REVIEW: White Reaper – “The World’s Best American Band”

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White Reaper
The World’s Best American Band
Polyvinyl

Sometimes an album can be a statement. Sometimes it’s political or cultural. That statement can also simply be, “We’re here.” White Reaper’s latest release, The World’s Best American Band is a major statement of “We’re here” both musically and in it’s title. Whether or not they live up to the moniker of their album title isn’t something Never Nervous cares about discussing but what is remarkable about this album is how much the band has grown since the last.

I’ve always seen White Reaper as a band that wears their influences on their sleeves. Whether it was The Ramones or Jay Reatard one could see the influence but also enjoy White Reaper’s version, and sometimes improvement of it. The World’s Best American Band is similar in that regard, in that you can’t talk about this album without mentioning Cheap Trick. It’s not a rip off of Cheap Trick, more like an ode to the style that Cheap Trick perfected. What’s amazing is on this first attempt, White Reaper have perfected that sound while at the same time making it their own.

Now I’m going to let you in on how lazy I am as a writer. Usually when reviewing an album I have a formula that goes like this: 1 or 2 intro paragraphs, 3 paragraphs talking about specific songs, closing paragraph. I’m not going to do that here because I like EVERY. FUCKING. SONG. Every song is fun, energetic, and catchy while the recordings, thanks in part to Kevin Ratterman at La La Land, are absolutely phenomenal.

Rather than bore you by writing about every song on this album, I’m just going to urge you to spend your money on this one because these guys are making incredible music. This album is going to be the soundtrack of the summer in Louisville and hopefully America if the title catches on. Hopefully further than that. If this album blows up, it will come as no surprise to me. Hop on this train early so you can brag about how you’ve “been listening to them for a while now” after they get yuge.

Listen to The World’s Best American Band on Spotify here.