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In The Pipeline: Up next for the Dirty Heads: an album and skate park

February 02, 2011|By Chris Epting
  • Huntington Beach band The Dirty Heads, which features Jared Watson, center.
Huntington Beach band The Dirty Heads, which features… (HB Independent )

"One of the Best New Bands of 2010."

That's what Rolling Stone said a year ago about the Dirty Heads.

The band, which has actually been around in various forms since 1996, sums itself up in an official bio: "Rooted in the Orange County community of Huntington Beach, the Dirty Heads emerged onto the Southern California music scene with their unique signature blend of acoustic infused hip-hop and classic reggae, creating the perfect soundtrack to an upbeat, sun-soaked California."

Along with Avenged Sevenfold, the Dirty Heads have helped put focus on Huntington as a musical mecca, and lead singer Jared Watson likes that his band is now often spoken about in the same sentence with his Surf City brethren.

"We went to Marina High, they went to Huntington, but we knew each other well growing up," Watson said. "They're awesome guys. In fact, my best friend growing up was Jimmy Sullivan."

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Sullivan, a.k.a. "The Rev," was the Avenged Sevenfold drummer who died in December 2009.

"I think about him all the time," Watson said. "Just recently, we got together with the Sullivan family and some of the guys from Avenged for a memorial."

The Dirty Heads have been in the studio recently, laying down their new album, and in the first week of March, they'll hit the road to begin a five-week cross-country tour. Watson, who still lives in Huntington Beach, along with the rest of his band, is anxious to tour for a number of reasons.

He said that first and foremost it's simply fun for him because he's young and single, and so this is the time in his life to do things like tour in a successful band.

"But another reason is that, I'm a skateboarder, and some of the best skate parks are in the cities we play around the country," he continued. "I take my boards with me when we travel, and that's a big part of my free time. And I've got to say, we need a decent skate park here in Huntington Beach."

Taking the discussion further, Watson had an idea.

He said he was going to call the guys in Avenged Sevenfold to suggest a co-bill concert with the Dirty Heads for the sole purpose of raising money to cover the cost of a deluxe skate park here.

"I'll be in a place like Minnesota, skating by myself at some incredible park thinking, 'Why don't we have this back home?'" he said. "It's time we try and do something about this."

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