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Band of the Week: Dirty Heads 

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MEET THE BAND: Matt Ochoa (drums), Dave Foral (bass), John Olazabal (percussion), Jared "Dirty J" Watson (vocals), Dustin "Duddy B" Bushnell (vocals, guitar)

A LOT OF EVERYTHING: The band formed about 17 years ago in Huntington Beach, a coastal Southern California city known for its terrific surf and superb beaches. "When we started playing music together, it was a GarageBand type of thing with just the three of us," says Bushnell. "We had an acoustic guitar and a percussion player and that was it. We've seen the Huntington Beach scene grow as our band has grown." In the early days, Bushnell cites Sublime as an influence but says the band listens to "a lot of everything." "There's a lot of classic rock in there," he says. "There's Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. We also like Beastie Boys. That whole mix of music formed us."

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: The band recently hosted a beach cleanup on Earth Day with OC Coastkeeper. Because of the band's participation, the cleanup was the biggest one of its kind. More than 1,300 volunteers collected 600 pounds of trash off the shoreline. For the current tour, the band will partner with the organization Plus 1, and $1 of every ticket sale will benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). "We had some time off and we didn't just want to sit at home," says Bushnell. "We thought it would be cool to get together with a charity and do a beach cleanup. We thought it would be a good thing for the community."

WHY YOU SHOULD HEAR THEM: Bushnell says the band didn't have a "game plan" for its latest album, Swim Team. "We wanted to go into the studio and have fun and see what happened," he says. "We got together with different writers and producers. We had just recently put out a new album. We just wanted to write some music and see where it goes. It was natural and fun. We had a great time." The undulating album opener "Staloney" features tongue-twisting raps and snappy percussion as Watson and Bushnell alternate vocals, and "High Tea," a tune that features a cameo from singer-guitarist Jordan Miller, includes complex sonic textures. The band's reggae influences come to the fore in the infectious "Vacation."


WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM: Dirty Heads perform with Iration, the Movement and Pacific Dub at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

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