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Pepper

Pepper: No ShameNo Shame (2006)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 2


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Sublime. As if you thought this site couldn't mention possibly mention them more these days, there I go. Don't worry, this isn't another Sublime reissue or tribute album, it's just Pepper, a band who sound an awful lot like them. SoCal by way of Kona, Hawaii, the trio plays reggae-pop-rock glossed-o.
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Sublime. As if you thought this site couldn't mention possibly mention them more these days, there I go. Don't worry, this isn't another Sublime reissue or tribute album, it's just Pepper, a band who sound an awful lot like them. SoCal by way of Kona, Hawaii, the trio plays reggae-pop-rock glossed-over, and will leave your mind numb. Whether that is your thing or not, it's gonna happen. Originally discovered by Volcom, this marks the band's fourth full-length and major label debut.

So every review of old Pepper albums I've found, including the two here on our site, mention Sublime up the wazoo, and with good cause. Singer Kaleo Wassman's vocals are as smooth as Brad Nowell's, and the rhythm section of Bret Bollinger on bass and Yesod William on drums lay just as solid a groove. Yet unlike Sublime, they do not mix it up as much with tempos or attitude -- Pepper just lay back and relax the whole record through. Things don't get 'punk' ever, with no double-time beats or fast tempos to speak of and no snarling or attitude. I would hesitate to even call any of this ska, because it is just so laid back.

"Good Enough" brings distortion into the upbeats and gives off a 311 vibe, funny since Nick Hexum was one of the many producers on the album. Single "No Control" also gives off this vibe with its slightly faster bouncy tempo alternating between upstroke verses and distorted choruses, laid below a catchy and silky vocal line. The standout track on the disc for me would be "Nice Time," which breaks the tempo rut with this toe-tapper and its chorus with a gentle synth line mixing with the relaxed hook of the vocals.

Most of this long album stays in the same groove, but it is a solid groove so what stands out the most are the stinkers. The stuttering "Like Your Style" could only have been done with drum machines, as it can't decide what note-subdivision it wants to utilize with its genuinely awkward rhythms. It settles in, but besides breaking the mold of the record previous with use of synths instead of their usual instruments, it kinda stinks. The band's attempts to be 'dangerous' or 'naughty' are just pathetic. "Point and Shoot" talks of "pussy-lickin'" and suggests to "lick your lips / shake your hips / cause that's the shit" all over really crappy distorted guitar. Was that worth the 'Parental Advisory'? Also, the skits are not funny; an "Intro Skit" at the END of the CD? Hi-larious.

Not a bad party record, No Shame is something to sway along to but not remember afterwards. As far as Sublime followers go, Pepper are solid at what they do. It just doesn't get me too excited.

 

 
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damnitsderek (March 23, 2007)

Pretty sad when you have to resort to gay jokes in your argument to defend a band.

feeeding5000 (March 22, 2007)

Wow...Paul shouldn't be posting on punknews. I though one of the criteria of listening to punk music was having your own personal bullshit detector. I guess he don't got one. Also, the only people who defend jock assholes are jock assholes themselves...and conservative intellectuals (that's right, football players and George Will are one and the same).

Anonymous (March 22, 2007)

Paul: go die.

signed,

the gay community as a whole

ilikepunkrock (March 22, 2007)

Paul I really don't care if you have been into punk longer than me, that doesn't mean you deserve respect or you are entitled to something. I am just pissed because of society as a whole, the punk community who think it is cool to be a dick, and I just dislike mainstream music now a days is so horrible it is amazing.

Anonymous (March 22, 2007)

Shame they stole their art off of Cute Is What We Aim for, Shame both bands suck.

Scruffy (March 22, 2007)

"the 311 hate, while warranted, should be saved for a later time. What is needed right now is some ripping on Pepper."

I think there's not a lot of Pepper hate because a lot of us have been fortunate* enough not to hear them.

*I use the word fortunate because, if they do indeed sound like 311 and/or Sublime, that's what I am for not having heard them.

