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The Disco Biscuits Release Latest Studio Album – Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens

Released exclusively at Camp Bisco as the gates opened on Thursday, the Disco Biscuits' latest studio album - Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens - features the studio incarnations of many of the group's live show fan favorites in addition to some of the band's latest material.

Advance copies of Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens were sold to eager fans as they waited in line to enter the sold out Camp Bisco X. Copies were available throughout the weekend at the festival merch tent and at meet and greets with the band members. The band’s annual, 3-day, namesake festival saw a maximum capacity crowd of 25,000 on hand to witness the surprise release, which served to commemorate 10 years of Camp Bisco.

Fresh off of a high-energy tour in the fall of 2010, The Disco Biscuits recorded Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens in short order at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA with Grammy Award-winning producer Phil Nicolo, whose credits include projects with Billy Joel, Yoko Ono, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith and Dave Grohl. In contrast to the 3-year Planet Anthem album process, the band committed to finishing their latest release in just two weeks last November. The album was produced by The Disco Biscuits with additional production by Twisted Records’ Benji Vaughan.

By entering the studio on the heels of a powerhouse tour, the Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens album sessions were a return to The Disco Biscuits’ live roots. The result is an album that feels as eclectic and energetic as one of the band’s signature live shows. The tracklist – which is a collection of the group’s live show fan favorites in addition to some of the band’s latest material – is a further testament to this concept.

The album art, including a poster insert, features “mug shots” of the band, their management, crew, friends and fans. The photos were taken by Jesse Borrell and his NoCoast.tv colleagues, who also had access to capture the experience of the album recording sessions in a documentary. Backdrops were set up at Denver’s Ogden Theatre as well as at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre to capture the photos during the 3-day Colorado run over Memorial Day weekend 2011.

Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens is now available in high quality 320 kbps mp3, flac, or Apple lossless for only $4.99, and is available for free in 128 kbps mp3 at discobiscuits.com. The album is also available on iTunes.

Disco Biscuits Launches New Website & Video

Check out the ALL NEW discobiscuits.com featuring a new studio video by The Disco Biscuits' friend Jesse Borrell from their upcoming album "Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens" which will be out this summer.

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VIDEO CREDIT:

The Studio 4 recording sessions for "Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens" were fully documented by filmmaker Jesse R. Borrell of NoCoast.TV, and they plan to release a series of 4 documentaries detailing the album's creation in the coming weeks.

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Check out some more Biscuits coverage on The Grateful Web, including a recent with Marc Brownstein, festival and concert reviews from: Bisco Inferno, Gothic Theater, Jam on the River, Wakarusa, Ogden Theater, Tatanka fest., with STS9 and more.

Copyright Criminals Airs on November 29th on PBS

Copyright Criminals, the acclaimed documentary that charts the history of sampling in hip-hop and its modern clashes with outdated copyright law, will air on PBS’ Emmy Award-winning series “Independent Lens” the week of Nov. 29 (check local listings).

The film features in-depth interviews with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Hank Shocklee, De La Soul, funk pioneer George Clinton, James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” Clyde Stubblefield, producer Steve Albini and many others.

Filmmakers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod showcase not only hip-hop sampling’s pioneering artists, but also those whose work has been sampled thoroughly. Ultimately, they ask how should we fix our copyright laws to both encourage creativity with 21st century tools and still ensure that “original” creators get paid for their work?

The broadcast comes as creative technology advances on a near-weekly basis. When the last copyright law was passed in 1998, only 26 percent of homes had Internet access. Today, young people can film, soundtrack, edit and distribute movies globally, all from their mobile phones.

Meanwhile, artists like Girl Talk are shining bright lights on issues of copyright and creativity. Girl Talk’s new album, All Day, released for free Nov. 15, includes more than 350 samples.

Copyright Criminals’ innovative visuals include video remixes by Eclectic Method that illustrate for the viewer precisely what snippets of sound they’re hearing in dense sampling collages.

The film, which Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield called “amazing,” was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. USA Today called Copyright Criminals “a compelling and insightful documentary illuminating both sides of a hotly debated issue.”

Director and producer Benjamin Franzen is the owner of the Atlanta-based production company Changing Images. Executive producer and writer Kembrew McLeod is an associate professor of communications studies at the University of Iowa, and author of Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property, among other books.

Pepper New 3D Video for "Drunk Girl" Single

This week, Hawaii's reggae-punk heroes Pepper, are celebrating the release of their new, self-produced, Stitches EP out everywhere through the band's own LAW Records imprint. Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Brian "Big Bass Brian" Gardner (Blink 182, Foo Fighters, Jane's Addiction) and recorded at Total Access Studios in Los Angeles (Sublime, No Doubt, Pennywise), Stitches features two new tracks, "Wake Up" and "Drunk Girl," currently seeing heavy rotation around the country at stations such as San Diego's 91X (XTRA), San Francisco's Live 105 (KITS) and West Palm Beach's The Buzz 103 (WPBZ). Stitches also features the new track "Lonely" written and originally performed by friend Mishka Frith (support Boulder-Portland).

