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Dirty Heads were happy to muddy the musical waters on new album

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"Sound of Change" is no casual title for Dirty Heads' fourth album.

The Huntington Beach, Calif., group's stock in trade to this point has been blend of reggae and hip-hop, though 2013's "Home -- Phantoms of Summer" was a surprising acoustic change-up But on "Sound of Change," which came out July 8, goes for fuller sonics and more fleshed out arrangements, including the alternative rock-flavored title track and collaborations with producers such as Supa Dups, Budda Shampoo, Niles, Ward 21 and good friend Rome Ramirez of Sublime.

"We figured that we've got three albums out there you can listen to while laying on the beach and relaxed," explains guitarist Dustin "Duddy B" Bushnell. "We've done that. We have that vie. We can do that all day with our eyes closed.

"So this time we said, 'Let's step out of our comfort zone. Let's try and push ourselves. Let's try to grow as a band and let's see what we can do, and if that doesn't work we can always go back to that old stuff. So we went for it and we tried something new, and I think we made something pretty cool."

Change isn't always embraced, of course, and Bushnell, 32, acknowledges that "we definitely knew we were gonna get a little hate from it." But he's pleased to report that "Sound of Change" appears to be growing on Dirty Heads' fans now that they're hearing more of it.

"It's funny because right after the first song ('My Sweet Summer') leaked out, there were all these people freaking out," he says. "And now that the album`s out, they're like, 'Oh, I changed my mind. After a couple listens I actually love this. It's not that far from what they normally did.

"We knew some of our fans would be taken aback a little bit by it, but you can't really concentrate on that too much. Even if you made the best album ever, some people are going to hate on it, no matter what. So we just keep our heads down and keep making music that we enjoy and put out only things we respect and that we're proud of. We hope people like it, and if they don't, that's cool -- we've got three other albums they can listen to."

Dirty Heads, Pepper, Katastro, Aer

Saturday, July 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

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