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White Reaper Does It Again

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v i r g o v a n d a l The first time I met these guys in Denver opening for Together Pangea almost everyone at the Hi-Dive was smashed. The second time I flew from Dallas to Denver I got to talk Basil Hayden's with Ryan Hater at the bar in Larimer Lounge. Ron Gallo tore a hole in that show, but all the merch was pretty much gone aside from a 7". I still have the green 180gram Royal Mountain pressing of this album from the first show though. Crazy thing was that I heard them on the radio when I got back to Texas.
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roach this album takes me back and makes me proud to be from the monotonous shithole that louisville can be Favorite track: Make Me Wanna Die.
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jack woodie just fucking killer from top to bottom Favorite track: Sheila.
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1.
I gotta say goodbye Don’t wanna make you cry Dry those tears from your eyes They make me want to die I gotta go outside ‘Cause it’ll make me smile Why don’t you go outside? I think it’ll make you smile Oh, and the mess we’re making It doesn’t matter to me at all Oh, and the noose they’re hanging It doesn’t matter to me at all
2.
I don’t think that she cares anymore At least not like she did, Not like she cared before She don’t want nobody She don’t tell nobody Now I’m crying on the floor Because I don’t think she cares anymore She don’t call She don’t call me anymore My phone ain’t ringing, ringing like it did before She don’t love nobody She don’t want nobody Now I’m crying on the floor
3.
Pills 03:25 video
I got it bad ya know, give me a double dose Sick of my tired eyes, I’m living like a ghost I gotta spend more time on the things that I want And those kids from years ago They don’t get along They’re not best friends anymore Suppose they never were at all Help me can’t you see? I think I’m sick, can you be The help I need please would you be my pill? I got the fever to kill, the things I love the most To live I have no will, I’m living like a ghost I gotta take my time on the things that I want
4.
On Your Mind 03:36
Why don’t you smile? It’s been a while since you’ve seemed like you’re happy And I hate to see you like that You say I’m tired “I lost my mind” If you’d let me then baby just maybe I’d help get it back But you don’t need no one or anything You say let me be, don’t come near me I try to stay on the line And I’m trying all the time I’m trying to be nice, can’t you realize? You’re under the weather you want to get better We feel like we’re never on your mind Days getting colder and I’m getting older And I should have told she’s on my mind, all the time So let’s tell lies and close our eyes You’re so selfish you always want all of of the fun for yourself Oh don’t you cry I think you know the time Can’t get by with a little so you got to give up a lot Don’t get so mad now You’ve been way too sad now And you couldn’t find out you’re on our minds And I hate to say it But you’ve been complaining It feels like you’re always on my mind, all the time
5.
Last 4th of July, my baby told me She was leaving for her high school sweetie And moving back to Tennessee I tried not to cry, I tried but you see I just can’t help myself ‘cause she’s walking away from me
6.
I’m in the dark, during the day I only want to fade away Walk in the park, sit by the bay Some things will always be the same Everyone else, the things they say Well I don’t want to go that way It’s okay, I’m okay I wanna go where there are no Places that I cannot go no Don’t want to be alone forever But I want to be alone tonight Don’t want to talk over the phone I’m gonna stay here on my own Don’t wanna drive, around town I’m gonna stay here and cool down
7.
Candy 02:38
People look and people talk to me, It’s the same And they’re electric and they’re golden But they’re playing a game Sitting in a stone throne A crack in their eyes I’m colored red & white, you’re screaming Jesus in vain I’m walking in a bed of roses tripping on onto a plane Sitting in my stoned throne You know I’m alright Don’t wait for me now You won’t wait for me now You wanna cry babe? What makes you so sure? What fun is life babe, unless it’s too short? I can’t listen to you this time, But candy,candy don’t cry, You know you’re alright Don’t wait for me now girl, I swear to God
8.
Sheila 03:33
Yellow eyes and the fog surrounds you I get tired of the same old lines You shot me right in the heart I know you’re trying so hard I guess it’s as good as it gets I must look like I lost a bet Come inside, I got nothing to do I get tired of the same old lies You got a hole in your heart I know you’re trying so hard What’s your name kid? I forget Let me light your cigarette Sheila Is this a game that you’re playing with me? I’ll get tired of the same old tricks I’ll shoot you right in the heart You know I’m trying so hard
9.
Really never should have met her At the cemetery gates I meant to keep All my secrets all to myself But she was burning my house down in my sleep I could see that it was over Too much crimson, too much clover I could see that half a year was really nothing As luck would have it, it was Friday the 13th You said, you said you don’t believe in things like that Get off my back She said, she said she don’t believe in things like that That girl better watch her back Didn’t know that things were like this Could have sworn I was a saint how could this be? But the bruises and the black eyes I got were really all the proof I’ll ever need I could see that it was over There was really nothing left that we could do Half a year is really nothing I’ve done a few bad things but just a few
10.
I don’t care if you think it’s right You say don’t but I think I might So quit wasting all my time and just let me go I’m gonna keep on running around ‘til there’s no fun in this town So quit talking off my ear and leave me alone Quit wasting all my time and just let me go You like talking shit but young boy you don’t know The things you know you like ain’ts hard to find I got a life and it ain’t much kid, but it’s mine If I could sell my soul It’d be the first one to go ‘Cause nothing here is mine Except time, I got time I had a handful of dollar bills In a house on a hill with a fence and pain pills They tried to make me wanna stay I’m gonna keep on running around ‘Til there’s no fun in this town So quit talking off my ear and just let me go Quit wasting all my time and just let me go You like talking shit but young boy you don’t know The things you know you want ain’t hard to tell And if you can’t keep up kid, I’ll see you in hell
11.
If we could be alone If I could take you home There’s nothing going on in here, let’s go I know you hate to hang around too long And every time I’m next to you My chest swells up and splits in two I wonder if you’re thinking too Are your hands cold are your lips blue? Oh don’t you think I know? Nothing is ever real fun if it goes too slow Don’t you think I know? We’ve both got dreams and bodies to throw away We should be alone I should take you home Everybody’s gonna die someday, you know You can hate me ‘til the end of days, still so
12.
B.T.K. 02:59
I’ll come over just for a little bit We’ll get wasted just for the hell of it now There’s some things that I never wanna quit Other things that I’ll never do again I couldn’t tell you how I feel and still keep it tame And if I never get back home would you forget my name? And if I never left this house would it feel the same? Help me out I’m trapped in the basement I don’t care to catch it I just wanna chase it now Would it be the same? And would it be alright? ‘Cause every time you tell me that it’s just tonight Would it be ok? And would you ever lie? ‘Cause every time you wave goodbye

