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Feb
02
Zervas & Pepper @ Glee Club

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Jan
31
Zervas & Pepper @ Lexington

London, None, United Kingdom

London, None, United Kingdom

Jan
24
Zervas & Pepper @ Róisín Dubh

Galway, None, Ireland

Galway, None, Ireland

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Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper bring a bit of California sunshine to their native Wales with their luminous rock-pop that radiates with the glow and warmth of those classic Laurel Canyon bands which brightened the charts in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

With a shared love for the celestial choruses that elevated the West Coast sound of everyone from the Mamas And Papas to the Byrds, CSNY and Fleetwood Mac, Zervas and Pepper have been playing around the edges of the U.K. charts for several years. One Man Show comes the pair’s second album, Lifebringer, which will be released in July 2013 and stands to push their profile further into the sparkling light.

One Man Show is a dazzling number, a resplendent rocker that soars on heavenly harmonies, with its country-tinged arrangement unfurling like a sylvan symphony against a Wicker Man-like video. It’s really a terrific tune. - The UNpage


Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper bring a bit of California sunshine to their native Wales with their luminous rock-pop that radiates with the glow and warmth of those classic Laurel Canyon bands which brightened the charts in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

With a shared love for the celestial choruses that elevated the West Coast sound of everyone from the Mamas And Papas to the Byrds, CSNY and Fleetwood Mac, Zervas and Pepper have been playing around the edges of the U.K. charts for several years. One Man Show comes the pair’s second album, Lifebringer, which will be released in July 2013 and stands to push their profile further into the sparkling light.

One Man Show is a dazzling number, a resplendent rocker that soars on heavenly harmonies, with its country-tinged arrangement unfurling like a sylvan symphony against a Wicker Man-like video. It’s really a terrific tune. - The UNpage


There are some bands that can lift the atmosphere just by entering an auditorium and Zervas & Pepper are one such example. This double ‘A’ side offers a taster for their forthcoming album “Lifebringer” due out in July and if ever there was a band made for sunshine, warm weather and a feel good vibe then Zervas & Pepper are it. You can just imagine “Sure Fire Bet” blasting out of the stereo, roof down as you drive along the freeway in the warm Californian sun. Sweet vocals, solid arrangement and a killer chorus with glorious harmonies; radio gold for sure. “Jerome” offers a slightly darker mood complete with some exquisite orchestral flourishes and an intriguing lyric . Channeling music made 40 years ago is always going to be tricky and invites accusations of mimicry and pastiche. Thankfully Zervas & Pepper avoid this and with their own identity now firmly established and songs of this standard it can’t be long before they are filling music venues throughout the UK. - New Sound Wales


There are some bands that can lift the atmosphere just by entering an auditorium and Zervas & Pepper are one such example. This double ‘A’ side offers a taster for their forthcoming album “Lifebringer” due out in July and if ever there was a band made for sunshine, warm weather and a feel good vibe then Zervas & Pepper are it. You can just imagine “Sure Fire Bet” blasting out of the stereo, roof down as you drive along the freeway in the warm Californian sun. Sweet vocals, solid arrangement and a killer chorus with glorious harmonies; radio gold for sure. “Jerome” offers a slightly darker mood complete with some exquisite orchestral flourishes and an intriguing lyric . Channeling music made 40 years ago is always going to be tricky and invites accusations of mimicry and pastiche. Thankfully Zervas & Pepper avoid this and with their own identity now firmly established and songs of this standard it can’t be long before they are filling music venues throughout the UK. - New Sound Wales


This duo (and their back up team) do a great job of grabbing your interest as soon as possible with an intense barrage of sounds from the rocky guitars to the delicate harmonious voice of Zervas during the opening track of 'Buffalo Crow'.

Pepper takes the vocal reigns for the second track and gives us a similar style of singing with a lovely little song titled 'Living in a Small Town'. I've found it difficult to find the right words to describe this album, they are self proclaimed as Folk Rock in genre but to me it seems more of a style of its own.

The songs are all well written and do an excellent job of changing musical arrangements throughout the songs to avoid becoming too dull at any particular moment. Vocals and guitars make up the fore front of their music but there is an extremely large variety of back up instruments and sound that work like adding that dab of salt when cooking, enough to add more flavour but not over powering to the main taste.

It is nice that Zervas and Pepper swap as vocalist every song, it paints us a picture of a two stories running alongside each other rather than with each other, which normally I would be sceptical of but it really seems to work for these two!

What is particularly nice are the songs such as 'Water Meets Fire' where they both sing together as a duet. To hear the two vocalists separate and them hear them together is nice development through the album, as though the first four tracks were building up to that first duet.

A lovely album, the popularity of this duo speaks for itself and hopefully much more will come from them in the years to come

Paul Rawcliffe - Fatea Magazine


This duo (and their back up team) do a great job of grabbing your interest as soon as possible with an intense barrage of sounds from the rocky guitars to the delicate harmonious voice of Zervas during the opening track of 'Buffalo Crow'.

Pepper takes the vocal reigns for the second track and gives us a similar style of singing with a lovely little song titled 'Living in a Small Town'. I've found it difficult to find the right words to describe this album, they are self proclaimed as Folk Rock in genre but to me it seems more of a style of its own.

The songs are all well written and do an excellent job of changing musical arrangements throughout the songs to avoid becoming too dull at any particular moment. Vocals and guitars make up the fore front of their music but there is an extremely large variety of back up instruments and sound that work like adding that dab of salt when cooking, enough to add more flavour but not over powering to the main taste.

It is nice that Zervas and Pepper swap as vocalist every song, it paints us a picture of a two stories running alongside each other rather than with each other, which normally I would be sceptical of but it really seems to work for these two!

What is particularly nice are the songs such as 'Water Meets Fire' where they both sing together as a duet. To hear the two vocalists separate and them hear them together is nice development through the album, as though the first four tracks were building up to that first duet.

A lovely album, the popularity of this duo speaks for itself and hopefully much more will come from them in the years to come

Paul Rawcliffe - Fatea Magazine


Zervas & Pepper are attracting a lot of interest in the music press and on radio with their exquisite vocal harmonies, interesting arrangements and highly original songs.

Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper are about to release their second album, 'Lifebringer', following the success of their debut release 'Somewhere in the City' which they recorded in 2011.

The pair first met in the Toucan Club, Cardiff in their native Wales and soon decided to write and perform their own original songs as a duo. “That was a very exciting time for us,” Paul Zervas recalls. “We were still finding our feet as songwriters, pushing each other and digging ever deeper musically, determined not to be constrained by current trends in musical style. We realised we'd found our ultimate soul mates in each other. As our romance blossomed, the harmony in our music increasingly reflected the harmony in our lives – at times it felt almost otherworldly to us. And our audiences picked up on that.”

With the help of well-regarded Welsh producer Kriss Jenkins, Zervas & Pepper released an EP in 2008 and started selling out local live shows. BBC Radio Wales soon picked up on them. By 2011 the duo had a significant following and their first album was released to great acclaim and much radio airplay. 6 Music's Radcliife & Maconie, Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq were all enthusiastic - and subsequently Tom Robinson and BBC Radio 2's Janice Long and Terry Wogan have heaped praise on the pair.

