Jay Allen Sanford 12:09 p.m., May 24
RIYL: Sprung Monkey, Shot Out Hoods, Slightly Stoopid, the Expendables
Breaking News“FKARND,” the first single from the reggae rock band's upcoming self-titled sixth full-length, is now available online.
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- Blurt · June 30, 2005
Current Status: Now based in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
Influences: Slightly Stoopid, the Supervillians, Fishbone, Sublime, Passafire, Rust, Sprung Monkey, Rocket from the Crypt
"He's the man," says Pepper drummer Yesod Williams about L.A. DJ "Jed the Fish," who got his station (KROQ-FM) to play the reggae/rock trio's "Give It Up." That airplay spurred other stations across the country to play the song, which in turn launched a label bidding war over the band (which includes guitarist Kaleo Wassman and bassist Bret Bollinger).
"There were, like, five labels," says Williams. "Columbia, Interscope, Maverick...we went with Lava/Atlantic because they only release, like, 13 records a year. Capitol releases, like, 300." Lava gave the band a three-album deal.
"Nowadays, no one gets huge advances," admits Williams. "But we're happy with the deal, to say the least."
Pepper moved to Vista from Hawaii in 1999, eventually landing a deal with Volcom Entertainment. They started working with Matt Phillips of Silverback Management (Slightly Stoopid, Fishbone) in 2003. Phillips took "Give It Up" -- originally released in 2002 -- to KROQ.
"It was similar to 'Date Rape' by Sublime," says Phillips. "That song was around for three years until it took off [via radio airplay]." The 2007 Warped Tour included Pepper and fellow locals As I Lay Dying.
Their self-titled sixth full-length was previewed in May 2013 by a single for "FKARND."