Pepper Said


Pepper Said is an indie rock band that specializes in sharp lyrics & storytelling through emotive, dance-inducing hooks. This is accomplished due to the artistic collaboration & dramatic performances by Pepper, Brian Zellmer, Thomas McCollum & Ben Proctor. Born in Nashville, but Chicago based as of late 2023.

Their live show is electric, authentic & dynamic. Pepper, was raised on Blondie, Paramore, Cage The Elephant & sarcasm – it shows. Through vulnerable yet relatable stories, humorous authenticity between songs, & addicting melodies, it’s a show you always want to see again.

Pepper Said has played classic venues and events like The Basement, The East Room, The End, Sofar NYC, Festival of Ghouls, Muscian’s Corner Nashville, Mile of Music and more. In April 2021, they opened for Nashville locals – The Criticals – at Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, which they sold out. Their music has been featured on local radio around the world;102.9 The Buzz and Lightning 100 in Nashville, CCR in Chelmsford, UK and 91.9 KSOIFM in Iowa.

Their 2021 debut EP, So Dramatic, is an anthology about discovering yourself through pain & reflection as well as fun & nonsense.