The Dirty Heads deliver island vibesBy Matt Masterson and Abbie Ruckdashel | Oct. 28, 2014
In a fog-filled Barrymore Theatre Saturday night, an island emerged. A California-bred reggae band, The Dirty Heads, brought the sounds of the West Coast to Madison. Roman Ramirez, better known as Rome, the lead singer of Sublime With Rome, opened the show with a jaw-dropping solo act. He tweeted a couple hours before about how sick he was, but no one had any idea. His vocals were so smooth and drew the crowd in. The best parts of his set were at the tail end when he performed his popular songs “Eighteen,” “Terrorista,” “Seasons” and “White Girls.” The crowd knew every word to all four of these songs, singing as their bodies swayed to the rock beats his drummer and bassist were putting down. Rome’s sound is unique because it’s a mixture of heavy rock beats and reggae guitar riffs, creating a smooth hip-hop sound a crowd can dance to. As if his set wasn’t awesome enough, he slowed things down and played a sick acoustic version of the title song of his EP Dedication that just about brought me to tears.