One day removed from the release of their new album You Deserve Love, White Reaper hit the stage at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. With this new effort, the four piece has opened up their sound to more complicated arrangements and higher production value. Their lead single “Might Be Right” has made its rounds in the mainstream pop arena and is quickly on its way to supplanting “Judy French” as their group’s most popular song.
Having seen them a few times before, I generally knew what to expect from their live show; loud, infectious riffs and tons of energy. Lead singer Tony Esposito brought his usual charm and crowd favourite Ryan Hater never stopped jumping for the entirety of the set. It’s impossible to be cynical watching this band do their thing. The rest of White Reaper has really come into their own in regards to stage presence as well. The Wilkerson brothers commanded the stage and Hunter Thompson looked as cool as ever with his thousand yard stare into the crowd.
The setlist was a nice mix of their new tunes and older gems that the crowd knew every word to. Highlights were the bangers “Sheila”, “Pills”, “Real Long Time”, and of course “Judy French”. The night ended with their lead guitarist crowd surfing into the audience while still hitting every note. Over the top? Sure. But, like any White Reaper show, it was a hell of a spectacle.