Nurturing arena-sized ambitions, Louisville, KY’s White Reaper remind us that “fun as hell” is a primary purpose of music. Equal parts glam and grit, White Reaper’s newest Elektra Records debut finds the band packing classic rock with grinning twin guitar leads into masterly crafted pop songs. This new album follows 2017’s critically acclaimed The World’s Best American Band, which was praised by Pitchfork for having “more riffs than you can fit into the trunk of a Camaro”. White Reaper’s latest single — “Might Be Right” is currently sitting at #20 on the alt radio chart and growing. As described by Stereogum, White Reaper are “bringing burnout abandon and arena strobe lights into the modern era.”
Tony Esposito (guitar/vocals), Ryan Hater (keyboards), Sam Wilkerson (bass), Nick Wilkerson (drums), and Hunter Thompson (guitar) have been living on the road, performing headline shows and supporting some of their idols —The Killers, Spoon, and Weezer. The band has also been making rounds in the festival circuit with stops at Lollapalooza, ACL, and CalJam. This summer, the Kentucky boys did a run of U.S. headline dates and performed their inaugural sets at the UK’s Reading and Leeds festivals. The band has hit the road on their largest U.S. headline tour to date, and is making stops at their hometown festivals, Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life, and end at the Eddie-Vedder-curated Ohana Festival, as well.
White Reaper is playing as part of Tempe Marketplace’s ROCK IT UP concert series. Catch free, full-length shows on The District Stage featuring touring, national bands, plus enjoy a beer and cocktail garden, along with talented local openers.
To learn more about ROCK IT UP, visit tempemarketplace.com/concerts.