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Devoted to Dirty Heads: The reggae band’s following continues to grow

Huntington Beach, Calif.-based reggae band Dirty Heads is gearing up to work on its next album.

Huntington Beach, Calif.-based reggae band Dirty Heads is gearing up to work on its next album.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jared Watson has been on tour for a month and the time on the road has been going well.

“We’re halfway through and can’t wait to get home to work on the next album,” he says during a recent interview from California. “We’ve started to discuss which direction the album will head.”

Watson is a member of the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based reggae band Dirty Heads.

Since the band’s inception, it has toured almost nonstop, building a devoted audience. It has also released four studio albums, with 2014’s “Sound of Change” being the most recent album. The band consists of Watson, Dustin Bushnell, Jon Olazabal, Matt Ochoa, David Foral and Shawn Hagood.

Watson says with the band talking over its next move for a new album, each member has begun to write.

“Since everything is fairly new, we’ll see what each one of us brings to the studio,” he says. “That’s when the direction and sound of the album will be decided.”

Watson says the band is looking to record in a different recording studio. Previous albums have been recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, just outside of El Paso.

“We might go to Miami or Jamaica,” he says. “We want to find somewhere that is different and inspiring. We’ll let the location take us into a direction. If we go to either of these places, you can visualize what type of album it will be.”

Before the band can focus on writing, it will head to India early in the fall to perform at a few festivals in front of huge crowds.

“I remember when this band would play to no crowd at all,” he says. “It’s very humbling to see how far we’ve come and the fans we’ve been able to get along the way. I have to pinch myself sometimes.”


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