The Dirty Heads' Jared Watson felt there was something that would complete the track "Dance All Night" from the band's forthcoming album Cabin By the Sea (out June 19th). "We got a little bit of it done and I was like, 'I hear Matisyahu on this song. I know he'd crush it,'" Watson tells Rolling Stone. "So we hit him up – 'Hey, we have this track, it's pretty much done. Come down and see if you like it.' He cruised down and took it from one level to the next."
It was part of a collaboration that saw them write another song and plan a summer tour together. "We were sitting around talking, like, 'What are you doing? Our album's coming out in June,'" says Watson. "He's like, 'Well, my album is coming out in July. Who are you touring with?' And then, boom, the tour."
Has Watson ever had such a prolific pairing? "No, that was one of the coolest writing sessions. I got to work with somebody I really respect and almost look up to," he says. "I'm a fan. Not only am I his friend, I'm a huge fan. So that was really cool to get him on the album."
The Dirty Heads and Matisyahu package will also meet up for a few dates with Sublime With Rome, reuniting the Heads with another of the new album's collaborators, Sublime With Rome frontman Rome Ramirez. "He's on a track called 'Mongo Push,' this very grime-y, more of a hip-hop track, bullshitty, having fun Dirty Heads song," Watson says.
If a grime-y hip-hop track sounds remarkably different that the Dirty Heads' breakthrough smash, "Lay Me Down" (which also featured Ramirez), that's exactly how Watson wanted it. "We didn't want to be like, 'Hey, everybody, we're gonna write 12 more 'Lay Me Down''," Watson says. "Fuck that."
It also probably saved Watson a lot of aggravation from his friends, who let him know they were over the ubiquitous "Lay Me Down." "That was the song where my friends were like, 'Yo, dude, I fucking hate you,'" he says, laughing. "I'd get hate-mail texts from my friends, like, 'I can't listen to the radio because I don't want to hear your stupid voice anymore.'"
That's a common occurrence for many artists, who don't want to hear their own stuff. But Watson has spent a lot of time lately with Cabin By the Sea. "I like to listen to music a lot when I'm driving, so right when the album got done I listened to it over and over and over," he says. Does he have a favorite song on the album? "'Dance All Night," he says: "Every time it hits it's hands-down my favorite song on the album so far."