Far From Kona Town: Pepper at House of Blues This Friday

by Courtney Brown

Pepper will bring its sweet sounds of summer to the House of Blues, San Diego on Friday Oct. 18.

The boys of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii have a way of connecting their widely diverse audience through the band’s unique sound of reggae punk rock and oceanic vibes. It’s nearly impossible to resist the urge to get up and dance throughout every track on “To Da Max” or belt out every word of “Give it Up,” no matter how many awkward looks it may attract. That’s why Pepper fans of all walks of life have been anticipating the band’s latest, self-titled album.

The new album accentuates the band’s redefined self-identity, which reflects in each cord on every track. While the band broadens its sonic territory, the identifiable party anthems, boisterous rhythms and catchy melodies remain consistent. Kaleo Wassman’s vocals still melt listener’s mind and sunshine, saltwater and laughter linger on every lyric. Even on the gloomiest of days, all one needs to do is pop in a Pepper album and instantly feel the sand on their toes accompanied by an island breeze.

From “Give’n It” in 2000 to its 2006 standout album “No Shame,” Pepper has branded an idiosyncratic type of music, as well as a lifestyle. Its melodic, funky jams remind fans that life is nothing but a dance floor and to embrace every moment of it. This Friday, the band invites San Diegans to find their beach at the House of Blues for a show that will be anything but boring.

Information about Pepper can be found at pepperlive.tumblr.com

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