If you have been keeping an ear to the ground here in Louisville, then you surely have felt the ground shaking when White Reaper takes the stage. Yesterday was a pretty big day for them, and it is just the beginning. They announced that they signed with Polyvinyl (joining Deerhoof, Japandroids, of Montreal, The Dodos, Starfucker, Xiu Xiu and more). Their track “Half Bad” premiered on Pitchfork (can’t remember the last time that a local band got love from them… other than My Morning Jacket). White Reaper will release an EP (vinyl, cassette and CD) in June. Pre-order info below. You can stream “Half Bad” now for a taste. Just wait until the world hears “Conspirator.” The internet may just implode upon itself.
From the increasingly fertile DIY scene of Louisville, KY, emerges White Reaper – an incandescent power trio who is ready and willing to blow out eardrums far and wide.
The band – formed by Tony Esposito (vocals/guitar) and twin brothers Nick (drums) and Sam Wilkerson (bass) — combines sparkling hooks and fluid, fluttering rhythms to create psychedelia-tinged garage punk that make heads bob without sacrificing an ounce of sonic bite.
Having cut their teeth playing a number of raucous local and regional shows that left everyone’s ears ringing and no pores devoid of sweat, the group is ready to unleash their eponymous debut EP — a six-song blitzkrieg that traces the band’s present and future. While dingy and jangly single “Conspirator” scratches the itch left behind by Jay Reatard, infectious stand outs “Cool” and “Funn” will undoubtedly make the ears of the Ty Segall/Oh Sees sect perk up.
From the self-titled debut EP, out 6/24/14. Pre-order the EP here -polyvinylrecords.com/whitereaperEP
Track premiered over on Pitchfork
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