By Jano Tantongco
Dirty Heads is set to introduce the Huntington village crowd at The Paramount to the mellow vibes of Huntington Beach, California at the Paramount on Oct. 26.
The reggae band’s drummer, Matt Ochoa, described Dirty Heads’ fifth, and most-recent album, as the culmination of the band’s true sound. He said, with the self-titled album, the band “took it back to the roots of the Dirty Heads sound.”
He continued, “This is the Dirty Heads sound. It’s the reason why we self-titled it, too.”
“Dirty Heads” was released this past July. The track “Oxygen” is set to soon release as a radio single, alongside an accompanying music video.
The album bounces from the light-hearted, West Coast sound the band’s known for, while
occasionally peppering in darker, heavy hip-hop elements, as well as pop influences as the band enters into the mainstream.
Ochoa said Dirty Heads’ preceding 2014 album, aptly named “Sound of Change” saw the band step “outside the box.”
“Finding our voice for this record, I think it means just bringing it back to the original sound,” Ochoa said. “It just felt right. We didn’t really have to think hard about this. It just feels like this is the sound that we’ve been trying to create.”
He added that the band’s influences range from old-school reggae artists like Horace Andy, to more modern alternative artists like The Black Keys and Incubus.
Ochoa described Dirty Heads’ shows as “fun and high-energy.”
“If you’re going to a Dirty Heads show for the first time, you’re going to notice that all the fans, they’re all the nicest people,” he said. “Everyone’s just there to have a good time, and so are we. We pride ourselves on delivering a high-energetic performance.”
Ochoa and his bandmates, Jared Watson on vocals, Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell dishing out vocals and playing guitar, Jon Olazabal on percussion and David Foral rocking the bass, are set to take the stage at The Paramount at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the show, which is presented by radio station 94.3 The Shark, range from $30-$100.
Opening for Dirty Heads will be New Beat Fund and RDGLDGRN. For tickets, visit the box office, or Paramountny.com.