Heads were further motivated to take their craft to the next level, and they began building a loyal fan base throughout the west coast, while performing acoustically at local bars and small music venues. As they started playing in neighboring Los Angeles, the band found it necessary to charter party buses so their fans could make the 30-mile trek to their shows.


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  • gabif_

    Não é o tipo de som que eu costumo curtir, mas ó, os caras tão de parabéns. É muito relaxante. This is so relaxing! Really good job, guys. Endless luck for band! <3

    29 Mar 3:16pm Reply
  • mydiscobox

    Phantoms Of Summer is just AMAZING <3

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • polkadotpolak

    Met these guys recently while working on a concert. They're pretty cool. Great live show.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Gapkilla

    Surf's Up! ``~`

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    Jewish artist, reggae star and Dirty Heads collaborator, Matisyahu, tells us the incredible story behind his signature song, "King Without a Crown," which took him from a studio in Philadelphia to a Yeshiva in the Catskills:

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ajstockman

    Hipster: I can connect those lyrics on multiple levels, it's phenomenal - like a group of people talking and taking, the others sharing their love of each other and our creator.

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • romulloalves

    No Brasil em novembro. \o/

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • shutupbraydon

    Cabin By The Sea was on repeat all weekend. Best summer music.

    9 Jul 2012 Reply
  • PedroDaVePacas

    Cabin by the sea is a perfect summer BBQ album.

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • thebigkahuna805

    holy shit this album is good

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • GoodVibeStyla

    very nice band ;)

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Cernobog

    Finally! this is so awesome

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • whitelion420

    Love the new album, Glad to support one of my favorite bands out right now! BUY IT!

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • shmoobuster311

    Streaming on Spotify as we speak! Anyone got a leaked version to download?!? I'll pick it up next week but dont want to wait a week!!

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • PedroDaVePacas

    No kidding about time. Ive been waiting 3 years!

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • TerrancePryor

    They're gonna blow up with this new record. Nothing but good jams.

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • SnowmanU360

    About time there boys. Can't wait for the new album!

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MateusMelloxD

    não gosto muito desse estilo de música, mas esses caras fazem um som muito bom u.u lembra o sublime das antigas XD

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • CaughtIACutshow

    These guys are one of my favorites of all time simply because every single song is just so solid. Given, there's only one album so far but its really long and they do play a lot of other stuff live. I can't believe they're not more popular, especially the rap-esque songs (Sails to the Wind/Hiphop Misfits) they seem to get no love even though they're amazing. Out of all the Socal sublime-esque bands, these guys do it the best.

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • sh4n3

    One of the best live bands see them if you haven't already. [3]

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
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