about

Like everything White Reaper does, the band’s trajectory from regional act renowned for its high-intensity shows to national touring group was accomplished at the speed of 0 to 60.

“We went all over the country and grew our hair out a little bit,” says guitarist/singer Tony Esposito about the past year spent on the road with the likes of Deerhoof, Young Widows, Priests, and more.

After signing to Polyvinyl in early 2014 and releasing a self-titled EP that blasts through six tracks in a breakneck 15 minutes, the Reapers — Esposito, keyboardist Ryan Hater, bassist Sam Wilkerson, and drummer Nick Wilkerson — soon began working on new material to fill out their set.

Enter White Reaper Does It Again: a raucous debut full-length from a bunch of barely 20-somethings who have more fun on a Tuesday night than you do on a Saturday.

Recorded in White Reaper’s hometown of Louisville, KY, with engineer Kevin Ratterman (Young Widows, Coliseum), WRDIA is a pure rock ’n’ roll adrenaline shot: vicious guitar scratches, elastic bass, sugary keyboard leads, and a thudding drums that will inevitably give your heartbeat a new rhythm.

Opening track/lead single “Make Me Wanna Die” counts off to detonation before quickly ensnaring the listener in a melodic force field of fuzz and distortion, highlighted by Hater's bright keyboard tones sending out signal flares through the haze.

Esposito’s punk snarl takes center stage on “I Don’t Think She Cares,” a two-minute ripper that romps and stomps like a certain girl on a certain guy’s heart.

Far from pausing to take a breath, the record’s b-side is just as eager to accommodate those with a beer in one hand and a limitless fount of energy to burn.

Take “Sheila,” a track that displays thinly veiled restrained on its verses before exploding in a thrashing chorus over which the titular name is shouted gleefully.

As with their previous material, before entering the studio Esposito put together demos of all the tracks before sending them to his bandmates to flesh out their parts.

The band then held reign over Ratterman’s La La Land space for a little over a week, arriving at noon and staying late into the night — a schedule that left everyone as giddily exhausted as the crowd at, well, a White Reaper show.

Not sure what that feels like? Crank this record at full volume — and then turn it up a bit more — and you’ll find out soon enough.

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released July 17, 2015

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

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