Pepper performing on the Vans Warped Tour, on August 3, 2007.
|Origin||Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States|
|Genres||Reggae rock,alternative rock, ska, dub|
|Labels||Pepper, LAW Records, Volcom Entertainment, Lava/Atlantic, Powerslave Records, Skunk Records|
|Sabotage Soundsystem, Slightly Stoopid|
Pepper is a three-piece rock band originally from Hawaii, now based in San Diego. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Kaleo Wassman, vocalist/bassist Bret Bollinger, and drummer Yesod Williams. Since the band's formation they have released seven studio albums as well as two live albums.
Pepper formed in 1996 with singer/guitarist Kaleo Wassman and bassist/singer Bret Bollinger, who had been friends since middle school. The duo was influenced by the Hawaiian artist Three Plus and popular mainland groups like Sublime. The group struggled to find a drummer to be in the band, with Wassman stating " we were going through drummers like a bottomless pit." Wassman and Bollinger heard about a drummer named Yesod Williams who had gained success around their small town, and later met Williams at a party. The two convinced Williams to join the band, and with the trio in place, Pepper left Hawaii for San Diego and went on to open shows by Burning Spear, Shaggy, and other major reggae artists. Pepper first entered the studio in 1997 and recorded a seven-song demo.
In 1999, after gathering a small local following on the Big Island, Pepper gained the interest of an independent, L.A.-based record company, Volcom Entertainment. Volcom produced and distributed the band's debut release, Give'n It, which combined dancehall, reggae, hip-hop, and pop genres and the band made it on the 2001 Warped Tour.
After years of extensive touring, Pepper took to the studio with Steve Kravac (Less Than Jake, MXPX) to record their second album entitled Kona Town, released in March 2002. The track "Give It Up" was released as a single. Pepper continued to tour throughout 2003 and into 2004, including dates with 311 and Snoop Dogg, along with appearances at the annual Bob Marley Birthday celebration, San Diego's Festival "Street Scene", and a U.S. tour with Slightly Stoopid.
In March 2004 Pepper released In With The Old, and got to No. 35 on the Billboard Heat Seekers and No. 18 on the independent albums chart. The album was recorded at 311's completely analog Hive Studios by board master Ron St. Germain (Bad Brains, Living Colour, 311, Tool, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden), the album showcases a broader range of influences shared by the trio. The band used punk keyboardist/producer Ronnie King on In With The Old as well as their later album, No Shame.
Beginning on July 20, 2006, Pepper supported 311 along with The Wailers on their U.S. tour. In August 2006, Jgermeister announced that Pepper & Slightly Stoopid would headline the annual Jgermeister Musictour through December 2006.
The band released their fourth album (and minor label debut) entitled No Shame on October 3, 2006. It features production from Nick Hexum of 311, Tony Kanal of No Doubt, and Sublime producer/ Butthole Surfers member Paul Leary. A music video was shot for the single "No Control".
On March 20, 2007, Pepper released To Da Max, their first compilation CD containing rare and B-side tracks.
Pepper released a new album on July 22, 2008, entitled Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations on their own label, Law Records. The band toured across the United States in 2008 from March through April with Redeye Empire and Iration. A European tour in support of Flogging Molly followed, including shows in Germany, Sweden, France, Italy and more. From August 1, 2008 to September 6, 2008, the band toured the US on the Tailgate 2008 Summer Tour. The band is now touring with Slightly Stoopid and Sly & Robbie. The band also headlined the "Law Records" tour in October 2008 along with Passafire, and The Supervillains. This was their first tour consisting of only Law Records bands. After a UK tour with Less than Jake, and a break in December, Pepper, Passafire, and The Supervillains toured the Northwest to complete the first Law Records tour.
The Spring 2009 line-up of the Jgermeister Music Tour featured Pepper with longtime staples on the punk scene, Pennywise. Pepper returned to the Jgermeister Music Tour after a 2006 outing with punk-reggae rockers Slightly Stoopid.
Pepper released their new EP album titled Stitches on 12 October 2010. A single, "Wake Up", from the album was released June 28, 2010 along with "Mirror" & the band toured with 311 to promote the album. Pepper also toured on the "Like a Surgeon Tour" with Shwayze, Pour Habit, and Brother Ali in the last quarter of 2010.
Pepper was one of the headliners for the 2011 Warped Tour. During the summer and fall of 2012, they toured with Sublime with Rome and Cypress Hill.
Pepper released their self-titled sixth album in 2013.
Following a co-headlining tour with the Dirty Heads in the summer of 2014 and, and another ampitheater summer run with Rebelution & Sublime With Rome in 2015 Pepper released their 6th studio album "Ohana".
The band is currently in the studio working on their 8th studio album due out 2018.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2005||"Give It Up"||34||Kona Town|
|2006||"No Control"||19||No Shame|
|2010||"Wake Up"||--||Stitches EP|
|2013||"FKARND (All Night)"||21||Pepper|
|"--" denotes single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|