Pepper is a rock band with three members, two originally from Hawaii, and one from California. Now the band is based in San Diego. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Kaleo Wassman, vocalist/bassist Bret Bollinger, and drummer Yesod Williams. Since the band’s formation they have released five studio albums as well as one live album. They are currently managed by David “Beno” Benveniste’s Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group.
After years of 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. Criticism was given to the poor quality of the release due to band member’s drug use and accusations of copying Sublime. The track “Give It Up” was released as a single. Pepper continued to tour throughout 2003 and into 2004, including dates with 311 and Snoop Dogg, along with appearances at the annual Bob Marley Birthday celebration, San Diego’s Festival “Street Scene”, and a U.S. tour with Slightly Stoopid.
In March 2004 Pepper released In With The Old, and got to No. 35 on the Billboard Heat Seekers and No. 18 on the independent albums chart. The album was recorded at 311’s completely analog Hive Studios by board master Ron St. Germain (Bad Brains, Living Colour, 311, Tool, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden), the album showcases a broader range of influences shared by the trio. The band used punk keyboardist/producer Ronnie King on In With The Old as well as their later album, No Shame.
Beginning on July 20, 2006, Pepper supported 311 along with The Wailers on their U.S. tour. In August 2006, Jägermeister announced that Pepper & Slightly Stoopid would headline the annual Jägermeister Musictour through December 2006.
The band released their fourth album (and minor label debut) entitled No Shame on October 3, 2006. It features production from Nick Hexum of 311, Tony Kanal of No Doubt, and Sublime producer/ Butthole Surfers member Paul Leary. A music video was shot for the single “No Control”.