Yesod Williams - Drums / Kaleo Wassman - Guitar & Vocals / Bret Bollinger - Bass & Vocals
NEW ALBUM “KONA TOWN” IN STORES APRIL 2002
Enter Kona, Hawaii. Think lush natural landscape, divine inspiration and kids with nothing to do except find the next rage and invent slicker ways to pick up girls. “Its all about the ladies,” that’s what Pepper said in eighth grade at the bus stop imitating rappers of the day to try out their game. Bret (Bass/Vocals) and Kaleo’s (Guitar/Vocals) musical inspiration began there. And the rest is history.
Rocketed further into their musical dimension by their love of classic Hawaiian icons Gabby Pahinui, Iz and Poncho Man, Bret and Kaleo started strumming, and elevated out of rap to a rock-dance-hall style, playing parties and meeting recognition in their small town. Frustrated by their beats, Pepper was “going through drummers like a bottomless pit,” remembers Kaleo. The myth around town included a legendary kick-ass- Metallica-esque drummer by the name of Yesod, who gave it up, seduced by the swell on the west shore. Bret and Kaleo set out on a seek-and-destroy mission to finalize their punch. Finally, by a seeming act of Providence, the two ran into the legendary Yesod at a party and broke it down in the language of Hawaiian youth, “Come back to music, more girls.” With a pitch like that, Yesod was in. Add metal to the already rock-dance hall influence infused with their Hawaiian aloha, spirit, humor, and ridiculously good looks: you got Pepper.
Playing out around the island, gaining a reputation for indecent live performances and explosive percussion coupled with liquid bass lines, island reggae/edgy guitar, Pepper caught the attention of fans from all corners and particularly Volcom Entertainment.
“When you come from a small town, that’s basically who you are no matter where you end up in the world”, Pepper muses fondly. After packing up all their belongings, jumping off the island and heading to California in search of breaking the music scene, Pepper landed to score dates with established artists (Born Jamericans, Shaggy, Eek-a-Mouse, Burning Spear, Pato Banton, Secret Hate, SX10), were featured on XBOX games/Transworld Surf and Snow games, and played an entire run on the Warped Tour (2001), paying their dues by building the stage and pumping their signature “Kona-dub-rock” through grueling the heat into the hearts of fans from state to state.
Pepper stepped it up late 2001 hitting the studio for their first professional recording (this time with there dub technition remy derouchmont controlling the space echo's thourgh out the album.), with Steve Kravac (blink-182) producing, Willie Waldman (Sublime, Snoop Dogg) on horns and Ronnie King (Death Row Records) on keys. The result: KONA TOWN. It is edgy, lush, and rockin’ melodic. It is innovative, heart grabbing, and a good ride. It is Pepper.
Advance Copies available - March 2002.
Seven-song demo - 1997 Pepper Records
The Early Poems of Volcom Entertainment- 1999 Volcom Entertainment (comp)
1999 Summer Sampler- 1999 Volcom Entertainment (comp)
Give n’ It - 2000 Volcom Entertainment
Santa’s Stuck in the Chimney - 2000 Volcom Entertainment (comp)
Limited Edition Warped Tour EP 2001 Volcom Ent.
Kona Town - 2002 Volcom Entertainment
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PEPPER!!!!!!! =D | Reviewer: Harris | 8/3/09
my first pepper concert (history in the making) was the jager tour in club nokia in L.A, Cali 6/3/09
Greatest Concert Ever!!!!!!!! i've been listening to them for th longest time and its annoying that people always think its sublime or just dont know who are they but i still love my pepper and they are a hell of a band from a hell of an island!!
FUCK YEAH! PEPPER ROCKS!
texan pepper lover | Reviewer: Christi | 3/6/09
So yeah if i had a sh!tty day, all i have to do is put in kona town and everything seems to be ok. =] goin to see them for the first time april 27 for the Jagermeister tour. And i'm pretty sure it's gonna be one of the best night of my life. <33
can't get enough kona | Reviewer: ryan | 5/8/08
ive been a pepper fan for about four years-ish and im disappointed that i didnt hear about them sooner. seen them everytime theyve come to philly; no matter the circumstance, i made time in my schedule for pepper. pepper first, breathing second.
PEPPER=AMAZING | Reviewer: firstname.lastname@example.org | 8/15/07
so i just saw pepper for the second time at warped tour 07, and i love them even more than i did before i saw them the first time. they're amazing and i'll keep seeing them whenever i get the chance. rock on guys!
i love pepper! | Reviewer: maria | 4/6/07
i love pepper so much that the day before yesterday, i got a tattoo in order to represent my love for the band!:)
I LOVE PEPPER!! | Reviewer: Maria | 2/24/07
I LOVE TO LISTEN TO PEPPER, EVERY SINGLE DAY! THEY WILL BE IN TOWN SOON & I HOPE TO MAKE THAT SHOW. I DON'T THINK I COULD EVER GET TIRED OF LISTENING TO THEM. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THE VOLCALS & THE SOUND IS AWESOME! ---------M.
PEPPER KICKED ASS LAST NIGHT!!! | Reviewer: midtoke | 2/15/07
dude Pepper can really "kick some ass" live i was at the h.o.b. for the first show of the tour last night. sorry to say but the supervillens got kicked off the tour on the first night, but they delivered one hell of a performance. for those of you waiting to see pepper a piece of advice....GET TICKETS NOW.... This was an awsome show and i will see you punanis back in san diego.
rock on | Reviewer: allison | 8/8/05
Pepper is amazing! i just saw them at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fl. The show was awesome! Pepper was better than O.A.R.! I have seen every show in st. pete/ clearwater, fl. i cant wait till you guys headline a show around here again. i also cant wait till vacation in Kona, Hawaii! so excited. i'll be there...hopefully you guys will be playin a show when im there. that would be awesome to see you guys in hawaii. keep on rockin and stay hott!!. lots of love!! ally. p.s. shot me an email... iwould love to hear from you guys!!!!
they kick ass | Reviewer: rianna | 9/17/04
i love pepper... i've been heavily into their sound for a solid year+ and after discovering the love, i got many more into them too... come back to seattle so i can actually go!...
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