Pepper Sands
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Pepper Sands

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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After a five-year wait, the follow-up album to the Peppersands' debut is finally upon us, and not a moment too soon. Although the Pepper Sands are easily one of the more respectable modern power-pop songwriting forces Vancouver has to offer, it would seem that they're still shadowed away from the national love they truly deserve, and let's hope the lasting impression of 'Forest Strays' changes that. From the infectious opener "What U Really Need", through "The Lonely Kind" and all the way to the 10th track "Another Lesson" the band - lead by the lovably eccentric heartbreaker Citizen A - shows us all that there's so much life and love and heart left to be found in modern twists on the tried-and-true four-chord pop-rock jackhammer. if CFOX can't get their shit together and trade the crown of Mad King Kroeger for the benevolent tiara of Good Queen Andrea (long may she reign over us), then its obvious that Jay O'Neill has indeed outlived his usefulness and needs a one-way Beaufort Sea cruise on an unheated ice floe. While we're waiting for Jay to succumb to the cruel elements, we can warm ourselves with repeated listenings of 'Forest Strays'. 2007 is turning out to be a very good year for Vancouver releases. -Ferdy Balland, Nerve Magazine - Nerve Magazine


"For a major label debut, Pepper Sands self-titled record shines with the polish of the numerous veteran alternative rock acts that so obviously influence it. Seems like this Vancouver quartet has been carefully listening to most of modern rocks finest from the last decade. Lead-off track, "Win Big Lose More (Cherries Jubilee)," shows you what a Shirley Manson-fronted Foo Fighters would sound like, with its heavy riffs, poppy melodies and singer Citizen As girlie-but-ballsy vocals (think Avril Lavignes older sister!). Hints of Brit-pop will warm the hearts of still-grieving Lush fans on "Speak Too Soon," while the shoegaze-y indie pop of "Myth" references everything that was cool about mid-90s alt-darlings, Velocity Girl. Youve got to like a band that knows how to swap girl/boy vocals with ease and use them oh-so-sweetly when harmonizing. And get ready to dance on the super boppy "Forever Wonder" that sounds like Neko Case singing lead for One Chord-era Sloan. Nice. Pepper Sands seem to have taken all the best parts of their favourite bands and put together a radio-friendly, catchy debut that surprises you and sticks in your head all day." -- Brian Pascual, Chartattack - Chart Magazine


Looks are deceiving. And first impressions don't always hold true. With their spunky black-white-and-red comic book cover art and short, tight, hyperactive tunes, Pepper Sands might give you the impression they're a modern-day new wave group, updating the carefree magic of the Go-Go's. The Vancouver quartet certainly come charging out of the gate with plenty of amped-up frustration and good time kicks. But somewhere in the middle of their debut album, the band that has opened for 54-40, Sleater-Kinney and Matthew Good slow down ever so slightly and begin opening up. The staccato pop bursts of "WIN BIG LOSE MORE (cherries jubilee)" or "Speak Too Soon" give way to the moodier introspection of "Myth," "Touch Apart" and "Make No Mistake." Singer Citizen A layers her vocals in lush echoes and even shuts down to a whisper. Guitarist Jay Slye rolls off the aggressive opening riffs and begins painting the night sky with ringing tones reminiscent of U2's the Edge. Atmosphere adds depth and the lined images on the cover transform into full portraits. The acres of lyrics on the album's insert, taking up literally every panel except the cover, express the views of a band hooked on love and forever trying to figure out a way past the inevitable pain. Except where a less literal band might stick with a few cloying phrases -- and drill an obnoxious, overdone hook into your head -- Pepper Sands opt to tell the story like an interior monologue where the brain must decide what thoughts to keep and which to discard. The effect is sometimes maddening, sometimes endearing, like that late night radio DJ who has had too much caffeine and proceeds to speak in circles through the endless night. You keep thinking you should turn it off and get your own head straight, but you keep wondering where it's all going to end up. In Pepper Sands' case, it adds up to a spirited pop debut that suggests the band is going to get much weirder as time goes on. review from beer.com - Beer.com


Discography

1998 : Pepper Sands is founded in Vancouver
2000 : "Welcome to..." EP charts on Canadian College Radio
2000 : "So Fine" video directed by William Morrison
2002 : "Pepper Sands" album produced by Tridon & Dave Genn, licensed and distributed by Universal Music Canada
2002 : "WIN BIG, LOSE MORE" video directed by William Morrison airs on Much Music and MTV Canada
2003 : "So Fine" airs on Much Music and MTV Canada
2007 : "Forest Strays" released independently in May
2010 : Currently working on third full length titled 'Marmalade' in Vancouver with producers Hayes Fisher and Adam Sabla (Junior Major, The Good News, Adjective)

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Pepper Sands, a powerhouse quartet based in Vancouver BC, completed their sophomore album "Forest Strays" in 2007. A 10 track semi concept effort is produced, engineered and mixed by Jay Evjan at JMP Studios, "Forest Strays" is a bold and creative offering from one of Canada's favorite pop/rock outfits.

Citizen A's vocals on this record vary from the angelic "Moody Park" to the decidedly bratty "U don't say". Guitarist Jay Slye truly flexes his legendary skills as the "sound scientist" taking unexpected 'trips' in the psychedelic "Big Brain" (a real treat live). Derek Macdonald (Keyboards) has really left his prints on this record, going between carnivalesque "the won't express" to the subtle treatment of the rocker "Faster, Faster". Adam's consistently surprising creativity flows through the drum arrangements and tastefully heavy slow-fills. All in all, "Forest Strays" does not disappoint.

Pepper Sands have always managed to present themselves and their classic songwriting as their own world of atmospheric inspiration (all butterflies and dusty diaries). This long awaited follow up to 2002's "Pepper Sands" is exciting and definitely an irresistible puzzle. Pepper Sands have started 2010 recording the follow up to 'Forest Strays' entitled 'Marmalade'. With the tracks 'High School High and 'Monster's Muse', 'Marmalade' promises to be another exciting chapter in this young bands future...