The Pepper Pots gives a step forward with its new album “NOW!”
A new sound, a new look and a new horizons show a band in constant progress. As usual, they attend to every little detail and take care more than ever its “Old School” sound, inspired in the old dusty vinyl records from the Motown, Stax or Studio One classic sound.
“NOW!”, contains a collection of good tunes full of strength and feeling. It offers a luxury production from the hand of the New Yorker Binky Griptite (Dap-Kings, Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse…) Surrounded by the best professionals, the album has be recorded between Musiclan & Dubway Studios (Manhattan), analogically mixed in Brooklyn and finally mastered at Trutone Mastering Labs in New York. “NOW!” is an indispensable album for any black music lover.
After more than 200 concerts, The Pepper Pots has made vibrate public from all over the world: Tokyo, Osaka, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, Moscow, Helsinki, Vienna, Verona, Prague, Bern, Barcelona, Madrid… playing in the most relevant festivals like 22nd SummerJam Reggae Festival (Cologne - Germany), Rock for People (Hradec Králové - Czech Rep.), BAM Festival (Barcelona), Black Music Festival (Girona), among others.
Its success has gone beyond frontiers and they have already turned into a European benchmark.
The Pepper Pots have been the stars at South by Southwest 2009, a Festival which was the starting point for a tour on the West Coast.
The Pepper Pots recorded their debut album after two years exploring their old influences sound, “Swingin’ Sixties” (2004), later released by the Japanese label Disk Union.
Their second work left on 2007: “Shake It!”. The album counted with the featuring of the legendaries The Pioneers, and the versatile German artist Dr. Ring Ding, as well as the French Ska combo ASPO.The album was soon released in Japan again by Disk Union, and a year later also in United States by Megalith Records.
“NOW!” has been released in CD and LP.
The Pepper Pots are:
Adriana Prunell, Mercè Munné, Marina Torres: Vocals - Joan Vergés: Drums - Joan Barrientos: Bass - Lluís Rodríguez: Guitar - Ireneu Grosset: Keyboards - Tomy Muñoz: Sax - Gerard Xifra: Sax - Roger Montsant: Trumpet - Isidre Palmada: Trombone
ABOUT “NOW!”, BY BINKY GRIPTITE, record producer
Soul is the sound heard around the world. Some cities like Detroit, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and Brooklyn have become well known as exporters of soul. Now we may add one more city to that list; Girona.
Just an hour or so from Barcelona, the 11 young ladies and gentlemen that are The Pepper Pots have been doing what hip kids everywhere have been doing for years- loving soul records. They have been sitting by their turntables, listening and learning from the masters like Marvin, Diana, Billy, Otis, Jackie, Curtis, Sharon, Sam, Smokey…the list is LONG! But loving soul records is not a passive experience. Eventually one will want to show one’s love of soul records by making soul records. And with “Now”, the Pepper Pots will show you what they have learned.
The Pepper Pots are not new to the scene. They are old pros. They have been touring and making records for years. On their first two releases they showed us their love and devotion to the early Jamaican Ska sound. But with this latest LP, “Now”, they show us all that we Americans do not have a monopoly on this phenomenon called Soul Music. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Don’t worry though, they have not forgotten their roots, this album has Jamaican sounds too!
Let me introduce you to the girls. Let’s start with Marina “Vabyface” Torres. With her lush falsetto tones it is no wonder that she found her “Dream Guy”. Adriana, the dark mysterious one that loves music and fears fame, after you hear “You’re Still in My Mind”, it will be her voice that is in your mind. And Mercè, the sensitive one with the notebook full of poems, she is the one that believes in Love and will “Keep Waiting” no matter how long it takes!
As for the band, I could go on and on about Joan, Joan, Luiggi, Ireneu, Gerard, Tomy, Patu, and Roger, but you would do best to get this record onto the nearest turntable and let these guys speak for themselves.
So to music lovers everywhere I have good news; the best record you’ve heard in a long time is here and it’s “Now”. To Adriana, the one who does not want to be famous, I have some bad news…