OA: Rock Bands back at Mesa Theater Jan. 8

A month off and then it’s back at it for Pepper, a reggae rock band from Southern California.

The second leg of the band’s “Here Comes the Law Tour” commences Friday, Jan. 2.

The three-piece band plays in Grand Junction on Thursday, Jan. 8, with The Supervillians and Passafire at Mesa Theater and Club. It’s an all-ages show.

For the first round of the tour, Pepper played a series of United Kingdom dates, and on this leg it will play in Southwest markets and along the Pacific coast, Colorado, Utah and Idaho.

“We’re super-psyched to get back (to Colorado) because we’re doing all the ski towns,” Pepper drummer Yesod Williams said. “Colorado has always been good to us.”

Pepper originally formed in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, before relocating to California.

“Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations,” the band’s fifth studio release, came out in August 2008 on Pepper’s own label, Law Records.

“It’s the first album where we’ve had complete control over it ... just controlling our own destiny,” Williams said.

The band previously was affiliated with Volcom Entertainment.

Frequently compared to the band Sublime, Pepper credits Fugazi as an influence as well as old-school rock and metal bands.

Some songs on “Pink Crustaceans” have a poppy, dance feel that reflects the energy of the band’s live performances.

Williams said Pepper fans are very energetic and passionate.

He said the band’s live performances are “all super-spontaneous. We don’t make a set list, we just feed off the crowd pretty much. The crowd makes our set list.”

Pepper guitarist Kaleo Wassman, bassist Bret Bollinger and Williams have been friends since high school. Another one of their high school friends has designed the album art for every
record they’ve released.

Playing in a band with close friends is a great experience, Williams said. “It’s great because we get to travel the world with friends, like a constant field trip.”

Pepper has sold over 400,000 records independently. The band’s publicist recently announced that Pepper’s song “Your Face” from the 2006 album “No Shame” will be included in a free trio of downloadable songs for Activision’s “Guitar Hero World Tour” video game.

For more information about Pepper, check out http://www.pepperlive.com or http://www.myspace.com/pepperlive.


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