Anonymous (March 22, 2007)

the 311 hate, while warranted, should be saved for a later time. What is needed right now is some ripping on Pepper.

StrizzMatik (March 22, 2007)

311 = good band, GREAT live
Pepper = shamelessly terrible Sublime rip-off

Holy_Balls (March 22, 2007)

"wow. a band you can hate it you love or hate sublime."

SCORE IS FOR THAT COMMENT!

MikeStupid (March 21, 2007)

Sublime was great, this band is lame, 311 are terrible.

Score is for me and my opinions.

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

Shut up Dante... I mean Paul.

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

i like it, but i wish it had more of a surf vibe to it, like some of the lyrics were more about rippin up the waves and stuff

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

"I can argue all day, but your vastly overblown response proves that you're so far in this novelty jock-core band's pocket that I can never win you. I guess I just don't smoke enough weed to get their "jams"."

that really was great, i had to read it twice.

Paul

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

as for 'whats happening to punk rock and this site?' from 'ilikepunkrock' i'm not sure dude, but i can tell you that i'm probably older than you, probably have been into punk longer than you and probably have been coming to this site longer as well. in case you're wondering i'm 26, been into punk since 93 and been coming to this site since 2000. as for whats happening to punk, not sure, the same shit thats been happening to it since the 70's. its evolving, it goes mainstream then goes back underground, bands get more talented, bands still keep it real, bands sell out, band stick to the roots of the genre, bands exploit it. same ol same ol. and all the while non-homophobic people make jokes that get taken the wrong way on the internet and nobody cares.

Paul

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

hahahaha i can respect that scruffy. i am a pot head too, so your stereotypes are pretty spot on for the 311 fan base. just sayin the fan base for punk bands suck just as bad in a different way.

as for me being a homophobe, all i can say is oh shit oh fuck its dicks to suck so bend me down i'll pucker up! (brenden kelly)

Paul

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

this band and 311 are both terrible.

ilikepunkrock (March 21, 2007)

Anything this Paul guy said went out the window when he typed that joke, seriously, what is happening to punk rock and this site.

Scruffy (March 21, 2007)

Yeah, I don't dislike Limp Bizkit or 311 for whether they're positive or negative. And your insult DOES prove that you see homosexuality as something with a very negative stigma, or you wouldn't use it to insult someone you disagree with. What you said is a world different than using the word "gay" as a synonym for "stupid". You used actual homosexuality as an insult. Way to go.
I can argue all day, but your vastly overblown response proves that you're so far in this novelty jock-core band's pocket that I can never win you. I guess I just don't smoke enough weed to get their "jams".

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

and even if I was homophobic, how would that make my opinion null and void? isn't saying something like that just as close mindes as being homophobic?

Paul

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

oh lord, I should have known the 'if you say gay you're a homophobic meathead frat jock' punk rock unity ethic bullshit rhetoric would rear its predictable head after my last couple posts. I was making an ironic joke and if you don't get that you're a dope.

Paul

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

Paul obviously considers homosexuality to be some sort of negative stigma which makes his opinion null and void and he probably fits right in with all those 311 frat-stoner douches.

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

oh, and there's lots of very hot girls at 311 shows. scruffy doesn't care about that, but don't worry, theres plenty of hot frat guys there for you cupcake.

Paul

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

Scruffy, dont' get so up in arms that I like 311, its not the end of the world. and yes, 6 years ago they had Shaq in one of their videos. that was lame, but the band are huge Lakers fans (at the time Shaq was still a Laker) and he agreed to be in their video. I don't see the big deal?

and the band is lightyears better than limp bizkit. i shouldnt even have to point that out, anyone with a half a brain and that has heard more than 'down' knows that. the vibe is completely different, 311 are all about being positive and unity, no violent 'tough guy' lyrics can be found in any of their songs other than a few on their first couple albums, all of which came out over 10 years ago. name me one 'tough guy' 311 song that sounds like limp bizkit that has come out in the past 10 years and i'll consider your opinion as more than that of a little highschool boy spouting off on the internet.

and yea a lot of tools listen to 311, frat rock or whatever, a lot of tools listen to every form of music, the same goes for most punk bands

when was the last time you went to a punk show and didn't see a shitload of tools but instead of frat shirts they're wearing safety pins, porkpie hats, and patches all over a salvation army hoodie?

still tools, still just as gay as a frat guy, just as elitist and sXe hardcore kids have always been worlds more meatheaded than frat guys. i'll take a 311 crowd over a 'punk rock' crowd anyday.

