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Tropidelic To Release ‘Heavy Is The Head’ Via Law Records

Tropidelic HITHTropidelic may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out a unique mix of reggae, hip-hop, funk, ska and alternative influences for audiences across the country, including appearing on the Warped Tour. The band has now signed with Law Records for their forthcoming release, Heavy is The Head, which will be released on November 10th. 

Heavy Is the Head can be pre-ordered here

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Ohana

Pepper

Ohana

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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

For the bulk of Pepper’s career they’ve embraced the Hawaiian sun, writing songs loosely based on Sublime’s (not with Rome) legendary reggae/ska/punk hybrid.  The band’s most notable successes have always been rooted in writing purely accessible songs born for patio parties and sunny beaches.  Yet, few albums live up to expectations, and to make matters worse, Pepper ran out of creative steam about a decade ago.  Their songs have traditionally lacked distinction, entirely focused on repetitive upstrokes and track listings with choppy song selections.  

In recent years, the band’s self-titled effort resisted success by highlighting the incorporation of rock-centred guitar that has hampered Pepper’s albums since 2008’s Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations.  Such insistence has detracted from Pepper’s output for at least the past decade; so the band’s decision to return to their simplistic roots for their seventh full length, Ohana, comes as a welcome return to basics, and in the process, easily eclipses their earlier work.  

Ohana is probably the best example of Pepper fully embracing their “sunny” side.  Exuding similarly well executed elements of easy listening last seen with The Dirty Heads (at least before their regrettable departure to hip hop), Ohana features Pepper at their smoothest.  Songs like “Never Ending Summer” place the spotlight on Bret Bollinger’s sultry vocals, ditching much of the awkward punk infusion that in hindsight, never really suited them.  A few songs in and it’s fairly clear that Pepper may have stumbled upon the BBQ and high-noon album of the summer.  Casual but not overly simplistic, easy-going groovers like “Start You Up” and “The Invite” successfully infuse humming organs and tropical drums in company with sailing upstrokes and carefully layered backing vocals that plan to the band’s strengths.

“Vacation” and “Reckless” get a little harder, but without reverting to the aforementioned guitar-heavy mess.  Instead, Pepper explodes with vocal passion and sing along choruses that maintain the layers of feel-good tropical chords.  Lyrically, the band has never been renowned as insightful conversationalists, but provided that listeners are willing to turn their brain off and entertain various tales of summer lovin’, they aren’t detrimental either.

If you’ve ever found yourself on the fence with Pepper, then there’s never been a better time to get reacquainted with the Hawaiian trio.  Ohana is a solid offering of tropical summer reggae-punk and the best output from Pepper in – well, ever.  Best enjoyed on a sunny day with an ice cold refreshment in hand.

Tours: Pepper / New Beat Fund / The Movement

Long running punk act Pepper has announced that they will be touring with The Movement and New Beat Fund.  The band continues to support their self titled effort which was released back on July 16, 2013 via Law Records

Tour dates are below.

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Pepper Releases Making Of Video Part 2

PepperLong running punk act Pepper is releasing a three-part “making of” video series about their brand new album.  The album serves as their self titled effort and was released back on July 16, 2013 via Law Records.  

Watch the second of the three videos below.

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Pepper Releases Making Of Video Part 1

PepperLong running punk act Pepper is releasing a three-part “making of” video series about their brand new album.  The album serves as their self titled effort and was released back on July 16, 2013 via Law Records.  

Watch the first of the three videos here.

Pepper - Pink Crustaceans & Good Vibrations

Pepper

Pink Crustaceans & Good Vibrations

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Rating: 1/5

 
 

 

 

Tastes tend to change over time. While I’ve never been a huge fan of Pepper, I did always enjoy their laid-back, Hawaiian flavored reggae. The records never fully capture me but were strong enough to keep me coming back, so much so that I was actually rather excited to see them at Warped Tour a few years ago. Now however, the idea of listening to a new Pepper CD filled me with dread. There was nothing wrong with it and I had yet to hear anything about it, but as soon as I saw it, Pink Crustaceans & Good Vibrations rubbed me the wrong way. From that point on I had written off the CD, and no matter how often I listened to it, they could never regain my affection.

What originally seemed fresh a few years ago has now grown stale and repetitive and Pepper seem to be riding their reggae wave into the ground. The music seems to become repetitive fast, as the same structure and tone perforate each and every song. A thick bass line with go-stop-go-stop guitar riffs and thinly placed drum beats that see the same pattern being delivered again and again fill up every song. Sometimes there’s an odd, impulsive element thrown in for good measure but they mostly stick to the same tired formula – and not even one that’s all that attracting in the first place. Rather slow and not with the pull of solid reggae, Pink Crustaceans falls flat and slips slowly into the background never to return to the forefront again. The only time they jump out at you is the faster, punkier track Blackout which sees the band just completely messing around and going crazy; but as that takes thirteen songs to get to, its rare that you actually hear it.

Lyrically, Pepper irks me once again. While it may seem somewhat hypocritical to say I dislike the lyrical content due to some of the other bands I listen to but the blatant sexual innuendos and sex references has just started to annoy me here. They did it before on all their other CDs, but never so heavily. From the title of the album to Musical 69 which has them singing “I see you there just standing, / Wondering if you know. / Later on this evening, / We’ll be head to toe. /But I aint got time to worry, / And later baby you’ll recline. / Now get yourself around me, / In the musical 69.” It just seems cheap and lazy; and the fact that they’ve succumbed to so many “woah” moments and the extreme use of choruses also makes it feel that they don’t know what to say.

With three albums under their belts already, Pepper didn’t feel the need to switch it up. They’ve put out the same record they did with KonaIn With The Old and No Shame and anyone who liked those in the past will more than likely enjoy Pink Crustaceans too. For me though, I seem to have outgrown it.

Pepper – FKARND

Long running punk act Pepper has released a lyric video for a brand new song.  The track is titled “FKARND” and will be on their self titled album which is set for a July 16, 2013 release on Law Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Pepper Announce Self Titled Album And Tour Dates

PepperLong running punk act Pepper has announced plans for the self titled record.  The disc will be handled by Law Records with a current release date of July 16, 2013.  Vocalist and Bassist Bret Bollinger comments:

“This album is basically 12 snapshots of where we are… There are songs that will remind you of your favorite Pepper songs, but by the end you’ll hear some unexpected things. You’ll realize that the songwriting is so much more refined. And there’s laughter in the background of the songs. That’s how good the vibe is on the record.”

The band also plans to head out for a West Coast tour in the summer months.  Tour dates can be found below.

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Pepper Posts Two New Songs For Download

PepperKona, Hawaii’s reggae trio Pepper have released two brand new songs – Wake Up and Mirror. The songs can be streamed or downloaded here.

Both tracks will appear on the bands’ forthcoming Law Records release, Wake Up.