'Lifebringer', the new album, includes some of Wales's finest musicians. The material – which Zervas & Pepper describe as “sunny, cosmic, retro folk rock music” - is “more of an escape from reality” than the band's previous work, Paul Zervas says. Critics have been very positive, calling it “perfect festival music” with “an exquisite sound”. Comparisons have been made with Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. But this may be misleading as it downplays the originality and beauty of the best of Zervas & Pepper's work. 'Lifebringer' is a very satisfying listen. It is well worth making the effort to see Zervas & Pepper perform live with their highly versatile and impressive current line-up including Andrew Brown on bass, Jack Egglestone on drums and Simon Kingman on lead guitar. - Penny Black Music


Zervas & Pepper are attracting a lot of interest in the music press and on radio with their exquisite vocal harmonies, interesting arrangements and highly original songs.

Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper are about to release their second album, 'Lifebringer', following the success of their debut release 'Somewhere in the City' which they recorded in 2011.

The pair first met in the Toucan Club, Cardiff in their native Wales and soon decided to write and perform their own original songs as a duo. “That was a very exciting time for us,” Paul Zervas recalls. “We were still finding our feet as songwriters, pushing each other and digging ever deeper musically, determined not to be constrained by current trends in musical style. We realised we'd found our ultimate soul mates in each other. As our romance blossomed, the harmony in our music increasingly reflected the harmony in our lives – at times it felt almost otherworldly to us. And our audiences picked up on that.”

With the help of well-regarded Welsh producer Kriss Jenkins, Zervas & Pepper released an EP in 2008 and started selling out local live shows. BBC Radio Wales soon picked up on them. By 2011 the duo had a significant following and their first album was released to great acclaim and much radio airplay. 6 Music's Radcliife & Maconie, Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq were all enthusiastic - and subsequently Tom Robinson and BBC Radio 2's Janice Long and Terry Wogan have heaped praise on the pair.

'Lifebringer', the new album, includes some of Wales's finest musicians. The material – which Zervas & Pepper describe as “sunny, cosmic, retro folk rock music” - is “more of an escape from reality” than the band's previous work, Paul Zervas says. Critics have been very positive, calling it “perfect festival music” with “an exquisite sound”. Comparisons have been made with Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. But this may be misleading as it downplays the originality and beauty of the best of Zervas & Pepper's work. 'Lifebringer' is a very satisfying listen. It is well worth making the effort to see Zervas & Pepper perform live with their highly versatile and impressive current line-up including Andrew Brown on bass, Jack Egglestone on drums and Simon Kingman on lead guitar. - Penny Black Music


Lifebringer is the second album from Cardiff based band Zervas and Pepper. If you have had the pleasure of having your life enriched by the beautiful, timeless sounds that Zervas and Pepper create then you will no doubt already be in love with this latest release. If you are new to the band then be prepared to be left with a feeling of warmth and happiness throughout your entire body, mind and soul.

As the UK is currently enjoying the hottest summer we have had for sometime, ‘Lifebringer’ is sure to provide the perfect soundtrack to summer 2013, the album is full of gorgeous melodies and harmonies that are made for a summers day. Listening to this album makes you want to get into your car, wind the windows down and go for a drive through beautiful landscapes and forget about any troubles in the world.

‘Lifebringer’ is one of those albums that will unite everyone, no matter what your usual preferred genre of music is. Like fellow Welsh band Paper Aeroplanes, Zervas and Pepper create music that can be enjoyed by everyone on the planet. From the mesmerising opening song ‘Buffalo Crow' to the closing song ‘All The World Has Changed’, the listener will be firmly fixated on every note played and every lyric being sung, drawing you into the soul of the album with its story telling lyrics.

Further standout songs on the album include ‘Living In A Small Town’ whose melodies provide the perfect companion to the vocals which deal with the subject of living life in a goldfish bowl where your every move is watched by helicopters and cameras. The way the song 'Jerome' moves from gentle vocals to dramatic strings is incredibly moving and effective and on ‘Lookout Mountain’ the vocals and gentle acoustic melodies will melt even the toughest of hearts, this is a song that makes you want to sit at a camp fire and sing under a starry night sky. “Don’t you count on the radio playing your favourite song, you’d be waiting all day” is the opening lyric to 'Sure Fire Bet'. All too often radio stations overlook so many great songs and ‘Sure Fire Bet’ is one of those songs that should be playlisted on radio stations throughout the country, let's hope they do. A further highlight, ‘One Man Show’, is a perfectly put together song showcasing exactly why Zervas and Pepper are a national treasure.

Once again Zervas and Pepper have given us an album that will never become tiresome, ‘Lifebringer’ will sound just as great in twenty years time as it does today.

Steve Tay
- AMP Magazine


Lifebringer is the second album from Cardiff based band Zervas and Pepper. If you have had the pleasure of having your life enriched by the beautiful, timeless sounds that Zervas and Pepper create then you will no doubt already be in love with this latest release. If you are new to the band then be prepared to be left with a feeling of warmth and happiness throughout your entire body, mind and soul.

As the UK is currently enjoying the hottest summer we have had for sometime, ‘Lifebringer’ is sure to provide the perfect soundtrack to summer 2013, the album is full of gorgeous melodies and harmonies that are made for a summers day. Listening to this album makes you want to get into your car, wind the windows down and go for a drive through beautiful landscapes and forget about any troubles in the world.

‘Lifebringer’ is one of those albums that will unite everyone, no matter what your usual preferred genre of music is. Like fellow Welsh band Paper Aeroplanes, Zervas and Pepper create music that can be enjoyed by everyone on the planet. From the mesmerising opening song ‘Buffalo Crow' to the closing song ‘All The World Has Changed’, the listener will be firmly fixated on every note played and every lyric being sung, drawing you into the soul of the album with its story telling lyrics.

Further standout songs on the album include ‘Living In A Small Town’ whose melodies provide the perfect companion to the vocals which deal with the subject of living life in a goldfish bowl where your every move is watched by helicopters and cameras. The way the song 'Jerome' moves from gentle vocals to dramatic strings is incredibly moving and effective and on ‘Lookout Mountain’ the vocals and gentle acoustic melodies will melt even the toughest of hearts, this is a song that makes you want to sit at a camp fire and sing under a starry night sky. “Don’t you count on the radio playing your favourite song, you’d be waiting all day” is the opening lyric to 'Sure Fire Bet'. All too often radio stations overlook so many great songs and ‘Sure Fire Bet’ is one of those songs that should be playlisted on radio stations throughout the country, let's hope they do. A further highlight, ‘One Man Show’, is a perfectly put together song showcasing exactly why Zervas and Pepper are a national treasure.

Once again Zervas and Pepper have given us an album that will never become tiresome, ‘Lifebringer’ will sound just as great in twenty years time as it does today.

Steve Tay
- AMP Magazine


Welsh duo Paul Zervas & Kathryn Pepper are back with another fine album of ‘Cosmic folk rock’. the Cardiff-based singer songwriters follow their successful 2011 debut Somewhere in the City and introduce their new band line-up on their album Lifebringer – the pair are joined by Andrew Brown on bass, Jack Egglestone on drums and Simon Kingman on lead guitar, the album also features additional guests musicians from the Principality including Jon Thomas (Aqualung) on Steel Guitar, Kris Jenkins (Super Furry Animals) on percussion and Lee Goodall on woodwind, the recording was largely laid down at the duo’s home studio with bass and drums recorded at local studio Musicbox in Cardiff.


