Kona Town

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
From Blondie to the Police to the Clash, plenty of rockers have been influenced by reggae over the years -- and that isn't counting all the ska-punk bands that emerged in the '80s and '90s. Pepper certainly isn't the first band to blend alternative rock, punk, and reggae, but while the Hawaiian trio's second album, Kona Town, isn't groundbreaking, it is definitely above average -- not to mention quite likable. Although not innovative, Pepper isn't one of those faceless, cookie-cutter ska-punk combos that sets out to emulate the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but isn't nearly as impressive. Pepper is smart enough to do its own thing, and that means having an attractive sound ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
From Blondie to the Police to the Clash, plenty of rockers have been influenced by reggae over the years -- and that isn't counting all the ska-punk bands that emerged in the '80s and '90s. Pepper certainly isn't the first band to blend alternative rock, punk, and reggae, but while the Hawaiian trio's second album, Kona Town, isn't groundbreaking, it is definitely above average -- not to mention quite likable. Although not innovative, Pepper isn't one of those faceless, cookie-cutter ska-punk combos that sets out to emulate the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but isn't nearly as impressive. Pepper is smart enough to do its own thing, and that means having an attractive sound that could be described as the Police by way of Steel Pulse by way of punk-pop. Overall, the tunes on this Steve Kravac-produced disc are memorable; when accessible tunes like "B.O.O.T" and "The Good Thing" are playing, one cannot help but admire Pepper's sense of melody. This trio doesn't use angst for the sake of angst to grab your attention -- Pepper obviously sees the value of a memorable hook and a straightforward, easy-to-absorb melody. It is clear that Pepper's three members have spent a lot of time listening to '70s and early-'80s reggae; although Bret Bollinger bass, vocals, Kaleo Wassman guitar, vocals, and Yesod Williams drums belong to rock's post-Baby Boomer generation, this CD recalls a time when many punk and new wave artists were seriously checking out reggae greats like Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, and Peter Tosh. Kona Town isn't recommended to reggae purists, but those who hold alternative rock, punk, and reggae in equally high regard will find a lot to appreciate about this release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Volcom Entertainment
  • UPC: 689640000221
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 7,548

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Good Thing (0:26)
  2. 2 Stone Love (4:14)
  3. 3 Dry Spell (3:55)
  4. 4 Face Plant (3:19)
  5. 5 Tradewinds (4:16)
  6. 6 Stormtrooper (5:27)
  7. 7 Ho's (3:27)
  8. 8 B.O.O.T. (4:08)
  9. 9 Give It Up (3:21)
  10. 10 Sitting on the Curb (3:02)
  11. 11 Too Much (3:24)
  12. 12 Tongues (3:35)
  13. 13 Office (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pepper Primary Artist
Steve Kravac Percussion
Ronnie King Keyboards
Josh Fischel Vocals
Willie Waldman Horn
Kaleo Wassman Guitar, Vocals
Bret Bollinger Bass, Vocals
Yesod Williams Drums
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Steve Kravac Producer, Engineer
Pepper Producer
Ben Brough Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy this Album!

    This is a must have for any ska/reggae freak. It rates up there with 40oz to freedom. Great hip-hop/reggae beats and the lyrics are money.

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