CD REVIEW: Pepper "Stitches"

Punk rock reggae artist Pepper is back with a short collection of new songs, adding to their intense catalogue with four new tracks that familiar and catchy. "Wake Up" and "Mirror" are destined to join the ranks of their previous hits as staples amongst the band's live shows and countless surf rock playlists. Pepper have a unique way of combining their SoCal sound with their Hawaiian roots so as not to sound like a Sublime ripoff, and on this EP they begin to show maturity along with their continued creativity. Their lyrics are fun as usual, and they musicianship is evident on the acoustic version of "Mirror" that is also included. This may just be a tease from the boys from Kona, but it definitely whets the appetite for a new Pepper full length album.