- Jared “Dirty J” Watson – co-lead vocals (1996–present)
- Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell – co-lead vocals, guitar (1996–present)
- David Foral – bass (2003–present)
- Matt Ochoa – drums (2003–present)
- Jon Olazabal – percussion (2003–present)
- Shawn Hagood – keyboard (2003–present)
Dirty Heads is a band from Huntington Beach, California, with a melodic style that includes hip hop and ska punk (up tempo reggae which originated in Jamaica). Their debut album, Any Port in a Storm, was released on September 23, 2008, by Executive Music Group (Fontana/Universal). Their newest album, Sound of Change, was released July 8, 2014. They have been associated with music groups such as Sublime with Rome, 311, and Pepper and have toured with groups such as Cobra Starship, AER, Gym Class Heroes, and more.
The band was founded in 1996 by Jared “Dirty J” Watson and vocalist/guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell in Orange County, CA, where there was reggae/ska influence.
In an interview of Jared “Dirty J” Watson, Nick Williams of The International Newsweekly of Music, Video and Home Entertainment asked “The Dirty Heads’ sunny reggae-rock vibe recalls Sublime. Do you consider the band an Influence?” to which Watson replied
“I definitely do. We grew up listening to it. We came from the [Los Angeles metro] area and knew a lot of the same people, but we’re obviously much younger. We met [Sublime’s] Eric [Wilson) and Brad [Nowell] a long time ago. Lewis Richards has produced our stuff-it’s almost the same camp. But we are thinking forward-we’re not trying to sound like a ’90s band. We’re still progressive in our music, even though we do have a vintage sound sometimes. The Black Keys inspire us-to have warm sounds that have a lot of soul in it, but still be new and relevant.”
Dont forget to check out Bleeker as well..
BLEEKER– Taylor Perkins (Vocals), Cole Perkins (Guitar) Dan Steinke (Guitar) and Mike Van Dyk (Bass) are steadily building a rock solid name for themselves in their native Canada. But despite an altered band name and a slightly revamped lineup, BLEEKER’S aesthetic and work ethic remain as sturdy and as unshakable as ever. Musically, Bleeker cross-pollinate the swagger of The Rolling Stones with psych-tinged groove, and therefore they fall among Royal Blood, The Black Keys, and Jet in the alt rock spectrum. But what sets them apart is an ever-so-subtle current of loose cannon danger that courses through every riff, note, and melody of their latest album Erase You.