White Reaper
The World's Best American Band
Apr 7, 2017

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The World’s Best American Band.

The bold statement from Louisville’s White Reaper is not only the title of their new album, but also the band’s credo.

“Because we are the best,” says guitarist/vocalist Tony Esposito. “Just like Muhammad Ali was the greatest, you gotta say it out loud for people to believe it."

And with that mentality the band hit the studio with close friend and producer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Young Widows) and made a good ol' fashioned in-your-face rock ’n’ roll record.

“We didn’t make this record or start this band because we wanted to come across in a single, certain way," says Esposito. “We just make records that we'd want to hear. We started doing this because it's fun as hell, just as much now as it was when we were 14."

Boasting textured melodies, layered guitars and more seasoned lyrics, The World’s Best American Band finds the quartet busting out of the basement sound established on their previous full length (2015’s White Reaper Does It Again) and setting their sights on the arena.

Garnished with glimpses of the golden age of rock and roll, TWBAB is loaded with guitars that scream and gigantic drums in lockstep rhythm, each song packing its own massive, but none the less unique, punch. Lead single “Judy French” struts like a runway model raised on Heavy Metal Parking Lot, while midway point “The Stack” pairs a classic rock shimmy with a flair for glam.

The Kentucky boys eagerly await hitting the road in 2017. Armed with a record that celebrates rock in all of its glory, they are poised to satisfy crowds whether they are packed shoulder-to-shoulder in the "standing room only" pit or kicking back in the cheap seats.

“Come to the show, have a drink, have fun,” laughs Esposito. “But be nice to everybody, cause you're gonna get real close."

Songs

  • 1
    The World's Best American Band (4:47)
  • 2
    Judy French (3:26)
  • 3
    Eagle Beach (3:41)
  • 4
    Little Silver Cross (4:11)
  • 5
    The Stack (2:46)
  • 6
    Party Next Door (2:15)
  • 7
    Crystal Pistol (2:22)
  • 8
    Tell Me (3:42)
  • 9
    Daisies (2:53)
  • 10
    Another Day (1:51)

Reviews

“Their sophomore album is smart, well-polished, and cheeky—loaded with more riffs than you can fit into the trunk of a Camaro.”

Pitchfork

"True to its title, the record collects the band's classic rock influences into a half-hour of beer-swilling, riff-fueled nuggets."

Entertainment Weekly

"White Reaper's latest single is called 'The World's Best American Band,' which might seem a little hyperbolic until you've seen it live."

NPR

Louisville rockers White Reaper prove themselves to be some of the most electrifying guitar-slingers on the planet.

Stereogum

["Judy French" is] a power-pop radio-blaster built from old Camaro parts, and you won’t be surprised to learn that it’s rad as hell.

Stereogum

"...a pretty great slice of all American power-pop, with a scoop of ice cream on the top."

Under The Radar

On The World's Best American Band, White Reaper knock it out of the park, drive over it in a noisy Mustang, and deliver nothing but a good time.

All Music

White Reaper shred hard.

CLRVYNT

If the title of their new album, 'The World's Best American Band,' is to be believed, yes. Yes they are.

Noisey

The World’s Best American Band has the elements of one of the year’s best rock albums.

The AV Club

When it comes to timing, no other album thus far in 2017 can beat The World’s Best American Band by feisty Louisville trad-rockers White Reaper.

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Videos

  • The World's Best American Band (4:30)
    Simon Young and Aaron Berger
  • Judy French (3:32)
    Brandon Dermer