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The World's Best American Band

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when the payment is due, but your screws are loose, you gotta be on cue and if there’s nothing new, to sink your teeth into, you gotta be right, too rally up and dress to kill lace your boots and crush your pills run around and tell the gang polish up your dusty fangs everybody in the band kissing cheeks and shaking hands children of the tv screen, chipped teeth, and electricity you can raise your chin bring the cash back in and let the damn earth spin if you fight and win throw the pool chairs in and then confess to your sins
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ya know you crack my back little lady, when you tease me like you do it could be simple, you and me simple if you say you like it, too and your ripped jeans put me on the floor yeah you make me want to pout it could be simple, you and me simple if you want to try it out oh stop read my message and tell me what you think oh girl let me lean close, listen to your heart beat you can tell me secrets little lady, i can keep a secret, too no one else will know, no one else will know no one else but me and you if i’m on your nerves just tell me i don’t want to make it hard i could leave you be, i can leave you be we don’t even have to start i can take you home little lady, i can take you with me, too it could be simple, it could be simple just tell me what to do
3.
Eagle Beach 03:40
new friends like fires and charmers and charmers only live to be free but i could never see, what that had to do with me i never met one well i’m going out to the party, with a buckle on my belt, to sing songs about heaven, to the devil himself we can win the lottery darling, you can be all over tv hey: i just wanna be a real good pair of your blue jeans, but you never leave the house when you’re wearing me so i’m going out to the country, and i’ll smile and i’ll wave, with a handful of roses, for the good lookin’ graves, and maybe i’ll shake hands with a preacher, who will tell me i’m saved, saying lalalalalalalalala
4.
watching the news man, for somewhere to go, waiting for something, thats coming too slow too slow a good bunch of will-nots, who fucked up in class, and sold all their good stuff, for gallons of gas watching the news man, for somewhere to go, dying for something, thats coming too slow too slow a little silver cross held tight in the light shining blue, in a pretty midnight ford blowing heat, holding too with a beating heart in the back seat now breaking loose beaming down the road they threw the town out the window, and sat in the rain, they had blankets and pillows, they had hearts for brains, they said that you can feel good but ya gotta be good to yourself yeah ya gotta feel good, but ya gotta be good to yourself be good a little silver cross in the light held tight shining blue, in a pretty midnight ford blowing heat, holding too just smoking the days on the highways with nothing to do just killing time anyway they find for a few with a beating heart in the backseat now breaking loose beaming down the road
5.
The Stack 02:45
when you get what you want, it’s hard to catch pity when you’re guilty as charged, it’s hard to look pretty when you scream in you're room, does anyone hear it? do you cover your mouth and keep it a secret? if you make the girls dance, the boys will dance with ‘em if you play the right cards, the stack will get bigger when you gamble your winnings away, can you work up the nerve just to play? if you make the girls dance, the boys will dance with ‘em well i hope you still take your trips to the river, and the sound of my voice is giving you shivers when you’re running away does anyone see ya? do you cut your hair short and try to conceal it?
6.
we were sitting on the porch late summer one night with the good old crew, when the party next door went off and took to the street he had a gun in his pocket, then he took it out and cocked it and fired a few then the whole big crowd went screaming and running away took ‘em on a hell ride bullets in the night sky took ‘em on a hell ride kicked ‘em to the curbside there was a girl fight over some grad school student who was so confused there was a bagman running around just looking for a sale i’m not a pill-head baby, i just think that stuff’s poetic at times but i always liked getting a little bit out of my head
7.
well i’ve been staring at the mirror ball for ages and i’ll never quit i’m gonna shatter it to bits and swallow every little piece of it and maybe it’ll light me up and send me speeding down electric way or would it burn my body from the inside for a day? you can’t die twice but you may as well try, to be that grin underneath the black eye i’d make that promise but i always change my mind and it’s so grey when you're locked to yourself with a frown for a face and a life that just wants to be turned into hate i’m gonna buy myself a little big sized kind of gun so i can launch myself through space and straight into the sun and it’s so cold, with your teeth in your hands while you're left there to lie and your money walked out and you can’t get high you gotta get yourself a little big sized kind of gun so you can shoot yourself through space and straight into the sun
8.
Tell Me 03:41
he likes to roll, in a brand new stretch type limo and soak up the gold from all he tickets and the tees that he’s sold and we like to watch, and fight over everything that he drops lines? they stay chopped oh yeah cause the show can never stop oh he’s gonna tell me about the mean kids crashing the bar and the good kids torching their cars yeah he loves control of all the little hearts and the little souls blood lovers on patrol down all the hills, and the streets, an the parks, and the peaks, and the rows all over who knocked this angel on his ass? he can’t swim but he washes up in his cash some bills to rinse, some bills to dry still he’s gonna try you don’t tell me y’all don’t tell me about the mean kids crashing the bar and the good kids torching their cars
9.
Daisies 02:53
a ghost came over in my sleep to tell me that i should find you i should find you oh, but i won’t pick flowers from another man’s garden even if i tried to if i tried to the executioner is wearing lipstick, the secretary is deluxe as all, the president is blind and in a wheelchair but the show is going on oh it’s daisies when you sing that song i really don’t know what to say i gotta look away i gotta look away i feel wrong, i’m getting dragged along i really don’t know what to say you oughta go away you oughta go away the store next door is smoking, it’s on fire the children take their turns to point and scream and there’s a picture of myself hung on a billboard: “have you seen this man?”
10.
Another Day 01:51
another day no dope another day no fuckin’ nose drugs another day no luck another day and i’m cursed; i’m fucked what’s a tommy to do? i’m broke, ain’t got shit to do when a tommy can’t pay nothing quite seems o.k. another day no dope another day no fuckin’ nose drugs another day no luck another day and i’m cursed; i’m fucked another day no coke another day and i’m out of smokes another day no fuckin’ girl another day in this bullshit world

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The World’s Best American Band.

The bold statement from Louisville’s White Reaper is not only the title of their new album, but also the band’s credo.

“Because we are the best,” says guitarist/vocalist Tony Esposito. “Just like Muhammad Ali was the greatest, you gotta say it out loud for people to believe it."

And with that mentality the band hit the studio with close friend and producer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Young Widows) and made a good ol' fashioned in-your-face rock ’n’ roll record.

“We didn’t make this record or start this band because we wanted to come across in a single, certain way," says Esposito. “We just make records that we'd want to hear. We started doing this because it's fun as hell, just as much now as it was when we were 14."

Boasting textured melodies, layered guitars and more seasoned lyrics, The World’s Best American Band finds the quartet busting out of the basement sound established on their previous full length (2015’s White Reaper Does It Again) and setting their sights on the arena.

Garnished with glimpses of the golden age of rock and roll, TWBAB is loaded with guitars that scream and gigantic drums in lockstep rhythm, each song packing its own massive, but none the less unique, punch. Lead single “Judy French” struts like a runway model raised on Heavy Metal Parking Lot, while midway point “The Stack” pairs a classic rock shimmy with a flair for glam.

The Kentucky boys eagerly await hitting the road in 2017. Armed with a record that celebrates rock in all of its glory, they are poised to satisfy crowds whether they are packed shoulder-to-shoulder in the "standing room only" pit or kicking back in the cheap seats.

“Come to the show, have a drink, have fun,” laughs Esposito. “But be nice to everybody, cause you're gonna get real close."

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released April 7, 2017

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WHITE REAPER is Tony Esposito, Ryan Hater, Nick Wilkerson, and Sam Wilkerson

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