Soulful dub band Pepperjam launch their second album at the New Beehive, Bradford on Saturday (May 18) with their main launch party at The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge on Sunday, May 26.
With members from Bradford and the Calder Valley, Pepperjam are a seven-piece outfit with a great, playful blend of soul, ska, funk and dub, all based around the lyrics of songwriter Lorry Dowling, who’s acclaimed ‘Loosen Up’ reached the top of the UK indie chart.
Much hyperbole is written about bands when they get together, but Pepperjam are the real deal, with personal CVs that include playing with James, The Ukrainians, Mick Hucknall, Little Chief, Lauren Aitken and Black. This is a band that gets people to their feet and is developing a growing army of fans.
They have performed at Riverside and Knockengorragh festivals among others and have had many great nights at venues across the north of England and Scotland. They consider the Beehive as a ‘cultural home’ along with the legendary Trades Club in Hebden Bridge.
The rest of the band take the basis of Lorry’s songs and create an entirely original sound out of the raw material. Signed to Distilled Records in 2009 (a label committed to grass roots song writing and performance) they released their first album ‘Taxi to Whitby’ in 2010 to strong critical acclaim, and the second album, Under The Radar, is a step up in quality and production values.
The band evolves as members change and this is the best incarnation of Pepperjam so far with the recent addition of Andy Wood on keyboards and Steve Andrews on bass. “Everyone brings their own skills and styles to the band,” said Lorry, “which means the sound is growing every time we play and record.”
The music press love them. R2 magazine has already selected one track – Back to the Bassline – for release on its next compilation CD and James Brown of NME praised their ‘lave flow of rhythm’ and its effects on audiences.