The sounds of Laurel Canyon permeate deeply an album of original songs that draw inspiration from their travels, Kathryn says about the album “There are times when our music is a reflection of our lives but mostly we like to create an escape from reality. We wrote the bulk of this album whilst staying in LA last year, taking as much inspiration from art, music and characters we ran into as we could” and Paul adds “We’ve been somewhat selfish when it comes to the song writing for this album, certainly when it comes to subject matter, there aren’t many Welsh singer-songwriters writing material about round-eyed cult leaders, dystopian futures or mystic Indian shamans! So while not intentionally we do tend to write music that flies in the face of our everyday surroundings and lives”

The pair share vocals duties alternating lead vocals on the tracks throughout the album and combining in some lovely harmonies driving home the West Coast vibe nicely, albums can often be seasonal and this one is perfectly timed for lazy, late summer evenings with a chilled bottle of SoCals finest grape juice.
The album is released on July 22nd on Zerodeo Records and you can pick up the CD direct from the band, there are a number of dates across the UK through the summer in support of the release to look out for. - Beat Surrender


Welsh duo Paul Zervas & Kathryn Pepper are back with another fine album of ‘Cosmic folk rock’. the Cardiff-based singer songwriters follow their successful 2011 debut Somewhere in the City and introduce their new band line-up on their album Lifebringer – the pair are joined by Andrew Brown on bass, Jack Egglestone on drums and Simon Kingman on lead guitar, the album also features additional guests musicians from the Principality including Jon Thomas (Aqualung) on Steel Guitar, Kris Jenkins (Super Furry Animals) on percussion and Lee Goodall on woodwind, the recording was largely laid down at the duo’s home studio with bass and drums recorded at local studio Musicbox in Cardiff.


The sounds of Laurel Canyon permeate deeply an album of original songs that draw inspiration from their travels, Kathryn says about the album “There are times when our music is a reflection of our lives but mostly we like to create an escape from reality. We wrote the bulk of this album whilst staying in LA last year, taking as much inspiration from art, music and characters we ran into as we could” and Paul adds “We’ve been somewhat selfish when it comes to the song writing for this album, certainly when it comes to subject matter, there aren’t many Welsh singer-songwriters writing material about round-eyed cult leaders, dystopian futures or mystic Indian shamans! So while not intentionally we do tend to write music that flies in the face of our everyday surroundings and lives”

The pair share vocals duties alternating lead vocals on the tracks throughout the album and combining in some lovely harmonies driving home the West Coast vibe nicely, albums can often be seasonal and this one is perfectly timed for lazy, late summer evenings with a chilled bottle of SoCals finest grape juice.
The album is released on July 22nd on Zerodeo Records and you can pick up the CD direct from the band, there are a number of dates across the UK through the summer in support of the release to look out for. - Beat Surrender




Review by: Nick Dent-Robinson
Record Label: Zeroded Records
Website: www.zervasandpepper.com
Star Rating: *****



LIFEBRINGER

Zerves & Pepper are attracting a lot of interest in the music press and on radio with their exquisite vocal harmonies, interesting arrangements and highly original songs. Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper have now released their second album, LIFEBRINGER, following the success of their debut release SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY which they recorded in 2011. The pair first met in the Toucan Club, Cardiff in their native Wales and soon decided to write and perform their own original songs as a duo. Determined from the outset never to be constrained by current musical styles, the two pushed each other to dig ever deeper musically. With the help of well-regarded Welsh producer Kriss Jenkins, Zervas & Pepper released an EP in 2008 and started selling out local live shows. BBC Radio Wales soon picked up on them. By 2011 the duo had a significant following and their first album was released to great acclaim and much radio airplay. 6 Music's Radcliffe & Maconie, Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq were all enthusiastic-and subsequently Tom Robinson and BBC Radio 2's Janice Long and Terry Wogan have heaped praise on the pair.

LIFEBRINGER, includes some of Wales' finest musicians. The material is more of an escape from reality than the band's previous work. It is perfect festival music and Zervas & Pepper have achieved an exquisite, at times really lyrical, sound. Comparisons have been made with Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. But this description may be misleading as it downplays the originality and beauty of the best of Zervas & Pepper's work. LIFEBRINGER is a very satisfying listen. Though it is also well worth making the effort to see Zervas & Pepper perform live with their highly versatile and impressive current line-up including Andrew Brown on bass, Jack Egglestone on drums and Simon Kingman on lead guitar. - Maverick Magazine




Review by: Nick Dent-Robinson
Record Label: Zeroded Records
Website: www.zervasandpepper.com
Star Rating: *****



LIFEBRINGER

Zerves & Pepper are attracting a lot of interest in the music press and on radio with their exquisite vocal harmonies, interesting arrangements and highly original songs. Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper have now released their second album, LIFEBRINGER, following the success of their debut release SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY which they recorded in 2011. The pair first met in the Toucan Club, Cardiff in their native Wales and soon decided to write and perform their own original songs as a duo. Determined from the outset never to be constrained by current musical styles, the two pushed each other to dig ever deeper musically. With the help of well-regarded Welsh producer Kriss Jenkins, Zervas & Pepper released an EP in 2008 and started selling out local live shows. BBC Radio Wales soon picked up on them. By 2011 the duo had a significant following and their first album was released to great acclaim and much radio airplay. 6 Music's Radcliffe & Maconie, Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq were all enthusiastic-and subsequently Tom Robinson and BBC Radio 2's Janice Long and Terry Wogan have heaped praise on the pair.

LIFEBRINGER, includes some of Wales' finest musicians. The material is more of an escape from reality than the band's previous work. It is perfect festival music and Zervas & Pepper have achieved an exquisite, at times really lyrical, sound. Comparisons have been made with Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. But this description may be misleading as it downplays the originality and beauty of the best of Zervas & Pepper's work. LIFEBRINGER is a very satisfying listen. Though it is also well worth making the effort to see Zervas & Pepper perform live with their highly versatile and impressive current line-up including Andrew Brown on bass, Jack Egglestone on drums and Simon Kingman on lead guitar. - Maverick Magazine


Riding along on waves of captivating harmonic intent, we are immediately lulled into the warm and steely universe that Zervas And Pepper yield forth. It’s a universe of cathedral-sized banks of melodic ascent and sun-kissed luminosity. Lifebringer is Z&P’s second collection of West Coast bliss and it sets in stone their place as the prime purveyors of 21st century folk/rock/pop.
Here is a recording that is bathed in an embalming transcendent warmth Jerome soar’s into the aethyr with a string hook so infectious it would make Van Dyke Parks quiver at the knees with its ascension. ‘Living In A Small Town’ evokes a Ladies Of The Canyon yearning that takes you right into the heart of some wistful rustic landscape. Whilst Lookout Mountain is a master degree in structured and refined beauty. On ‘All The World Has Changed’ everything rolls along with such a sweet incandescent motion it would make Miss J Mitchell blush – then suddenly the song bursts into the cosmos with an earth shattering coda that lays all in awe at its wake. Herein all is a masterful evoking of time and place set to lush soundscape’s, that sweep up all in their polished perfection.
All in all Zervas And Pepper evoke the heady spirit of incense-filled hazy Californian dreaming and combine it with a contemporary nous and sense of pop dynamic’s. No other harmonic troubadours come close to their time capsule bottling of pristine melodic mastery and sheer songsmith strength.
Lifebringer is aptly titled. It is something that affirms a state of grace, a glowing statement of almost celestial beauty within a cosmic shimmering landscape in which we can forever drift through an ocean of emotional escalation and all-encompassing sonic joy. - Shindig Magazine


