50. WYOMING: THE DIRTY HEADS -- Jared Watson (left) and Dustin Bushnell of the band The Dirty Heads arrive at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort Nov. 30, 2011, in Las Vegas.
The Dirty Heads were already a very diverse-sounding group before they hit the studio for Sound Of Change. The dance beats and big hip-hop production on first single "My Sweet Summer" are indicative of the rest of their new album. So far, so good, considering the song is off to the band's strongest start at radio since their breakthrough single "Lay Me Down". I got Duddy B on the phone and he explained.
"Sound Of Change" was the second song we started writing for this new album. And we were just like, 'Wow! This is really cool! It's a little bit different sound for us. And it's bigger. What if we just go this direction... and make this big, awesome, impactful album?' We had Cabin By The Sea which was super-mellow. And then we did the acoustic album [Home - Phantoms of Summer] which was insanely mellow. So we were like let's just step it up. Let's just blast people's faces out with this one. And then we were like, hey, let's just call the album Sound Of Change. This'll be the title track song, and then when people do hear it, if they're like "Wow, you've changed so much!" we can be like "Well, it is in the name".
I also asked about the origin of the title of their new song "Franco Eyed" - a reference to actor James Franco and his perpetually heavy eyelids. It's exactly what you think it is.