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Pepper

Although Pepper's members are originally from Kona, Hawaii, the trio doesn't play traditional Hawaiian music. Rather, Pepper's music is a melodic and accessible blend of alternative pop/rock, punk, and reggae. Formed in 1996, Pepper is hardly the only alt-rock combo inspired by Jamaican sounds. But while other punk-minded alt-pop/rockers who emerged in the '90s were greatly influenced by either classic '60s ska or hardcore dancehall artists like Stitchie, Ninjaman, and Bounty Killer, Pepper usually gets more inspiration from '70s and early-'80s reggae, Pepper's sound could be described as the Police meets Steel Pulse meets punk-pop. It isn't hard to see the parallels between a Pepper song like "The Good Thing" and Police hits such as "Roxanne" and "Don't Stand So Close to Me," but while Sting and his colleagues sounded polished, Pepper tends to favor a rawer, more rugged approach.

Two of Pepper's three members started working together in 1996; that was when singer/guitarist Kaleo Wassman first joined forces with bassist/singer Bret Bollinger. After going through quite a few drummers in the '90s, Pepper decided that Yesod Williams was the best man for the job. With the Wassman/Bollinger/Williams lineup in place, Pepper left Hawaii for Los Angeles and went on to be an opening act for shows by Burning Spear, Shaggy, Eek-a-Mouse, Pato Banton, and other major reggae artists. Pepper first entered the studio in 1997 to record a seven-song demo. But by 1999, the trio was signed to the independent, L.A.-based Volcom Entertainment.

Pepper's songs appeared on various Volcom compilations, including 1999 Summer Sampler and The Early Poems Of. The threesome's' first full-length album, Give'n It, was released by Volcom in 2000. The following year, Pepper produced a sophomore album, Kona Town, with Steve Kravac (who has worked with blink-182, Youth Brigade, Guttermouth, Less Than Jake, and other alternative rockers). Volcom released Kona Town in 2002, and In with the Old followed two years later, as Pepper continued touring with the likes of 311 and Snoop Dogg. The band also began its own record label, LAW Records, whose first release was a 2003 reissue of Give'n It. A live DVD was issued in early 2006 before the guys returned that fall with the studio full-length No Shame and a subsequent tour alongside Slightly Stoopid. Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations followed in 2008. In 2013 they signed with the Island label and released a self-titled album with production from former Faith No More and Train producer Matt Wallace. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Track List: FKARND (Single)

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Bring me along! OneLove♡♥♡
lalablack97
hi dudes
Hey! I got the ride away.
Best band to see live! Kaleo was tripping balls and still rocked the s**t out of the show lol
dy.penrose
Seen these cats twice live, I love their s**t. One of the few musicians I'll actually pay to hear and or see.
started listening to these cats in 2003 and every time they come on it always brings back good memories of the countless times I saw them live haha good times
Glad they don't have Pepper's S/T album on here. It kind of sucked :/
Wow! why cant peeps write nice things... enough Drama in the world. Why don't we all just listen :)
peace love to all the peeps!
Can't do no wrong w pepper
Ill admit I thought they sounded like sublime at first. However Sublime was sort of the pioneer for this genre of music which in my opinion is now my favorite genre of music. Bands like Pepper, Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Rebolution, Tribal Seeds, Long Beach Dub All Satrs, and more now have an audience that is faithful thanks to Sublime. Besides, what would you be listening to if Sublime was the only band of its kind?? They're no longer in existence so f**kin enjoy it and shut the hell up!
I saw them last weekend and oh my god theu are amazing live! Favorite band by far!
Seriously beth.kuiper. I "lived" in the 90s too,I don't know how that helps me decipher whether pepper is a rip-off of a sublime, I don't know... if you really thought this was sublime then just gtfo. You aren't enough of a sublime fan or listened to enough sublime to even compare them to pepper just stop. On a different note as a fan of pepper since I was a kid there self titled album sucks a**! What happened pepper?
kik @ the.one.you. f e a r
k.cunningham 8 2 8
Love pepper ♡♥
browning009
Doublebarrel
browning009
Alohabros
Good song...
I. Do. Not. Like. The. Song
His voice isn't original though. He sounds like brad.
Cog117gear.. . I lived the 90's these guy are sublime rip offs. Formed in 1996. You must have a stake in the band to say they are nothung like sublime. I thought sublime was singing this song thats why I previewed the artist...tho u g h t maybe it was a previously unreleased song .
it's youuu, it's youuu, it's youuu, it's youuu, it's youuu, it's youuu, it's youuu, it's youuu,...
To all my Ent bro's out here. I'm sitting here on a solid <7> and this smooth a** song comes on and i now finally fount my favorite smoke music. So at his very moment i'm multitasking like a mofo, loading a nasty bowl in my three turn zong, and grinding some OR grown 541 Jack Frost nugg's. So listen on, knowing that this guy is flying on.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
My dad insists that pepper is just sublime, but I say they're two totally different bands. Sure, they're both great reggae-rock bands, but they're both pretty different (especially their new material; FKARND is SUCH a jam)
Don't care they do sound like sublime fa sho
aaronjames13 0
Why have i not heard of the crazy fools till now!? Very impressed. I dunno if they were trying to follow in sublimes footsteps or what. I've heard a lot of bands that have tried and this is the only one to pull it off; assuming that was in fact the genre and path they were aiming for. Much respect.
Pretty good.
Pepper is F**KING AWESOME! They put on a hell of a live show, to boot
Saying pepper is sublime is like saying the led zeppelin and the rolling stones are the same ...yes their the same genre NO S**T but to call them the same is stupid
Errrmagerd pepper us like sublime errrmagerd pepper is like Rebelution ermmmagerd pepper is like ...shut the f**k up already dont like it then skip the song or skip the station ..
Oh f**k all of you "pepper is just sublime" people. The bands are in the same genre but if you'd listen to other sublime songs besides the 7 (G.G., what I got, santeria, badfish, get ready, lets go get stoned and date rape)the ones that everyone listens too, people would realize they have two distinct sounds with some similarities . I love both of em just give the guys from pepper a break already.
Kona Town is the best
Love the new single F#ck around - can't get enough!
These guys are better than sublime. there writing is less amateurish and no one died of heroin od yet!
Things that you love
All I hear is Sublime... Sounds good, I like... But def give credit to the originals
Bra come back to Vegas soon
Poor mans Sublime. Very poor man.
Nothing worth listening to since kona town.....
Don't read this because it really works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. But if you don't post this you die in two days. Now you have started reading so don't stop. Put this on at leats 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. It's scary because it works
PEPPER W/ MY CHOCOLATE... S O U N D S GOOOOD!
g_martinez10 4 6 7
Amazing band
jesse2777
Ono
Follow Me On Instagram, ;3
(alex_loves_ p r e t t y )
If people think this sounds like Sublime then they obviously weren't around a decade ago..
ughhhhhsofuc k i n g g o o d never bad love you guys "i wanna taste life more and more" <3____<3
Follow me you might find songs you like I have many genres
Yea pepper is kinda like rebelution but take away the bitchy hippie nonsence then its all good.
Isn't rebelution like pepper?
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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