White Reaper is from Louisville, Kentucky, (Tony Esposito - vocals/guitar and twin brothers Nick - drums and Sam Wilkerson - bass).
White Reaper contains elements of Jay Reatard, Thee Oh Sees, Ramones and Jesus and Mary Chain that make me very happy. In other words, they channel pure pop rock and filter it through:
- lo fi (Reatard)
- psychedelia (Sees)
- buzzsaw guitars (Ramones) that change basic 60s bubblegum and pop into punk
- and add layers in a failed attempt to disguise their love of pop (Jesus and Mary Chain).
The self titled, six song EP flies by in seventeen minutes. Just enough to introduce White Reaper to the short attention spans of 2014 and leave them wanting more.
The hooks are great. The songs are instant classics.
"Cool" is a Ramones-like trip into loving some girl from afar. Complete with concise lyrics, wicked groove, rudimentary lo fi recording, perfect vocal harmonies and strategic guitar lead.
White Reaper bandcamp http://whitereaper.bandcamp.com/