Gregory Pepper & His Problems
\'Gregory Pepper is one of Guelph's most ambitious and quietly prolific songwriters. Despite trolling around without much press attention, Pepper put out one of the more inventive, eclectic and downright difficult pop records in recent memory. \'Gregory Pepper and his Problems\', released independently by the singer himself is a sprawling, 17 track opus of ideas spat out in an idiosyncratic and beguiling manner, creating a record that sounds more confusing than enjoyable at first. Yet, the sheer vastness of ideas Pepper toils with, the bits and pieces of sound implanted into each parting melody and the strength of his core song structure reward the listener with multiple listens, finally revealing a brilliant record, one this writer wished he discovered when it was released, rather than over a year later. This is a long, perplexing set, not perfect by any means, but exemplifying, in it's core, the beauty of the indie aesthetic. It's flawed, overly ambitious, somewhat pervasive and discordant, but free flowing, soft-spoken and heartfelt. Really, it's a gem of a record, filled with hip-hop, indie-pop, twee by the barrelful, oddball klezmer, afflicting folk, jagged rock and everything that's good in between.\' -from the Echo Weekly cover story \'Gregory Pepper, His Problems and His Ambitions\' by Shain Shapiro, May 2008.