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Pepper Biography

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Birth Place: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
Years Active: 1997-present
Genres: Rock, Reggae, Ska

Pepper is a rock band originally from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The band's music is often classified as a combination of reggae, dub and rock. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Kaleo Wassman, vocalist/bassist Bret Bollinger, and drummer Yesod Williams.

In 1999, after gathering a local following on the Big Island of Hawaii, Pepper gained the interest of an independent, L.A.-based record company, Volcom Entertainment. Volcom produced and distributed the band's first release, “Give'n It,” which combined dancehall, reggae, hip-hop, and pop genres.

After 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.

In March 2004 Pepper released “In With The Old,” debuting at #35 on the Billboard Heat Seekers chart and #18 on the Independent Albums chart. The band used punk keyboardist/producer Ronnie King on “In With The Old” as well as their later album, “No Shame.”

The band released their fourth album (and major label debut) entitled “No Shame” in October 2006. It features production from Nick Hexum of 311, Tony Kanal of No Doubt, and Sublime producer/ Butthole Surfers member Paul Leary. In March 2007, Pepper released “To Da Max,” their first compilation album containing rare and B-side tracks.

Pepper released an album in July 2008, entitled “Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations” on their own label, Law Records. Pepper released their EP titled “Stitches” in October 2010. A single, "Wake Up," from the album was released in June 2010 along with "Mirror."