Pepper – Local Motion Review
By Elberton Cisnero
Pepper is at it again with their 8th full length studio album Local Motion. A trio rock band originally from Kona, Hawaii. Local Motion is a celebration of the groups Hawaii roots and Ohana spirit. Recorded at Great Stone Studios and their own studio, Kona Town Recording, Pepper approached this record in a more stripped-down approach to production in comparison to previously released albums. A return to their reggae rock roots and collaborations with longtime friends gives this release a special nostalgic sound. The album features 10 tracks and special guests include: Stick Figure, E.N. Young, and Micah Brown of Iration.
“Warning” (Ft. Stick Figure)” opens the ten-song album. Wassman’s vocals and guitar are a strong as ever with Bolinger and Williams laying down the reggae influence groove. Stick Figure make a guest appearance on the track, his vocal/speaking tone adds a nice touch. The song is relaxed and flows through many sections, melodies and feels. Pepper is known for their hip reggae riffs and this track is no exception. The band sounds strong and focused, the result of twenty plus years of working and touring together.
Pepper brings a mellow mood to “Candy.” With a familiar melody, the trio builds the song with a reggae feel. The lyrics speak of love and the risk and rewards involved in that sweet emotion. The three-vocalist blend well, in both unison and in harmony. There is a sound or two borrowed from the electronica genre, but always in taste and it adds to the overall sound of the track. The melody of this tune is so addictive. It is tunes like “Candy” that has allowed Pepper to build a cult following with their hypnotic punk, rock, and reggae influence sound.
Local Motion will leave you in a state of bliss, the energy of the album is filled with joy, and is built on the roots of the bands sound. The additive of special guest makes for a worthwhile collaboration only deepening the overall recipe for the album. Pepper is the spice that is seasoned with comradery and great music. A welcomed tasty listen.
Release Date: June 28, 2019
Label: LAW Records