West Coast harmonies, romance in the air, songs on the airwaves
Zervas & Pepper are fast becoming a recognised sound on the radio with their sweeping harmony arrangements. Charming audiences with wild tales collected from their travels, they return home to their native Wales to record, releasing second album Lifebringer this summer.
Paul Zervas and Kathryn Pepper first crossed paths at a popular Cardiff live music venue which was a mecca for musicians. They quickly found an affinity between each other's songwriting and, after a period of swapping vinyl LPs and jamming their way through the likes of Paul Simon, Neil Young and The Beach Boys' back catalogues, they discovered a shared passion for that sunny US West Coast harmony sound.
The musical chemistry was instantaneous, their combined sound fresh and dynamic and audiences quickly began to request that they perform together more often. A romance then also blossomed between them.
"It was an exciting time for us," says Paul. "We were really finding our feet as songwriters, pushing one another to dig deep musically and not to be constrained by current trends and fads when it came to musical style. We'd found our ultimate soulmates in one another. The harmony blend felt almost other-worldly to us at times; it was something special and the audiences picked up on that immediately and wanted more."
After an impressive debut EP in 2008, they finally recorded Somewhere in The City in 2011. Support followed from 6 Music's Radcliffe and Maconie, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq on the airwaves. This summer they have appeared at Green Man, Glastonbury, Gold Coast Oceanfest and Cornucopia.
Zervas and Pepper head for Cornwall next week and play The Taphouse in St Agnes on Thursday, Bunters Bar in Truro on Friday and Studio Bar, Penzance, on Saturday, November 9. On Sunday they will play Broadhempston Church near Totnes.