Music Scene: Pepper, The Movement
By Matthew Godbey | Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Formed on its native Hawaii in 1997, Pepper rose to prominence on the mainland as an alt-rock trio with heavy reggae and surf-rock influences, displaying a preference for playing live rather than recording.
The band toured for nearly three years before releasing its debut, “Give’n It,” in 2000. Almost immediately, Pepper was embraced by audiences who had developed an ear for brighter, faster rock music following the success of bands such as Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt.
But while the people found positives with Pepper, critics relished in bashing the band for being Sublime rip-offs, unoriginal and overly dedicated to partying rather than performing.
Undeterred by the critic backlash, Pepper forged ahead, releasing four more full-length albums over the next eight years. The band also did what it had become known for: It toured.
Pepper appeared on several legs of the Vans Warped Tour throughout the 2000s and has toured with the likes of Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion), Less Than Jake and others.
The trio also co-headlined the Jagermeister Music Tour with Pennywise and performed at the Sunset Strip Music Festival with Ozzy Osbourne in 2009.
Pepper spent 2010 touring with The Offspring and 311 in support of their latest recording, “Stitches EP.”
Pepper will perform Tuesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Jordan Miller.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 the day of the show (a $3 surcharge at the door applies to anyone under age 21).
Tickets are available at the Music Farm box office or online at etix.com. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Go to musicfarm.com or call 577-6989.
It’s an unlikely place for a reggae band to originate, Columbia, the landlocked capitol city nearly 1,000 miles from the genre’s birthplace of Jamaica, but assumptions and doubts are things that have never bothered The Movement.
The band began developing around 2003 after friends Josh Swain and Jordan Miller started writing and recording songs together.
As their songs evolved, the duo sought to expand its numbers and take their act before a live audience.
Audiences responded so positively to the new quartet’s alt-rock-influenced reggae that the band was able to tour regularly and perfect its live shows.
Bigger acts began to take notice of the young band, and soon such names as G. Love & Special Sauce, 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, The Wu Tang Clan and others were sharing the stage with The Movement.
Swain and Miller eventually relocated the band to Philadelphia and began working closely with G. Love’s studio, Philadelphonic, on a new album, 2008’s “Set Sail.”
Miller departed from the band in April, leaving Swain the sole original member and frontman. The band’s latest album, “One More Night,” was released earlier this year.
The Movement will perform Sunday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with Treehouse.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online.
Doors open at 9 p.m.
Go to the-windjammer.com or call 886-8596 for more information.