The Dirty Heads [AT THE DEMO]
The Expendables, Big B
4191 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63110
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
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The Dirty Heads
The first time I listen to Cabin by the Sea, the new album from The Dirty Heads, it's 40 degrees outside and a cold, bitter rain is lashing against my window.
Inside, it sounds like summer.
"That's exactly what we wanted," says Heads front man Jared "Dirty J" Watson. "It starts with the title. No matter where you are or what's going on, when you hear this record, we want to transport you to this place, this 'Cabin by the Sea.'"
For the SoCal rock/reggae/hip-hop band, Cabin represents more than just good vibes. It's the culmination of years of hard work and endless touring, and a chance to refine and improve on their breakthrough, 2008's Any Port in the Storm. That's not an easy act to follow – their debut album featured one of the decade's biggest rock singles, "Lay Me Down" (which spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart, a record for an independent release and more than any single that year by anyone, including The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and 30 Seconds to Mars) and a shout-out in Rolling Stone as one of year's best new bands.
But the Heads knew better things lay ahead. "Last time was our first time in the studio, working with a producer," says Watson. "This time out, we nailed it. We trimmed the fat and got the sound we were always going for."
Cabin by the Sea was co-produced by Mario C and Lewis Richards - splitting time between Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas and 17th Street Recording Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. Maintaining the diversity from their first album, Cabin ranges from sunny acoustic pop (the title track) to hip-hop with mariachi horns ("Disguise") and feel-good reggae ("Day by Day," "Your Love"). The album's defining trait? An insistence on positivity and good vibes (with an herbal assist), a philosophy summed up nicely by the single, "Spread Too Thin." "It's about having too much going on, work or whatever is stressing you out," says guitarist Dustin "Duddy B" Bushnell. "It's about needing a breather in life."
(The album's one outlier, "Smoke Rings," is a punk/hip-hop fueled rager. "We've matured, but we still have that side of us," says Bushnell. "It's talking shit for a couple of minutes, and we use a sample from an old movie called Satan's Satanists. It's fun, nothing more than that.")
While Port contained an expanded roster of guest stars, from M. Shadows to Billy Preston (best known for his work with the Beatles), Cabin keeps the guest list tight. Still, a few A-level names make an appearance, including a return engagement from Rome (from Sublime with Rome), Del the Funky Homosapien, Ky-Mani Marley and Hasidic hip-hop star Matisyahu. "He's awesome. We got to know him years ago on tour," says Bushnell. "We had built this great relationship, so we asked him to guest on a track. He came down to the studio and knocked it out of the park."
The recognizable guest stars, big tours and hit songs are a long way from the group's humble origins in Bushnell's garage. Back in 1996, school friends Watson and Bushnell started their musical career almost on accident. "It was hilarious: I was in a punk band, but Jared had no musical inclination," remembers the guitarist. "Then one day he started rapping over these cheesy hip-hop songs I'd make with Casio beats, and I'm like, wow, you're really good!" (Note to fans: Bushnell recently rediscovered tapes of those teenage sessions, but don't plan on hearing anything in the near future)
The group, later rounded out by percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bassist David Foral, eventually outgrew the funny rap vibe and developed a local following as an acoustic hip-hop group. Surprisingly, the Heads grew to be very successful on a small label with little to no resources, an indication of their organic momentum and appeal. The Dirty Heads are now signed to a worldwide deal with Five Seven Music.
The group plans to spend the rest of the year on a number of different tours. For now, though, you can experience the band's sunny, good-time outlook on their new record. "Whatever has happened to us over the years, we've always kept a mindset about staying positive and squashing negativity," says Watson. "And that's the vibe we had making this album. I think that comes across to anyone who hears it."
Cabin By The Sea will be released on June 19, 2012.
The Expendables enjoyed a laid-back lifestyle growing up in Santa Cruz, CA; surfing, skating, partying, and playing music were commonplace. Since 1997, The Expendables have staked their claim in the California surf/rock genre by headlining venues from coast to coast. Blending Reggae, Punk Rock, and 80s style dueling guitar solos, The Expendables have made heads turn and floors shake for years.
The band consists of four longtime friends: Geoff Weers (Guitar and Vocals), Adam Patterson (Drums and Vocals), Raul Bianchi (Lead Guitar) and Ryan DeMars (Bass). The first seven years of their career was fueled with three full-length, completely independent releases. No Time To Worry (2000), Open Container (2001), and Gettin' Filthy (2004), would bring in a combined total of over 40,000 units sold with no physical distribution and no record label.
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Good Times & Bad Advice available now on iTunes.
BIG B has been an underground heavyweight (literally) since he first debuted on the scene with 'High Class White Trash' in 2004. However, he made his presence known in the mainstream this past summer when his single "Sinner", which featured Scott Russo from Unwritten Law, exploded in the Alternative Rock radio format and became the anthem for that summer, garnering heavy airplay from the world-famous KROQ amongst others.
Now, BIG B is back with his most well rounded album yet – 'Good Times and Bad Advice' will see this American underdog transcend genres and create a catchy album of outlaw hip hop and alternative rock melodies that will have you singing along all summer!
BIG B has become known for his raw and honest style, likening him to a modern day Johnny Cash yet blending in his own elements, namely hip-hop, alternative rock, country and even a laid-back reggae vibe. 'Good Times and Bad Advice' sees the Las Vegas rebel build upon the success of his smash previous effort 'American Underdog' and touts some of the industry's biggest names as featured artists – Everlast, Cisco Adler (Shwayze, Whitestarr) and another epic pairing with Scott Russo!
Continuing to expand his image to diverse audiences, BIG B has even entered into a partnership with Madison Square Garden to feature the album's title track in the legendary venue's entire summer advertising campaign. BIG B has also been a regular cast member on the A&E hit television series INKED, focusing on his work at the Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company in Las Vegas alongside his friend and freestyle motocross icon Carey Hart. INKED became one of the most viewed television shows in A&E's history and brought BIG B an entirely new fan base.
BIG B has unleashed four previous studio efforts, worked with underground royalty OPM, toured the world alongside icons such as Pennywise, Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings and more AND starred on a hit television show. In 2010, the Suburban Noize Outlaw will continue to expand his career and push musical boundaries while also staying true to his underground roots. With touring already planned alongside groups such as The Expendables, Hed PE and Kottonmouth Kings, BIG B also plans to remain a road dog and bring his high-energy live show to fans across the globe.
The hard-hitting lyricism, anthemic choruses and catchy guitar-infused beats of this record will captivate fans of such diverse artists as Eminem to Sublime and Unwritten Law to Willie Nelson. This fall, make sure you turn to BIG B for plenty of 'Good Times and Bad Advice'!
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