Riding along on waves of captivating harmonic intent, we are immediately lulled into the warm and steely universe that Zervas And Pepper yield forth. It’s a universe of cathedral-sized banks of melodic ascent and sun-kissed luminosity. Lifebringer is Z&P’s second collection of West Coast bliss and it sets in stone their place as the prime purveyors of 21st century folk/rock/pop.
Here is a recording that is bathed in an embalming transcendent warmth Jerome soar’s into the aethyr with a string hook so infectious it would make Van Dyke Parks quiver at the knees with its ascension. ‘Living In A Small Town’ evokes a Ladies Of The Canyon yearning that takes you right into the heart of some wistful rustic landscape. Whilst Lookout Mountain is a master degree in structured and refined beauty. On ‘All The World Has Changed’ everything rolls along with such a sweet incandescent motion it would make Miss J Mitchell blush – then suddenly the song bursts into the cosmos with an earth shattering coda that lays all in awe at its wake. Herein all is a masterful evoking of time and place set to lush soundscape’s, that sweep up all in their polished perfection.
All in all Zervas And Pepper evoke the heady spirit of incense-filled hazy Californian dreaming and combine it with a contemporary nous and sense of pop dynamic’s. No other harmonic troubadours come close to their time capsule bottling of pristine melodic mastery and sheer songsmith strength.
Lifebringer is aptly titled. It is something that affirms a state of grace, a glowing statement of almost celestial beauty within a cosmic shimmering landscape in which we can forever drift through an ocean of emotional escalation and all-encompassing sonic joy. - Shindig Magazine


The second album by Welsh folk/harmony duo Zervas & Pepper finds the pair combining the sound minted on their British folk inspired debut with the golden FM sounds of 1970s California.

Comprised of Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper, Lifebringer in keeping with their live shows places the two singer’s voices front and centre, alternating lead vocal duties while the other supplies harmonies. While their impressive concerts have recently featured just the two musicians, on record the pair augment their acoustic driven missives with lapsteel, sympathetic string arrangements and light-limbed rhythm section, allowing the songs to fully blossom.

Relocating to write the bulk of the album in LA, the city is strongly invoked on the record, eleven breezy meditations on life that hark back to singer-songwriter totems Joni Mitchell and James Taylor alongside Fleetwood Mac and the gentle psychedelia of Buffalo Springfield. Creating the effect of flicking through radio stations whilst driving down the coast of The Golden State, the LP evokes a languid afternoon in sun-kissed CA.

Along with the aforementioned other figureheads of the era also loom large as opening track ‘Buffalo Crow’ title and all is a dead ringer for the sound minted on Crosby, Stills and Nash’s classic eponymous debut.

Recent single, the string laden ‘Jerome’, the tale of a father warning his son to leave the small town of his birth for the bright lights of the big city is a standout moment as is ‘Living In a Small Town’, replete with phased lap steel accompaniment redolent of The Notorious Byrd Brothers.

The opening lyric of ‘Lookout Mountain’ contains the clearest lyrical nod to the locale, ‘So I find you in the canyon/And I walk a mile in your shoes’ a nod to Laurel Canyon, address of the artists that inspires much of the disc. In contrast ‘Ghost Dancer’ is the most ‘English’ sounding cut, a plaintive folk cut, embellished with eddying flute accompaniment.

The album’s lead single ‘One Man Show’ meanwhile boasts the pronounced influence of 1970s period Fleetwood Mac, the lyrics reminiscent of the Stevie Nicks' authored tracks on Rumours. Closing with the gently regretful ‘All the World Has Changed’, which builds into a massed chorus of ‘And when you wake/You will remember’ the album's eleven tracks clock in at a concise 39 minutes.

Sensibly released right in the middle of the festival season, Lifebringer proves to be a sparkling soundtrack to long afternoons out of doors, British weather permitting.
- Bearded Magazine


The second album by Welsh folk/harmony duo Zervas & Pepper finds the pair combining the sound minted on their British folk inspired debut with the golden FM sounds of 1970s California.

Comprised of Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper, Lifebringer in keeping with their live shows places the two singer’s voices front and centre, alternating lead vocal duties while the other supplies harmonies. While their impressive concerts have recently featured just the two musicians, on record the pair augment their acoustic driven missives with lapsteel, sympathetic string arrangements and light-limbed rhythm section, allowing the songs to fully blossom.

Relocating to write the bulk of the album in LA, the city is strongly invoked on the record, eleven breezy meditations on life that hark back to singer-songwriter totems Joni Mitchell and James Taylor alongside Fleetwood Mac and the gentle psychedelia of Buffalo Springfield. Creating the effect of flicking through radio stations whilst driving down the coast of The Golden State, the LP evokes a languid afternoon in sun-kissed CA.

Along with the aforementioned other figureheads of the era also loom large as opening track ‘Buffalo Crow’ title and all is a dead ringer for the sound minted on Crosby, Stills and Nash’s classic eponymous debut.

Recent single, the string laden ‘Jerome’, the tale of a father warning his son to leave the small town of his birth for the bright lights of the big city is a standout moment as is ‘Living In a Small Town’, replete with phased lap steel accompaniment redolent of The Notorious Byrd Brothers.

The opening lyric of ‘Lookout Mountain’ contains the clearest lyrical nod to the locale, ‘So I find you in the canyon/And I walk a mile in your shoes’ a nod to Laurel Canyon, address of the artists that inspires much of the disc. In contrast ‘Ghost Dancer’ is the most ‘English’ sounding cut, a plaintive folk cut, embellished with eddying flute accompaniment.

The album’s lead single ‘One Man Show’ meanwhile boasts the pronounced influence of 1970s period Fleetwood Mac, the lyrics reminiscent of the Stevie Nicks' authored tracks on Rumours. Closing with the gently regretful ‘All the World Has Changed’, which builds into a massed chorus of ‘And when you wake/You will remember’ the album's eleven tracks clock in at a concise 39 minutes.

Sensibly released right in the middle of the festival season, Lifebringer proves to be a sparkling soundtrack to long afternoons out of doors, British weather permitting.
- Bearded Magazine


Summer’s here so pop the album in the car player, wind down the window and bask in that Laurel Canyon sunshine. Yes, even in 2013.
Because Welsh duo Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper have captured the sound and the spirit of the Woodstock generation on an album that shamelessly takes cues from late 1960s California.
Bookended by CSNY clones Buffalo Crow and All The World Has Changed, it’s a set infused with warm harmonies, pedal steel and soft summery rock and roll.
There are switches from major to minor chords, the occasional sound of a flute, just enough grumbling guitar to stop it from feeling at all twee.
Standout track Jerome, the tale of a father warning his son to leave the small town of his birth for the bright lights of the big city, adds sweet strings.
Lookout Mountain continues that Laurel Canyon vibe, even name-checking the laidback locale famous for its music and arts crowd back in the day.
One Man Show fast forwards further, recalling Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac. Ghost Dancer crosses the Atlantic with a feel familiar to anyone who ever bought a Matthews Southern Comfort album.
At the close the aforesaid All The World Has Changed opens up into the mantra “And when you wake, you will remember” but it ends all too quickly after three or four refrains.
In live concert it’ll doubtless extend in the same way as Hey Jude.
Check the watch and you’ll find that the set’s only lasted 39 minutes – but it may just be the best half-hour or so you’ll hear this year.
It is the duo’s second album, following on from Somewhere In The City which they recorded back in 2011.
The pair first met in the Toucan Club, Cardiff and decided to write and perform their own original songs as a duo – shades of The Civil Wars.
“That was a very exciting time for us,” says Zervas. “We were still finding our feet as songwriters, pushing each other and digging ever deeper musically, determined not to be constrained by current trends in musical style.
“We realised we’d found our ultimate soulmates in each other. As our romance blossomed, the harmony in our music increasingly reflected the harmony in our lives – at times it felt almost otherworldly to us.
“And our audiences picked up on that.”
With the help of Welsh producer Kriss Jenkins, Zervas & Pepper released an EP in 2008 and started selling out local live shows. BBC Radio Wales soon picked up on them.
By 2011 the duo had a significant following and their first album was released to great acclaim and much radio airplay. 6 Music’s Radcliife & Maconie, Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq were all enthusiastic.
More recently Tom Robinson, Janice Long and, er, Terry Wogan have heaped praise on the pair too.
Brit Awards beckon.
- Still got the fever