Always at the forefront of technology (see also the band's recent Q&A with fans via social network / online broadcast site UStream), Pepper have just completed the production of a hi-tech, one-of-a-kind new video for the EP's single, "Drunk Girl," filmed live on location at The Grove in Anaheim (also the band's recent tour kick-off event) set to premiere worldwide in the coming weeks (fans can get their hands on 3D glasses through the band's website - more details on the premiere of the 3D "Drunk Girl" video coming soon! In addition, and in support of what is arguably their best material to date, Pepper is currently on the road headlining a massive two month series of dates where they'll be joined along the way by friends and guests such as Pour Habit, Brother Ali, Fishbone, and more.

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About Pepper:

PEPPER, comprised of guitarist/vocalist Kaleo Wassman, bassist/vocalist Bret Bollinger and drummer Yesod Williams, formed in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1997. Having grown up surfing on the island, it’s not a wonder that they would mix their rock “shock and ah” flare, along with their mellow island rhythm roots to create their own truly diverse sound. They have also been known to hypnotize fans of all walks of life with their incredibly sweet harmonies all the while keeping bodies moving on the dance floor. The trio played mostly house parties and garages before finally shipping out to San Diego, CA in 1999 to push their first studio release Give’n It.

In 2001, they entered the Volcom warehouse studio with Steve Kravac (Blink 182, Less Than Jake, MxPx) to record Kona Town, which included the hit single “Give it Up (Dirty Hot Sex)” - which has become one of KROQ’s most played songs to date. On the heels of that success, PEPPER retreated into The Hive, a completely analog studio and home of 311, with legendary producer Ron “The Saint” St. Germain (Bad Brains, Living Colour, 311, Tool, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden) to record In With the Old. When the dust settled from the flurry of large-scale tours, the band recorded the expansive No Shame (originally released by Warner Bros.), which featured a slew of exciting producers including 311’s Nick Hexum, No Doubt’s bassist Tony Kanal and current partner in crime Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers.

PEPPER has sold over half a million records independently and founded their own record label, LAW Records - through which three other artists’ music is distributed: IRATION, Passafire, and The Supervillians. Their music has appeared in many movies (including Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Good Luck Chuck), television shows and video game soundtracks as well as having had a number of album tracks appear on Billboard’s “Alternative Songs” chart (including No Shame’s “No Control,” which peaked at 18, and “Give It Up” which peaked at 34). Their song “Your Face,” also from No Shame, is now available for Guitar Hero World Tour.

The band has also amassed a large and loyal following stemming from their non-stop touring which includes numerous rounds on the Vans Warped Tour and outings with reggae legends The Wailers, 311 and Snoop Dogg, to name a few. PEPPER has performed at several festivals including Lollapolooza, Mile High Festival, West Beach Music Festival, as well as many others. In 2008, PEPPER made the rounds through Europe twice alongside Flogging Molly in the spring and Less Than Jake in the fall. They spent their summer of that year celebrating the July release of PINK CRUSTACEANS AND GOOD VIBRATIONS, which peaked at number 11 on Billboard’s “Independent Albums” chart, by hitting up US amphitheatres with longtime friends Slightly Stoopid, and headlined the very first “Here Comes the LAW Tour” - which featured other Law Records artists, The Supervillains and Passafire. The madness continued through the spring of 2009 when PEPPER ventured out for the second time co-headlining the Jagermeister Music Tour with punk rock legends, Pennywise. In the Fall, PEPPER took the party to the streets of Los Angeles playing the second annual Sunset Strip Music Festival with rock legend Ozzy Osbourne.

After spending the early months of 2010 writing and recording new music, PEPPER spent their summer on the annual Unity Tour with long time friends 311, and The Offspring. They played twenty-five big dates including several amphitheaters and arenas. Between Unity Tour, new music, a single, “Wake Up” accompanied by a B side, ”Mirror,” which were released this past July, and plans for a 45+ major market national headlining tour this fall in support of the forthcoming release of their Sitches EP due out Oct 12, 2010, PEPPER fans are sure to get the fix they’ve been craving since 2009!

Pepper Announce 'Here Comes the Law Tour 2008'

Pepper- for the Grateful Web

PEPPER had an amazing time with Slightly Stoopid and legends Sly & Robbie on this summer's TAILGATE 2008 summer tour, playing massive sold-out shows throughout the land including Red Rocks in Colorado, Pacific Amphitheatre in Orange County, CA, The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA, Bank Of America Pavilion in Boston and Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The musical merriment continues as the Hawaiian-bred, Southern California-based veteran touring band supports the July release of their fifth album Pink Crustaceans And Good Vibrations with the announcement of their own headlining LAW Records "HERE COMES THE LAW TOUR 2008" for this fall plus extended tour dates in the U.K.

