Executive Music Group (EMG) has announced they will release an expanded, digital special edition of The Dirty Heads debut album “Any Port in a Storm,” through Fontana, a division of Universal Music Group on February 16. The 22-track set features the hit single “Lay Me Down,” featuring Rome of Sublime with Rome, as well as a bonus video for “Stand Tall.” “Lay Me Down” is currently one of the most added and requested songs at dozens of radio stations across the country including influential Los Angeles rock station KROQ. The band will support the release with a run of select concert dates this spring, followed by a full scale U.S. summer concert tour. A complete list of tour dates will be announced shortly.
Executive produced by the Grammy Award-winning Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock, Paramore), produced by Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray), Steve Fox, and mixed by engineer Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys), band members Jared Watson (vox), Dustin Bushnell (guitars/vox), Jon Olazabal (percussion), Matt Ochoa (drums) and David Foral (bass) put in long hours polishing the material on “Any Port in a Storm” while developing their style to perfect a signature blend of acoustic infused hip-hop and classic reggae; creating the ideal soundtrack to an upbeat, sun-soaked Southern California. Rooted in the Orange County community of Huntington Beach, the Dirty Heads emerged onto the Southern California music scene with a unique sound inspired by the rock and reggae sounds of Bob Marley, Sublime, 311 and The Beastie Boys.
“Any Port in a Storm” features some of the final recordings of the late music industry icon Billy Preston. Frequently referred to as “The Fifth Beatle,” Preston played on three tracks, including “Stand Tall,” “Chelsea,” and “Driftin’.” Additional special guests on the album include drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, NIN, The Vandals) and veteran session percussionist Alex Acuna, whose A-list resume includes such diverse work as Elvis Presley and Weather Report to Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel and Beck.
The band’s music has been attracting attention throughout the world of entertainment. They have been featured on Fuel TV and their songs have been included in the movie and soundtrack for “Surf’s Up” (Sony), the television drama “Shark” starring James Woods (CBS) and actor Matthew McConaughey selected the band’s music to be in his film, “Surfer Dude.” The Dirty Heads music can also be heard in Tony Hawk’s “Downhill Jam” video game (Activision), in-flight radio’s “The Hit Factory” channel on all major airlines, as well as several other music compilations and surf/skate videos. Recently, the band has been featured in campaigns for Etnies Jeans, Vestal Watches, Hurley, Skullcandy and more.
The Dirty Heads confirmed tour dates:
DATE VENUE CITY/STATE
February 20 Long Beach Arena Long Beach, CA
February 26 The Clubhouse Tempe, AZ
March 5 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
March 8 Slim’s San Francisco, CA
March 9 Voodoo Lounge San Jose, CA
March 10 Brixton Redondo Beach, CA
March 11 The Hut Tucson, AZ
March 13 Playa Bonita Resort Puerto Penasco, Sonora
March 31 Neurolux Boise, ID
April 1 Star Bar Park City, UT
April 2 Huka Bar Salt Lake City, UT
April 3 Gondola Plaza Steamboat Springs, CO
April 4 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, CO
April 5 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
April 6 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
* additional dates TBA
Visit the band online at: www.dirtyheads.com and www.myspace.com/dirtyheads
View the video for “Lay Me Down” on YouTube: