The Upshot: It’s all about cutting loose and having a blast via catchy guitar-based rock & roll tunes.
BY MICHAEL TOLAND
Thank the gods there will always be a place for big, dumb guitar rock in the universe. Following in the footsteps of young bands like Biters, Louisville’s White Reaper plunder their record collections for stray Sweet and Cheap Trick riffs and have themselves a time. The trio’s second album The World’s Best American Band is filled to burstin’ with hook-enhanced Big Rawk powerpoptones.
You can practically hear the guitar windmills powering “Tell Me,” “Crystal Pistol” (probably not an homage to the long-lost Canadian sleaze rock band of the same name) and “Judy French,” while the more measured melodies of “The Stack” and “Little Silver Cross” point to more ambition than just to get the punters to wave their lighters in the air. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
Future glories aside, The World’s Best American Band is all about cutting loose and having a blast via the method of catchy guitar-based rock & roll tunes – simple, direct and oh so very effective.
DOWNLOAD: “Little Silver Cross,” “Judy French,” “Crystal Pistol”