Summer’s here so pop the album in the car player, wind down the window and bask in that Laurel Canyon sunshine. Yes, even in 2013.
Because Welsh duo Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper have captured the sound and the spirit of the Woodstock generation on an album that shamelessly takes cues from late 1960s California.
Bookended by CSNY clones Buffalo Crow and All The World Has Changed, it’s a set infused with warm harmonies, pedal steel and soft summery rock and roll.
There are switches from major to minor chords, the occasional sound of a flute, just enough grumbling guitar to stop it from feeling at all twee.
Standout track Jerome, the tale of a father warning his son to leave the small town of his birth for the bright lights of the big city, adds sweet strings.
Lookout Mountain continues that Laurel Canyon vibe, even name-checking the laidback locale famous for its music and arts crowd back in the day.
One Man Show fast forwards further, recalling Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac. Ghost Dancer crosses the Atlantic with a feel familiar to anyone who ever bought a Matthews Southern Comfort album.
At the close the aforesaid All The World Has Changed opens up into the mantra “And when you wake, you will remember” but it ends all too quickly after three or four refrains.
In live concert it’ll doubtless extend in the same way as Hey Jude.
Check the watch and you’ll find that the set’s only lasted 39 minutes – but it may just be the best half-hour or so you’ll hear this year.
It is the duo’s second album, following on from Somewhere In The City which they recorded back in 2011.
The pair first met in the Toucan Club, Cardiff and decided to write and perform their own original songs as a duo – shades of The Civil Wars.
“That was a very exciting time for us,” says Zervas. “We were still finding our feet as songwriters, pushing each other and digging ever deeper musically, determined not to be constrained by current trends in musical style.
“We realised we’d found our ultimate soulmates in each other. As our romance blossomed, the harmony in our music increasingly reflected the harmony in our lives – at times it felt almost otherworldly to us.
“And our audiences picked up on that.”
With the help of Welsh producer Kriss Jenkins, Zervas & Pepper released an EP in 2008 and started selling out local live shows. BBC Radio Wales soon picked up on them.
By 2011 the duo had a significant following and their first album was released to great acclaim and much radio airplay. 6 Music’s Radcliife & Maconie, Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq were all enthusiastic.
More recently Tom Robinson, Janice Long and, er, Terry Wogan have heaped praise on the pair too.
Brit Awards beckon.
- Still got the fever


Zervas and Pepper (9/10) opened the Mountain stage on an overcast Saturday afternoon and eased the audience into the third day with elegant melodic riffs and soft, heavenly vocal harmonies. It is hard not to feel completely relaxed listening to this modernised folk-inspired set. The combination of the rustic acoustic guitar, clean wisps of the keyboard and the subtle yet prominent licks of the electric guitar (all performed effortlessly) creates this unique sound. They really have proven that their slot on the main stage is well and truly deserved - VirtualFestivals.com


Zervas and Pepper (9/10) opened the Mountain stage on an overcast Saturday afternoon and eased the audience into the third day with elegant melodic riffs and soft, heavenly vocal harmonies. It is hard not to feel completely relaxed listening to this modernised folk-inspired set. The combination of the rustic acoustic guitar, clean wisps of the keyboard and the subtle yet prominent licks of the electric guitar (all performed effortlessly) creates this unique sound. They really have proven that their slot on the main stage is well and truly deserved - VirtualFestivals.com


Zervas and Pepper are a Welsh singer-songwriter duo – you may have heard their latest single ‘Jerome’ being promoted by Lauren Laverne on her 6music show just the previous day. An atmospheric slice of country rock straight outta the 1970s, ‘Jerome’ is named after the eponymous Arizona town, a place which neatly summarises the music’s windswept desolation. The obvious reference point for the combination of acoustic and electric guitars, and the mid-tempo vibe is Neil Young’s ‘After the Gold Rush’ period; there’s a touch of psychedelia in the spacey reverbs and multi-layered backing vocals that previously Young had the exclusive rights to – not anymore! What’s most impressive is how genuine the sound of giant-sky Americana being conjured actually is, considering the protagonists aren’t from round those parts. ‘Somewhere In The City’ is a brilliant primer as to the power of Z&P – a beautiful acoustic guitar intro, those fantastically widescreen vocals throughout, and even a flute solo all add up to a beautifully atmospheric piece as good as anything released in the 1970s by proper Americans in big cowboy hats. (4/5)
- There goes the fear


Zervas and Pepper are a Welsh singer-songwriter duo – you may have heard their latest single ‘Jerome’ being promoted by Lauren Laverne on her 6music show just the previous day. An atmospheric slice of country rock straight outta the 1970s, ‘Jerome’ is named after the eponymous Arizona town, a place which neatly summarises the music’s windswept desolation. The obvious reference point for the combination of acoustic and electric guitars, and the mid-tempo vibe is Neil Young’s ‘After the Gold Rush’ period; there’s a touch of psychedelia in the spacey reverbs and multi-layered backing vocals that previously Young had the exclusive rights to – not anymore! What’s most impressive is how genuine the sound of giant-sky Americana being conjured actually is, considering the protagonists aren’t from round those parts. ‘Somewhere In The City’ is a brilliant primer as to the power of Z&P – a beautiful acoustic guitar intro, those fantastically widescreen vocals throughout, and even a flute solo all add up to a beautifully atmospheric piece as good as anything released in the 1970s by proper Americans in big cowboy hats. (4/5)
- There goes the fear


Some artists just fit with certain situations. With the recent heatwave across the UK, Zervas and Pepper couldn’t have picked a better time to release their second album, 'Lifebringer'. Written in LA and packed with the breezy West Coast harmonies that made their debut a critical favourite - earning radio play on Radio 2, 6Music and more - it’s a record which drips with sunshine.

To celebrate the release, the couple, along with their band, played a small album launch to 150 or so lucky people at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach, including fans who were among the first to pre-order the album. Shows like this can often be slightly awkward affairs, lacking that bond between band and fan, but the easy-going, witty demeanour of both Kath Pepper and partner Paul Zervas engaged everyone from the off.

As is to be expected from an album launch, the vast majority of the set is new material, given an extra kick live as the songs are brought to life. Jerome has been receiving plaudits for a while now, while less familiar tracks, like the gentle folk of Lookout Mountain, show off the beautiful blend of vocals that has become their trademark.

