reppin: louisville, ky // polyvinyl records // 2014 - present
sounds like: tony - "a very old muscle car that has be repaired frequently due to the high speeds at which it constantly performs"
last album drop: the world’s best american rock band (april 2017)
featuring: tony // ryan // sam // nick // hunter
When I come across a pure band like White Reaper, I get those goosebumps up my arm. The vibe of the tracks, the smoothness of the riffs and uniqueness of the vocals brings back memories of kids being kids. No responsibilities, I just want to go out on a Friday night and forget about my worries for a few hours. While it was a Tuesday night, looking around you would think it was the start to the weekend.
I scoped out these dudes back in May when they played the tiny, sweaty rock club that is Beat Kitchen. It was wild. Bodies everywhere, most of them crowd surfing, but I recalled the most from both shows were the smiles on everyone’s faces. That is the emotion is look to tap in every show I go to and every song I take into my ears. When I see it in the fans faces, in the performers on-stage, well that is why we are all living.
After Chicago’s own Post Animal took the stage, White Reaper came on and killed it. An hour of in your face rock n’ roll, good times, shredding solos and heavy bass. Kids of all ages were banging back and forth, looking to float above the crowd and get their faces overall melted. I shot off a few questions to frontman Tony and got some insight to these kids from louisville. How they have grown as a band during their short lifespan, write their songs and impact their dedicated fans across the country. Here it is in nice short form for you because we all have attention spans of 15 seconds these days.
You all have only been a band for 3 short years, yet you have landed on this clear rock n’ roll vibe that is obviously catching on. What have you all learned about each other as musicians that have allowed you to create this music?
The more we play the better we get. Seems obvious, I know but we were pretty stupid when we first started out.
What is your songwriting process like? When you all sit down to start writing, how does it begin, what happens in order to carry through an idea into a track?
I usually come up with an idea, and then i show the guys to help me elaborate on it. We usually try to set up the framework and then pick apart the arrangement until we think its right. Then we dive into the trenches and hammer it out.
What are you inspirations when it comes to lyrics? What do you hope fans as well as those who don’t know you, respond to your words?
Old mystery novels from the 40s and 50s are truly a vocabulary goldmine. Lyrics will always mean different things to different people. Sometimes lyrics don't have to mean anything at all!
Your live show is bananas...how do you bring the energy and vibes to your live set on a daily basis? How do you want the audience to feel after you play?
We're pretty much bottled up in the van all day so by the time we get to stand up and move around we're pretty excited to not be stuck sitting down. Hopefully the audience is as sweaty as we are when the show is over.
Instead of comparing White Reaper to other bands I like to use a metaphor to describe the identity of the band...usually a humorous one. What is White Reaper’s metaphor?
A very old muscle car that has be repaired frequently due to the high speeds at which it constantly performs.
suggested listening experience: any party on any day or night // time to suck it up and get that project done before the deadline // waking up in the morning