311 have been around for 14 years, have 8 albums, and even though they haven't had a big hit in years they still bring in about 7,000 people to a show. why? because they're fucking amazing live and iv'e seen hundreds of different bands live.

and yea, kona town is peppers best album.

Paul

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

Is it just me, or is that album artwork terrible? One arm looks shorter than the other, although that might just be the lack of depth.

Anonymous (March 20, 2007)

Score is for limp bizkit

Scruffy (March 20, 2007)

Your sentence does not make any sense whatsoever.

Anonymous (March 20, 2007)

wow. a band you can hate it you love or hate sublime.

Scruffy (March 20, 2007)

I can kinda sorta maybe understand the unfounded misplaced love that a lot of you have for Sublime. But 311? Are you all seriously THAT retarded? You do realize they're about 1 degree better than Limp Bizkit?

theyounginfluential (March 20, 2007)

Here's the thing: if i hear that Santeria song one more time I will end my life.

nocigar (March 20, 2007)

ripping off sublime is like ripping off dance moves from a retarded kid who is also deaf.

Damn, you are an asshole, aren't you?

ashtraymonument (March 20, 2007)

i agree that kona town is far superior to the rest of their albums.

PatThetic (March 20, 2007)

kona town is an awesome album

all the rest suck

Anonymous (March 20, 2007)

score is for 311 and this band combined; lame quasi-stoner, tough guy bands.

i guess if i had to listen to frat rock this is better than nickelback.

-sweetsugarpezz

danperrone (March 20, 2007)

311's still one of the best bands around and puts on a hell of a live show

and if they worst they can do is have shaq in a video, then that's pretty great...shaq is the man, who wouldn't want to have him in their video?

Scruffy (March 20, 2007)

Yes, this band is nowhere near as good as a band that had Shaq in their video.

You don't know that I'm referring to 311. I could be talking about Aaron Carter.

Anonymous (March 20, 2007)

please, please, please dont' compare this band to 311. Yes, nick hexum produced about half the album at 311's Hive studios and yes they've toured with 311, but thats where it stops. If 311 sounded like this, I wouldn't consider myself much of a 311 fan. 311 has worlds more talent and different styles they can pull off effectively (rap rock/funk/rock/reggae) whereas these guys just sound like a sublime cover band. they have their moments, "bring me along" and as the reviewer pointed out "nice time" are both outstanding tracks, as good if not better than sublime, but thats about it. they're ok, I'd rather here a sublime knock off than a hawthorne senses saiosin chemical used under oath from first to last romance knock off any day and they're solid live if not a bit over the top with the meat headedness (these dudes look like they stepped right off the set of mtv maui fever) but they're from hawaii and last I checked you're alowed to have an ego if you're from hawaii in a national touring band. Lord knows I would. most people on here would hate this though, it does not sound anything like avail, dead to me, dillenger 4, the lawrence arms, none more black, lifetime, fugazi or jawbreaker.

Paul

Anonymous (March 20, 2007)

total crap. And i must say...sublime is one of the most overated bands EVER. If the dude didn't die from drugs he would have never been some kind of icon. Every sublime cd has a few "okay" songs and then the rest are just plain messy crap. The fact that this band tries so hard to emulate them is unbelievably sad. Yuck

but thats just my opinion

Hey_Asshole (March 20, 2007)

sublime ripoff band #54699874

ripping off sublime is like ripping off dance moves from a retarded kid who is also deaf.

Ianw (March 20, 2007)

This would be sweet if I liked to pop my collar and date rape chicks in the frat house.

This shit is beyond lame.

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