The first half of the tour happens October 9–31 and takes Kaleo Wassman (vocals/guitars), Bret Bollinger (bass/vocals) and Yesod Williams (drums) through 18 markets in the south and mid-west.  Next, PEPPER will join Less Than Jake for a tour of the United Kingdom during the month of November.  In January the trio will return to the road to complete the Pacific Northwest portion of the LAW Records tour (dates TBA).

Joining PEPPER on the 'HERE COMES THE LAW TOUR' are LAW Records label mates Passafire from Savannah, Georgia and The Supervillains from West Palm Beach, Florida.  After spending the last two years supporting Grow Yer Own with non-stop touring, the buzz for The Supervillains has been growing for their long awaited follow-up release MASSIVE. Set for release November 25 on Hawaii's own LAW Records, the label owned by longtime tour mates Pepper, MASSIVE aims to be as huge as its title. The record was the result of a six-week stay at Orlando's Fighting Records Studios with producer James Wisner and features guest appearances from Slightly Stoopid's Kyle MacDonald and ex-Inner Circle vocalist Kris Bentley. The most polished and definitive Supervillains' CD to date, it includes re-creations of the most classic Villain anthems, explosive new songs, two dub tracks and a must-hear cover of Billy Joel's "Movin' Out."

Passafire join the tour in support of their 2007 release Submersible which was produced alongside Steve Nall at Long Island Recording Studios in Lexington, Kentucky.   Their first self-titled release routinely receives spins on 99X, WNNX in Atlanta GA, WOCM 98.1FM Irie Radio in Ocean City MD, Sirius Radio Jam On, Roots On Sky.fm and on Reggae Redemption Radio in Wilmington NC. Tracks from their first release were also featured on the 2007 Jeep Hawaii Pro Windsurfing DVD distributed internationally by Sportshows TV Ltd.

In other PEPPER news, sadly their annual Kona Town Music Festival in Hawaii has been cancelled due to the environment as well as increasing fuel costs.   The very active volcano on the Big Island has been spewing out toxic sulfuric acid, causing respiratory problems for residents and more so for tourists who are not accustomed to it. The band apologizes and is working on getting out to the islands for a tour in the spring on their own.

 

About PEPPER:

PEPPER has amassed a large and loyal following through their non-stop touring since arriving in the Southern California after leaving Hawaii's Big Island 11 years ago.  The trio has sold over 400,000 records independently; their music has appeared in many movie, television and video game soundtracks; and they've had a couple of singles appear on the Billboard "Hot Modern Rock Tracks" chart. Their fifth studio album PINK CRUSTACEANS AND GOOD VIBRATIONS—released via their self-run label LAW Records, in association with Controlled Substance Sound Labs/MRI distribution—is filled with the band's trademark rock-funk-reggae hybrid grooves.  It was produced by Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers - who also took to the boards on the band's fourth album No Shame - and engineered by Wyn Davis at Total Access Studio in Redondo Beach.

PEPPER's tour dates are as follows:

DATE                          CITY                                       VENUE

Thu      10/2                 Fresno, CA                         Big Fresno Fair

Sat      10/4                 Las Vegas, NV                      X-Fest

U.S. Tour w/ Passafire and The Supervillains

Wed    10/15                  Corpus Christi, TX                 House of Rock

Thu    10/16                  San Antonio, TX                    White Rabbit 

Fri    10/17                  Dallas, TX                         House of Blues

Sat    10/18                  Austin, TX                         Stubb's

Sun    10/19                  Houston, TX                        House of Blues

Mon    10/20                  St. Petersburg, FL                 Jannus Landing

Wed    10/22                  Orlando, FL                        House of Blues

Thu    10/23                  Myrtle Beach, SC                   House of Blues

Fri    10/24                  Carrboro, NC                       Cat's Cradle

Sat    10/25                  Towson, MD                         Recher Theatre

Sun    10/26                  New York, NY                       Fillmore

Tue    10/28                  Detroit, MI                        St. Andrew's Hall

Wed    10/29                  Columbus, OH                       Newport Music Hall

Thu    10/30                  Covington, KY                      Madison Theater

Fri    10/31                  Chicago, IL                        Metro

United Kingdom Tour w/ Less Than Jake and Beat Union

Sun     11/2                  Norwich                            UEA

Mon     11/3                  Northampton                        Roadmender

Tue     11/4                  Swansea                            Brangwyn Hall

Wed     11/5                  Exeter                             Great Hall

Thu     11/6                  Bristol                            Carling Academy

Sat     11/8                  Nottingham                         Rock City

Sun     11/9                  Birmingham                         Carling Academy

Mon     11/10                 Southampton                        Guildhall

Tue     11/11                 Oxford                             Carling Academy

Wed     11/12                 London                             Astoria

Sat     11/15                 Leeds                              Academy Leeds

Sun     11/16                 Manchester                         Manchester University

Mon     11/17                 Newcastle                          Northumbria University

Tue     11/18                 Aberdeen                           Moshulu

Wed     11/19                 Glasgow                            ABC