6 Songs, 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

White Reaper’s debut EP is everything you want a debut EP from a punk band to be like. It’s raw. It’s melodic. It’s energized. And it features none of the subtlety that happens when a band's been together too long. This Louisville, Ky.–based power trio—consisting of singer/guitarist Tony Esposito and twin brothers Nick (drums) and Sam (bass) Wilkerson—threw together this six-song, 16-minute free-for-all with all the excitement of a young band thrilled to have their say. “Cool” kicks things off with a touch of garage punk, while “Half Bad” appears to add a rather distorted keyboard to the sound for an extra touch of bubblegum. “She Wants To” needs to be played several times over, since they’ve deliberately made it too short to leave you wanting more. “Conspirator” adds another level of distortion and chaos to the recording, proving noise can be an instrument if used correctly. “Ohh (Yeah)” cleans up the sound a tad and brings a keyboard up in the mix for the one track that reaches more than four minutes and sounds like a punk’s idea of commercial radio in 1977.

EDITORS’ NOTES

White Reaper’s debut EP is everything you want a debut EP from a punk band to be like. It’s raw. It’s melodic. It’s energized. And it features none of the subtlety that happens when a band's been together too long. This Louisville, Ky.–based power trio—consisting of singer/guitarist Tony Esposito and twin brothers Nick (drums) and Sam (bass) Wilkerson—threw together this six-song, 16-minute free-for-all with all the excitement of a young band thrilled to have their say. “Cool” kicks things off with a touch of garage punk, while “Half Bad” appears to add a rather distorted keyboard to the sound for an extra touch of bubblegum. “She Wants To” needs to be played several times over, since they’ve deliberately made it too short to leave you wanting more. “Conspirator” adds another level of distortion and chaos to the recording, proving noise can be an instrument if used correctly. “Ohh (Yeah)” cleans up the sound a tad and brings a keyboard up in the mix for the one track that reaches more than four minutes and sounds like a punk’s idea of commercial radio in 1977.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 Ratings

The domestic plight of sonic love.

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This album has been out for little more than a week and I've already melted my vinyl copy and blown out my speakers it's so good. I even started a demo renovation on my house in a fit of sonic ecstasy. I now live in a two walled hovel and will probably get a divorce. I am unconcerned at this point; there are three more months till winter and plenty of fish in the sea. My children may starve, or blossom into true music lovers and join me. There is only so much a dad can do to foster awesomeness in his children. I hope they make the right decision. I would miss them. Thanks White Reaper.

About White Reaper

The garage punk trio White Reaper hail from Louisville, Kentucky and sprinkle liberal amounts of bubblegum hooks and psychedelic weirdness over their short, energetic songs. Formed by singer/guitarist Tony Esposito and twin brothers Nick and Sam Wilkerson (drums and bass, respectively) while they were still teens, the group released their first single in 2013 ("Conspirator"/"The Cut.") The band's energy and songs soon caught the ear of Polyvinyl Records and they signed the band, releasing their self-titled, six-song EP in June of 2014. Just before its release, and with the addition of Ryan Hater on keys, the band headed out on a long tour with Young Widows. Along the way they began working on material for an album, which they started with engineer Kevin Ratterman when they got home to Louisville. Recorded over the course of one breathless week, White Reaper Does It Again was released by Polyvinyl in the summer of 2015. ~ Tim Sendra

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