Catching The Dirtyheads Live

Pearl Artists On The Road: Part 1

By Radim Mccue Published October 26, 2009

The Dirtyheads at House of Blues

One of Pearl's most recent endorser signings is The Dirtyheads, featuring Matt Ochoa on drums. Pearl's artist rep Mike Farris, checks in with this analysis of The Dirtyheads live.

"I caught The Dirtyheads rolled through the House of Blues on Sunset Strip during the closing night of their West Coast run as main-support to Sugar Ray. Their surf/rock/rap/dub sound, which has been heard on numerous surf videos and major motion pictures, seemed captivate the crowd and their combination of so many different genres helped to open the ears of even the most biased of listeners.

"Matt Ochoa was rocking his 4-piece Reference Series kit finished in Piano Black lacquer. His simple and classic setup is made up of a 12 x 8 rack tom, 16 x 16 floor tom, 22 x 18 kick drum, and a 14 x 6.5 Sensitone Steel snare. The Reference Series drums seemed to mend perfectly together with each drum picking up a tone lower than where the preceding drum left off. The mahogany kick drum sounded punchy and warm, where the Sensitone Steel snare provided plenty of crack. The drums were finished in Piano Black, which helped provide the clash of a classy look with the modern day feel and sound of the Reference Series."

The Dirtyheads rocked out this past weekend at th 2009 Smokeout Festival with Cypress Hill and Sublime, and will be providing support to Chad Sexton and 311 for various one-off dates. For more information on The Dirtyheads, please visit

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