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The raucous rock & roll group White Reaper formed in Louisville, Kentucky, and in the early stage of their existence sprinkled liberal amounts of bubblegum hooks and psychedelic weirdness over their short, energetic garage punk songs. Their riff-heavy sound got them signed to indie label Polyvinyl Records, which released their critically acclaimed 2017 album The World's Best American Band.
White Reaper was formed by singer/guitarist Tony Esposito and twin brothers Nick and Sam Wilkerson (drums and bass, respectively) while they were still teens, and the group released their first single in 2013 ("Conspirator"/"The Cut"). The band's energy and songs soon caught the ear of Polyvinyl Records, which signed White Reaper and released their self-titled, six-song EP in June 2014. Just before its release, and with the addition of Ryan Hater on keys, the band headed out on a long tour with Young Widows. Along the way they began working on material for an album, which they started with engineer Kevin Ratterman when they got home to Louisville. Recorded over the course of one breathless week, White Reaper Does It Again was released by Polyvinyl in the summer of 2015.
The next time White Reaper hit the studio, they worked with Ratterman again, but this time added a healthy dose of arena rock guitar, '80s rock swagger, and more keys to their sound. The resulting album, The World's Best American Band, was released by Polyvinyl in early 2017. The band toured relentlessly and eventually signed on with major label Elektra. They announced this development in 2019 with the release of the single "Might Be Right," another dose of '80s-modeled guitar pop. ~ Tim Sendra~ Rovi