This isn’t the first we’ve heard of White Reaper; earlier this year they popped up on our Louisville Report, riding high off the insanity that is their 2013 self-released single, “Conspirator.” Well, that song obviously struck a chord with someone, because the Louisville trio is now a part of Polyvinyl’s roster. And “Conspirator” is still a single, but now it’s the preview of White Reaper’s eponymous EP.
Across its three-and-a-half minute time span, the song’s energy never dies down; if anything, it continues to build. As crunchy guitars and raucous drums accent headbang-able rhythms, it becomes hard to imagine the song being played anywhere other than a club pulsating with bodies pushing each other into rapturous chaos. The chorus—which shares lyrics with the song’s title—is one of the catchier hooks that you’ll hear from a band that falls into the “punk” category. It’s a song that keeps on driving and driving, a persistent yet visceral assault on the ears—and all the senses for that matter. With “Conspirator,” White Reaper create something tactile, frenetic, energetic and completely in control of itself. It’s just hard to stay in control of your own self while listening to it.
Polyvinyl will release the White Reaper EP on June 24 on every format conceivable (CD, LP, cassette, digital).
White Reaper on tour with Young Widows in the summer:
19 Czar Bar—Kansas City, Missouri
20 Moon Room—Denver, Colorado
21 Kilby Court—Salt Lake City, Utah
22 The Shredder—Boise, Idaho
24 Chop Suey—Seattle, Washington
25 Bunk Bar—Portland, Oregon
26 Witch Room—Sacramento, California
27 Thee Parkside—San Francisco, California
28 The Church On York—Los Angeles, California
29 Rhythm Room—Phoenix, Arizona
30 Plush—Tucson, Arizona
02 Holy Mountain—Austin, Texas
03 Club Dada—Dallas, Texas
04 Conservatory—Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
05 Firebird—St. Louis, Missouri