Dirty Heads

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SWIM TEAM, the gold-certified rock band’s sixth LP out October 13 via Five Seven Music and announce an upcoming North American headline tour with support from The Unlikely Candidates and Tyrone’s Jacket beginning October 24th. Full LP track list, tour dates can be found below, and tickets will be available via the band’s website.

The forthcoming album features the California quintet’s hit summer single “Vacation,” which dropped June 30th debuting #11 on iTunes’ Alternative Song Chart and instantly began climbing Spotify’s viral charts hitting #6 on Spotify’s US Viral 50, #14 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 and placement on Spotify’s Viral Hits playlist upon release. The track was the # 1 Most Added at Alternative Radio for two straight weeks and continues to rock in millions of streams across platforms.

People Magazine premiered the “Vacation” video – calling the single “a joyous celebration of life.” The clip features Dennis Haskins reprising his role as Saved By The Bell’s beloved Mr. Belding

SWIM TEAM sees Dirty Heads pushing their sound, moving between pop, alternative, hip-hop, reggae, and rock with the same spirit and spark that’s powered them since the beginning. The album’s wide-ranging sound is also due in part to the diverse team of collaborators: Jonas Jeberg [Demi Lovato, Juicy J, Jason Derulo], “Lay Me Down” partner-in-crime Rome [Enrique Iglesias] of Sublime with Rome, Blueprint [Jay-Z, Kanye West, Timbaland, Eminem, Nas, Prodigy], Oren Yoel [Miley Cyrus, Kanye West], HEAVY [Andrew McMahon], and The Score.

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DIRTY HEADS SWIM TEAM

Music thrives on freedom. Without boundaries or blueprints, songs not only come to life, but last for a very long time to come.

Dirty Heads’ 2017 sixth full-length offering, SWIM TEAM [Five Seven Music], finds the group at its most free. The Orange County, CA quintet—Jared “Dirty J” Watson [co-lead vocals], Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell [co-lead vocals, guitar], Jon Olazabal [percussion], Matt Ochoa [drums], and David Foral [bass]—traffic between alternative, hip-hop, reggae, and rock with the same spirit and spark that’s powered them since the beginning.

As a result, the hooks naturally became bigger, the experimentation got bolder, and the smoke blazed brighter…

“We’ve put in so much hard work over the years that we have the freedom to do whatever we want now,” affirms Jared. “Making the new record, I re-fell in love with everything about being in this band: writing music, playing shows, having fun, and where we’re at. We spent every day not only working on songs, but laughing our asses off. What other people said didn’t matter. The rules of being a proper songwriter and all of that bullshit didn’t matter. If something felt good, we left it in there. It was so cool to get back to that feeling. Creating music was completely free. It was just fucking fun!”

For the better part of 15 years, Dirty Heads have quietly worked towards this point. In 2008, they emerged with the fan favorite full-length debut, Any Point In A Storm. Signature single “Lay Me Down” achieved an RIAA gold certification and clinched #1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart for 11 weeks—a record run for that year. 2014 saw Sound of Change debut at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, garner acclaim from the likes of Esquire, and vault “My Sweet Summer” to the top of Alternative Radio. Most recently, 2016’s self-titled Dirty Heads went Top 15 on the Top 200 and spawned the smash “That’s All I Need,” which racked up over 10.5 million Spotify streams and counting. Noisey summed up the album best as, “Killer.” Simultaneously, they remain one of the world’s most engaging and exhilarating live acts, selling out sheds coast to coast.

During early 2017, the group started writing songs with no expectations or plans and soon found themselves working on what would become SWIM TEAM. That boundless environment immediately fostered inspiration.

“We had some time off, and we were like, ‘We might as well get in the studio and see what happens’,” recalls Duddy. “In doing that, we were able to come up with some really good ideas. We didn’t have any pressure to put out new music. It’s a lot more ambient and simple. We went heavier on the hip-hop, which I love. After the first song, we agreed to just finish a record. We were all inspired.”

