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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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aaronmarlie
Sublime>Pepp e r
smithmamax3
One of my fav Pepper songs
The singer sounds like if Bradley (Sublime), and Lenny Kravitz had a kid
AWESOME band
Nothing "sounds like Sublime" except for Sublime. Because it's Sublime. Puds.
Pepper is so sick with the perfect blend of irie vibes.. reminds me of high school on a hot cali day
flpropertypi r a t e s
Orlando loves u f**kers! One for the piehole, slakin the mind strait to the heavens.. mmmm get it!
My favorite pepper song pf all time it reminds me of when me and my brother and are dad would eat donuts in the car on the way to school
Light it upp n enjoy
Can u hear the pepper shaking
They are amazing live. SO much energy and they absolutely hype up their fans. Love going to Pepper shows.
WHERES THE SALT
Pepper.....P e p p e r .
Saw them live last night, Killed it!
5/18/14
Site #13 Locomotive Point Pictographs
N. 38° 52.830'
W. 110° 46.29'
Sandy soil, with brush.
Navajo sandstone cliffs

Our next stop was another archaeologic a l site with light yellow Navajo sandstone cliffs that had barrier canyon style pictographs. There were some paintings I hadn't seen before. Snakes seem to be a big theme in rock art in this area. The ones here were nicely creative and detailed. A Speilberg style, E.T. headed, anthropomorp h and another figure holding a snake were
Heard these guys for the first time yesterday & they deserve so many kudos for there music! Lovin the vibes
i had so much fun hangin out w/ these guys n the guys from slightly stoopid when they played at freebirds, in jax beach,fl :) great guys n great musicians!
Umm may I have more pepper please ;>> 1of my top 3 pepper songs <3
Koala the song is called point and shoot its me and my girls song lol
*rics are p**sy lickin p**sy lickin me oh my. Then it says shake your hips cause that's the s**t or something. Lol. Comment the name of the song on my profile if you know it
Ugh I Cant remember the name of one of their songs. Some of the ly
stokeskidd5
I live on people
pepper - wanted ( you could try, you didn't even try and what you did was opposite despite of what you may be ... )
Ilike this song,,
(-:
--> Kona town
They remind me of sublime
Hahhh...chhe e w w w w ! Mmmm,more pepper,pleas e . . ? Tabasco tooo?yeah dats dah hot stuff dare...
F**k yeah...
HighAsFuck rn
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
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 .
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