Living In A Small Town has an edgier feel to it and pushes the attention to Zervas and Pepper's lyrical talents. While their songs rarely have much of a personal feel, their stories are skilfully told and there are signs that Lifebringer will see their writing come to the fore.

The band jump into their early EPs for a few tracks, and King Of The Skies sees guitarist Simon Kingman rip into an old school rock solo while all six of the band become completely lost in the music. Get Gone, another EP track, has Kingman strap on a Strat for a Mark Knopfler-esque riff that has heads bobbing across the room.

Back on 'Lifebringer', Hobo's Ticket allows Andrew Brown, on bass, and Jack Egglestone, on drums, to show off the rhythm section, while the set closes fittingly with the final track of the album, All The World Has Changed. The close-knit vibe is then emphasised further by Pepper pointing everyone to the merch stand, which is manned by her parents.

While some will point out easy comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, particularly with Pepper sounding more like Stevie Nicks than Nicks does these days, that would do a disservice to the progression made from their early EPs and debut album.

Despite some clear influences, there is more originality here than you may first notice. Zervas And Pepper’s own description of the new album probably sums it up best: “sunny, cosmic, retro folk rock”. It’s a very good collection, but this is a band you have to see live to fully get your head around their sound.
- Stereoboard


Some artists just fit with certain situations. With the recent heatwave across the UK, Zervas and Pepper couldn’t have picked a better time to release their second album, 'Lifebringer'. Written in LA and packed with the breezy West Coast harmonies that made their debut a critical favourite - earning radio play on Radio 2, 6Music and more - it’s a record which drips with sunshine.

To celebrate the release, the couple, along with their band, played a small album launch to 150 or so lucky people at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach, including fans who were among the first to pre-order the album. Shows like this can often be slightly awkward affairs, lacking that bond between band and fan, but the easy-going, witty demeanour of both Kath Pepper and partner Paul Zervas engaged everyone from the off.

As is to be expected from an album launch, the vast majority of the set is new material, given an extra kick live as the songs are brought to life. Jerome has been receiving plaudits for a while now, while less familiar tracks, like the gentle folk of Lookout Mountain, show off the beautiful blend of vocals that has become their trademark.

Living In A Small Town has an edgier feel to it and pushes the attention to Zervas and Pepper's lyrical talents. While their songs rarely have much of a personal feel, their stories are skilfully told and there are signs that Lifebringer will see their writing come to the fore.

The band jump into their early EPs for a few tracks, and King Of The Skies sees guitarist Simon Kingman rip into an old school rock solo while all six of the band become completely lost in the music. Get Gone, another EP track, has Kingman strap on a Strat for a Mark Knopfler-esque riff that has heads bobbing across the room.

Back on 'Lifebringer', Hobo's Ticket allows Andrew Brown, on bass, and Jack Egglestone, on drums, to show off the rhythm section, while the set closes fittingly with the final track of the album, All The World Has Changed. The close-knit vibe is then emphasised further by Pepper pointing everyone to the merch stand, which is manned by her parents.

While some will point out easy comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, particularly with Pepper sounding more like Stevie Nicks than Nicks does these days, that would do a disservice to the progression made from their early EPs and debut album.

Despite some clear influences, there is more originality here than you may first notice. Zervas And Pepper’s own description of the new album probably sums it up best: “sunny, cosmic, retro folk rock”. It’s a very good collection, but this is a band you have to see live to fully get your head around their sound.
- Stereoboard


It says a lot about a festival when its most rock’n’roll moment is provided courtesy of James Blunt. The former army officer staged dived into the crowd at the end of his set at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park — a rare moment of exuberance in an event as parent-friendly as a Come Dine With Me boxset.

Leave all pretensions of coolness at the gate, however, and there was plenty of fun to be had here.

Over at the BBC Introducing stage, Zervas & Pepper brought the sunny sounds of California to a rainy west London — despite the fact the band actually hail from Cardiff. The harmony-laden Cigar Store Indian nodded to Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain, while Sure Fire Bet sounded like the song to propel them to bigger stages.

On a bill that included the likes of Jack Johnson and Smokey Robinson, the politicised indie-rock of the Manic Street Preachers seemed strangely out of place. As a peace offering, frontman James Dean Bradfield offered up a rendition of Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ on My Head. However, his voice, usually as indestructible as a cockroach, sounded surprisingly weak.

Elsewhere, Josh Groban had the lungs for the main stage but sadly not the tunes. A little known Scottish outfit called Texas played a stripped-down version of Dry Your Eyes (accompanied by coiffed crooner Richard Hawley), while Jessie J was irritating between songs but enjoyable during them.

It was Blunt, though, who stole the show. Pilloried by the press for his privileged background and edge-free pop, he found a sympathetic audience here. You’re Beautiful cued a mass singalong and 1973 had hands clapping all the way to the back: it’s not very rock’n’roll, but I like it. - London Evening Standard


It says a lot about a festival when its most rock’n’roll moment is provided courtesy of James Blunt. The former army officer staged dived into the crowd at the end of his set at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park — a rare moment of exuberance in an event as parent-friendly as a Come Dine With Me boxset.

Leave all pretensions of coolness at the gate, however, and there was plenty of fun to be had here.

Over at the BBC Introducing stage, Zervas & Pepper brought the sunny sounds of California to a rainy west London — despite the fact the band actually hail from Cardiff. The harmony-laden Cigar Store Indian nodded to Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain, while Sure Fire Bet sounded like the song to propel them to bigger stages.

On a bill that included the likes of Jack Johnson and Smokey Robinson, the politicised indie-rock of the Manic Street Preachers seemed strangely out of place. As a peace offering, frontman James Dean Bradfield offered up a rendition of Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ on My Head. However, his voice, usually as indestructible as a cockroach, sounded surprisingly weak.

Elsewhere, Josh Groban had the lungs for the main stage but sadly not the tunes. A little known Scottish outfit called Texas played a stripped-down version of Dry Your Eyes (accompanied by coiffed crooner Richard Hawley), while Jessie J was irritating between songs but enjoyable during them.

It was Blunt, though, who stole the show. Pilloried by the press for his privileged background and edge-free pop, he found a sympathetic audience here. You’re Beautiful cued a mass singalong and 1973 had hands clapping all the way to the back: it’s not very rock’n’roll, but I like it. - London Evening Standard



Real-life couple Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper offer a gentle soundtrack to the modern experience; so gentle that it has won the approval of Sir Terry Wogan. “Absolutely wonderful,” Sir Terry says of this harmonising two-piece from Cardiff, and he’s right. Lifebringer follows in the tradition of Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Crosby, Stills & Nash while having enough originality to reflect the lives of its creators. Zervas & Pepper met at the Toucan Club, a venue in Cardiff. Love blossomed, and out of their tender union did a shared fondness for the golden age of mellow acoustic folk-rock reveal..... - The Times



Real-life couple Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper offer a gentle soundtrack to the modern experience; so gentle that it has won the approval of Sir Terry Wogan. “Absolutely wonderful,” Sir Terry says of this harmonising two-piece from Cardiff, and he’s right. Lifebringer follows in the tradition of Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Crosby, Stills & Nash while having enough originality to reflect the lives of its creators. Zervas & Pepper met at the Toucan Club, a venue in Cardiff. Love blossomed, and out of their tender union did a shared fondness for the golden age of mellow acoustic folk-rock reveal..... - The Times



Making an effort to get to the gig on the basis of a single song can be a gamble. Sometimes though there is good reason to be thankful for where you live, as a local gig reduces the gamble element, and sometimes it’s just one song but with a brief interview that makes it clear it’s a gamble you can’t afford not to take. This is definitely the latter.

Support act the Only Poets are already on when I get in. One electric guitar and one acoustic, sometimes one vocal and sometimes two. When it’s two voices is when it works best for my liking and for a first gig it’s a decent start.

In the remaining limited standing room only, the room fills a tiny bit fuller, the temperature goes up another couple of degrees and in the humidity of the massing crowd, guitar strings start to go out of tune. There’s a degree of anticipation in the high summer air and I’m sure I’m not the only one brought to the gig entirely due to having heard that one song being played by Radcliffe and Maconie on 6music.

Paul Zervas is James Taylor from the Mud Slide Slim album cover circa 1971, before JT started needing a hat. Kathryn Pepper is Stevie Nicks by way of Emma Atkins, long before Stevie got into the heavy self-medication. Paul sounds like the Neil Young of Pocahontas charming his way out of a fistfight with Gram Parsons. Kathryn has the warmer, fuller voice of Natalie Merchant or Trisha Yearwood taking on Emmylou Harris and just coming out on top. I've been trying to put my finger on who she most sounds like and it could be Rindy Ross. In any case, the important thing is it's a sound I really like.

Z&P start off with a couple of tunes sung to the accompaniment of Paul’s guitar, then the stage fills with five more musicians and the sound level goes up several notches, sitting somewhere in between the driving rhythms of Jackson Browne and the summery rock of The Eagles. There's ample space for a bit of slide guitar, and the electric guitar solo that fills that space comes in perfectly for six or eight bars and leaves, never over-staying its welcome.

I could keep mentioning more influences for the next half hour but for all the influences are plain to see, it would still be difficult to call it derivative. The he sings\she sings\they sing variations keep everything moving along nicely, the repeating short loop of film projected on the screen behind them reminds the crowd, as if there should be the remotest doubt, of Z&P’s love for West Coast Americana harmony vocal folk-rock and there’s a gentle tingle of special in the air.

At times Paul looks surprised to see that many people turn out but never overwhelmed by the crowd. The dynamic between the couple is one of obvious mutual trust, something that doesn’t happen overnight, and their faith in the other musicians around them looks well placed – again for a first gig in a full band format it’s a hugely promising start.

For an hour or so, the impending rain outside and the too many signs advertising those big sporting events, you know the ones, all disappear and we are on a beach in California or we are on a road trip out into Joshua Tree (nothing to do with tax-avoiding, perma-hatted, er, that lot). Or as in the encore that follows the preview showing of the new video, we are coming into Los Angeles, bringing in a couple of keys. But never off-key.

Why should you listen to Zervas and Pepper? I've got the album and the purple ep on heavy rotation right now, but you can just give this fresh new video a go and see for yourself. - Across the great divide



Making an effort to get to the gig on the basis of a single song can be a gamble. Sometimes though there is good reason to be thankful for where you live, as a local gig reduces the gamble element, and sometimes it’s just one song but with a brief interview that makes it clear it’s a gamble you can’t afford not to take. This is definitely the latter.

Support act the Only Poets are already on when I get in. One electric guitar and one acoustic, sometimes one vocal and sometimes two. When it’s two voices is when it works best for my liking and for a first gig it’s a decent start.

In the remaining limited standing room only, the room fills a tiny bit fuller, the temperature goes up another couple of degrees and in the humidity of the massing crowd, guitar strings start to go out of tune. There’s a degree of anticipation in the high summer air and I’m sure I’m not the only one brought to the gig entirely due to having heard that one song being played by Radcliffe and Maconie on 6music.

Paul Zervas is James Taylor from the Mud Slide Slim album cover circa 1971, before JT started needing a hat. Kathryn Pepper is Stevie Nicks by way of Emma Atkins, long before Stevie got into the heavy self-medication. Paul sounds like the Neil Young of Pocahontas charming his way out of a fistfight with Gram Parsons. Kathryn has the warmer, fuller voice of Natalie Merchant or Trisha Yearwood taking on Emmylou Harris and just coming out on top. I've been trying to put my finger on who she most sounds like and it could be Rindy Ross. In any case, the important thing is it's a sound I really like.

Z&P start off with a couple of tunes sung to the accompaniment of Paul’s guitar, then the stage fills with five more musicians and the sound level goes up several notches, sitting somewhere in between the driving rhythms of Jackson Browne and the summery rock of The Eagles. There's ample space for a bit of slide guitar, and the electric guitar solo that fills that space comes in perfectly for six or eight bars and leaves, never over-staying its welcome.

I could keep mentioning more influences for the next half hour but for all the influences are plain to see, it would still be difficult to call it derivative. The he sings\she sings\they sing variations keep everything moving along nicely, the repeating short loop of film projected on the screen behind them reminds the crowd, as if there should be the remotest doubt, of Z&P’s love for West Coast Americana harmony vocal folk-rock and there’s a gentle tingle of special in the air.

At times Paul looks surprised to see that many people turn out but never overwhelmed by the crowd. The dynamic between the couple is one of obvious mutual trust, something that doesn’t happen overnight, and their faith in the other musicians around them looks well placed – again for a first gig in a full band format it’s a hugely promising start.

For an hour or so, the impending rain outside and the too many signs advertising those big sporting events, you know the ones, all disappear and we are on a beach in California or we are on a road trip out into Joshua Tree (nothing to do with tax-avoiding, perma-hatted, er, that lot). Or as in the encore that follows the preview showing of the new video, we are coming into Los Angeles, bringing in a couple of keys. But never off-key.

Why should you listen to Zervas and Pepper? I've got the album and the purple ep on heavy rotation right now, but you can just give this fresh new video a go and see for yourself. - Across the great divide


This is the debut album from songwriters Paul Zervas & Kath Pepper who are Cardiff based, although if you had told me they were from Laurel Canyon and this album was recorded in 1971 I would have believed you. The songs are sun drenched, powerfully melodic and contain harmonies to die for. Wearing their influences clearly on your sleeve isn't always advisable and there is no escaping the band has been influenced by artists such as James Taylor, the Eagles and CSN. However, with the likes of Midlake and Fleet Foxes referencing UK acts from the late 60s why shouldn't a band from Wales emulate their American influences? This is not, however, a mere tribute act. Zervas & Pepper have some strong material and songs such as " Running solo " and " Somewhere in the city " are well constructed, strong on melody and perfect for radio. Zervas & Pepper are not too dissimilar to Paper Aeroplanes who are currently in the ascendancy. I see no reason why Zervas & Pepper shouldn't follow in their slip stream on the upward trajectory. - New Sound Wales


This is the debut album from songwriters Paul Zervas & Kath Pepper who are Cardiff based, although if you had told me they were from Laurel Canyon and this album was recorded in 1971 I would have believed you. The songs are sun drenched, powerfully melodic and contain harmonies to die for. Wearing their influences clearly on your sleeve isn't always advisable and there is no escaping the band has been influenced by artists such as James Taylor, the Eagles and CSN. However, with the likes of Midlake and Fleet Foxes referencing UK acts from the late 60s why shouldn't a band from Wales emulate their American influences? This is not, however, a mere tribute act. Zervas & Pepper have some strong material and songs such as " Running solo " and " Somewhere in the city " are well constructed, strong on melody and perfect for radio. Zervas & Pepper are not too dissimilar to Paper Aeroplanes who are currently in the ascendancy. I see no reason why Zervas & Pepper shouldn't follow in their slip stream on the upward trajectory. - New Sound Wales


At the end of a tremendous week, in which overcast skies dissipated and something happened in London, Zervas and Pepper celebrated the launch of their new single by taking a parched, eager audience on an unforgettable trans-Atlantic journey.

