White Reaper

White Reaper
09
/ Dec
Wednesday
2015

White Reaper

Venue
Paper Tiger
Location
2410 N St. Mary's
Time
08:00 pm
Price
$7+

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White Reaper
https://whitereaper.bandcamp.com/

The Dickies are a great band: trailblazing, deceptively sophisticated, vastly enjoyable, and wholly underrated. It’s hard to imagine White Reaper not sharing this opinion. White Reaper Does It Again, the cheekily titled debut album by the young, Louisville-spawned foursome, traffics in much of the same elements that the Dickies pioneered in the late ’70s: bouncy pop-punk underpinned with classic songcraft; hockey-rink-ready keyboards. In particular, White Reaper’s singer/guitarist Tony Esposito sings almost exactly like the Dickies’ Leonard Graves Phillips, all stuffy-nosed sneers and bubblegum-blowing vowels.
Luckily, the Dickies aren’t the only influence on Does It Again—nor does the album’s derivativeness in any way dampen its snotty, romantic charisma. On “Friday the 13th”—the only song on the album in a minor key—an ominous opening by keyboardist Ryan Hater sets the tone for a campy horror-meets-new-wave mash-up. And on “Candy”, Esposito and company splice in some Sweet-style glam-rock swagger. “On Your Mind” even goes so far as to directly lift the melody from the original power-pop wellspring: The Who’s “The Kids Are Alright”. – Pitchfork

W/ US Weekly + JUNKIE + LOAFERS

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