In order to capture those moments, Dirty Heads handpicked a team of collaborators—Jonas Jeberg [Demi Lovato, Juicy J, Jason Derulo], “Lay Me Down” partner-in-crime Rome [Enrique Iglesias] of Sublime with Rome, Blueprint [Jay-Z, Kanye West, Timbaland, Eminem, Nas, Prodigy], Oren Yoel [Miley Cyrus, Kanye West], HEAVY [Andrew McMahon], and The Score—and recorded between Los Angeles and Orange County.

“On the last album, it was like a mad speed dating rush with a bunch of producers to see who worked best,” says Jared. “We had never done that before, and it was cool. It was a different vibe, studio, and guy every day. There are only a few producers on SWIM TEAM. The only new guys were HEAVY, and we hit it off immediately. We were molding and mutating what Dirty Heads are but with something new. We wanted to create songs we hadn’t heard before.”

That brings us to the first single “Vacation.” Produced by Jeberg, “Vacation” sways from bright sun-soaked piano and booming horns into an unshakable and hashtaggable chant, “Hey, I’m on vacation every single day cuz I love my occupation. Hey, I’m on vacation, if you don’t like your life then you should go and change it.”

“We spent eight years in a van, worked hard, and now we’re here,” says Duddy. “It’s almost like a vacation now.”

“I want ‘Vacation’ to speak to people out there who have paid their dues and love their jobs,” adds Jared. “For those who don’t enjoy what they do every day, it sends a message that, ‘It’s not too late to do something else.’ If you’re not happy, life is way too fucking short to hang around and do things you don’t love. We’re blessed to do something we’re passionate about. We hope you feel the same!”

Working with HEAVY, the emotional “Celebrate” volleys from vulnerable verses into confessional raps and a heart-wrenching refrain about being away from home. It’s a classic pop ballad Dirty Heads-style with the power to resonate amongst listeners everywhere.

“It strikes a chord for those of us who travel a lot and leave friends and families at home,” explains Duddy. “We miss so much on the road. We’re humans. We have wives. We have kids. We’re happy to do what we love, but at the same time we miss our loved ones.”

Then there’s “High Tea,” which tows the line between 1940s-inspired crooning and grimy East Coast rhyme gymnastics like The Ink Spots guesting on Paul’s Boutique.

“That’s my favorite song we’ve ever written,” beams Jared. “The melody was super catchy, and there’s an old school guitar part. We juxtapose those mellow, airy, and ethereal elements with hard-hitting hip-hop. We were drinking these weed kombuchas at the time,” he laughs.

In the end, SWIM TEAM represents Dirty Heads at their most dynamic, diverse, and definitive.

“When you hear it, I just want you to walk away thinking, ‘Damn, that sounds like Dirty Heads’,” concludes Duddy.

Jared leaves off, “I want you to feel the same way I did making it. Join this weird, odd, and wonderful secret society we’ve created over the past fifteen years. You’re part of it now. Welcome to the team.”

Tracklist

Staloney
High tea
Mad at It
Vacation
Celebrate
Diamonds and pearls
Get Somewhere
So Glad You Made It
God Damn Liar
Lonely
West Coast

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Album Details

Artist

Dirty Heads

Album Title

Swim Team

Street Date

10/13/2017

Order Due Date

09/15/2017

Discount

3% (ends 10/19/2017)

Genre

Rock/Alternative

Label

Five Seven Music

Parent Label

Eleven Seven Music

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD14

UPC

849320025221

Box Lot

30

Catalog #

FSM2522

Album Details

Artist

Dirty Heads

Album Title

Swim Team

Street Date

11/24/2017

Order Due Date

10/27/2017

Genre

Rock/Alternative

Label

Five Seven Music

Parent Label

Eleven Seven Music

Configuration

Vinyl Longplay 33 1/3

Price Code

LP19

UPC

849320025214

Box Lot

15

Catalog #

FSM2521

Album Details

Artist

Dirty Heads

Album Title

Swim Team

Preorder Date

09/01/2017

Street Date

10/13/2017

Genre

Rock/Alternative

Label

Five Seven Music

Parent Label

Eleven Seven Music

Configuration

Digital Audio Longplay

UPC

849320026501

Tour Dates

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