Despite the battened streets of Cardiff, the upper floor of Clwb filled. Initially settling ourselves comfily on the floor, as is the folk tradition, the squeeze of a sell-out gig forced those at the front to their feet.

Only Poets – aka Owen Bowley and Dave Morris – a new partnership formed from the remnants of Whistling Biscuits, entered the tranquillity with some beautifully constructed a capella lullabies. Complimenting their vocal accords with only an acoustic and electric guitar, their stripped down airs took on fluctuating dimensions and observed, elegiac lyrics.

The real pull, however, were the captivatingly gorgeous Zervas and Pepper, who proceeded to immerse us in their Laurel Canyon style folk. As this was a special occasion, they recruited a full band to fill out their sun drenched Californian harmonies, whose powerful inflections lulled us into an appreciative awe.

With a projector visually narrating a journey across the deserts and highways of western America, their set was riddled with new songs, treating the bulging crowd to a truly unique experience. New single Buffalo Crow equals recent hit Cigar Store Indian in memorable hooks, as I found myself inadvertently whistling it throughout the next day. Allowing themselves a breather in order to gauge a response for their new video, filmed for single One Man Show, we enjoyed a typically hedonistic insight into a summer solstice day, complete with camper vans and countryside dinners.

A truly sublime blend of folk styles, Zervas and Pepper come as proof of the talent and diversity coming out of this city. They may have eyes on America, but they have certainly earned a hometown fan base.

Words: Dom Gilbert

www.zervaspepper.co.uk - Miniture Music Press


At the end of a tremendous week, in which overcast skies dissipated and something happened in London, Zervas and Pepper celebrated the launch of their new single by taking a parched, eager audience on an unforgettable trans-Atlantic journey.

Despite the battened streets of Cardiff, the upper floor of Clwb filled. Initially settling ourselves comfily on the floor, as is the folk tradition, the squeeze of a sell-out gig forced those at the front to their feet.

Only Poets – aka Owen Bowley and Dave Morris – a new partnership formed from the remnants of Whistling Biscuits, entered the tranquillity with some beautifully constructed a capella lullabies. Complimenting their vocal accords with only an acoustic and electric guitar, their stripped down airs took on fluctuating dimensions and observed, elegiac lyrics.

The real pull, however, were the captivatingly gorgeous Zervas and Pepper, who proceeded to immerse us in their Laurel Canyon style folk. As this was a special occasion, they recruited a full band to fill out their sun drenched Californian harmonies, whose powerful inflections lulled us into an appreciative awe.

With a projector visually narrating a journey across the deserts and highways of western America, their set was riddled with new songs, treating the bulging crowd to a truly unique experience. New single Buffalo Crow equals recent hit Cigar Store Indian in memorable hooks, as I found myself inadvertently whistling it throughout the next day. Allowing themselves a breather in order to gauge a response for their new video, filmed for single One Man Show, we enjoyed a typically hedonistic insight into a summer solstice day, complete with camper vans and countryside dinners.

A truly sublime blend of folk styles, Zervas and Pepper come as proof of the talent and diversity coming out of this city. They may have eyes on America, but they have certainly earned a hometown fan base.

Words: Dom Gilbert

www.zervaspepper.co.uk - Miniture Music Press


Discography

------ALBUM RELEASES-------
'Somewhere in the City' (2011 Debut Album)
'LIFEBRINGER' (2013)

------SINGLE / EP RELEASES-----
'Living in a small town' (2013 single release)
'Jerome' (2013 single release)
'Sure Fire Bet' (2013 single release)
'Buffalo Crow' (2012 Single release)
'One Man Show' (2012 Single release)
'Winter Forever' (2012 Single release)
'Cigar Store Indian' (2012 Single release)
'Zervas & Pepper EP 2 (2010)
'Zervas & Pepper' (EP 2009)

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Bio

'Zervas & Pepper' are Welsh Folk Rock Duo Paul Zervas & Kathryn Pepper, Currently making a big impact on UK national Radio stations BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Wales and continuing to carve a solid reputation as one of the UK's most exciting live acts. The pair discovered one another while performing clubs in their home town of Cardiff as solo singer/songwriters. Finding they had a shared love of the 'West Coast Harmony Sound' Zervas & Pepper began writing and recording together.
Developing their own brand of evocative harmony driven Folk-Rock and Celtic Prairie-Pop Z&P's elegantly crafted songs transport their audience with escapist narrative and soaring melodies, Gentle folk and acoustic pickery to all-out cosmic Rock.
Under their own independent label 'Zerodeo Records' Z&P released 2 introductory EPs in 2009/10 respectively and in Spring 2011 the duo finally released their long-awaited debut album 'Somewhere in the City'. Almost immediately the single releases from that album 'Startin' Over' and 'John Collins' started garnering several playlist inclusions from BBC Radio Wales, YLEX Finland and further plays at BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2 with their final single 'Cigar Store Indian' leading to appearances on the popular BBC 6 Radcliffe & Maconie show and a live session/interview on BBC Radio 2's 'Wake up to Wogan' show.
As a live act Z&P spent the latter half of 2011 and throughout 2012 performing shows as both an acoustic 3 piece and a full 7 piece band Including sell-out performances in their hometown of Cardiff, performances at Wales popular Green Man/Swn Festivals and Providing support shows for the likes of 'Judy Collins', 'The Webb Sisters', 'The HIgh Llamas', 'Matracia Berg' and 'Ethan Johns'. After this run of dates the band then joined tthe roster of international booking agency 'Art & Industry', Joining the likes of Joanna Newsom, Julian Cope and Mogwai. Z&P returned to the studio and then released two singles 'One Man Show' and 'Buffalo Crow' from what was to be the follow-up second album to their increasingly popular debut. Word continued to spread and with a string of live dates in late 2012 Zervas & Pepper moved on to the next stage in their exciting upwards trajectory, with a live in-session appearance on the popular Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music show and a then undertook a full UK tour supporting Canadian songstress Lindi Ortega in Feb 2013. Z&P kept busy during spring and summer 2013 performing at major UK festivals including Glastonbury, Green Man, Goldcoast and Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park with Legendary tastemaker DJ Bob Harris introducing the band. With the duos breakthrough 2nd album released late summer 'LIFEBRINGER' to mounting critical acclaim,With glowing reviews by publications including 'The Times','Uncut Magazine', Record Collector' and 'Guitarist' and the resulting singles from the release 'Sure Fire Bet' being playlisted by both BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Wales, And singles 'Living in a small town' and 'Jerome' all receiving national radio support. Z&P will undertake their first UK headline tour in Sept, And a also string of shows in India after being asked to perform as part of the prestigious NH7 Festival, Sharing the bill with acts such as Nile Rodgers and Chic and 'Dry the River'. With a clutch of new material in the offing and further live dates booked in the UK and Ireland at the start of next year, Already 2014 looks set to bring even bigger things for Zervas & Pepper.