White Reaper played Royale – 3/19

Louisville garage rockers White Reaper rolled into Boston last Sunday night with support from L.A.’s Mamalarky.


By way of the title of their sophomore LP, White Reaper once proclaimed themselves “The World’s Best American Band,” which is the sort of humorously over-the-top proclamation you get away with precisely by making the kind of music White Reaper make. Jury will remain out on world’s best, but the Louisville fivesome are certifiably a pretty excellent rock band, cranking out riff-y earworms and charming audiences for a decade and counting now.

Their fourth full-length, Asking for a Ride, dropped in January, and the supporting tour swung through Boston as the city battled a collective hangover on the final day of St. Patrick’s weekend. Sunday nights are an unenviable time to rock – particularly this one – but the circumstances did little to dim the trademark White Reaper enthusiasm. The band ripped through nearly 20 tracks spanning the catalog (including their objectively perfect 2019 single “Might Be Right” – one of those rare, instantly-stuck-in-your-head-forever kind of songs) and kept the kids moving in an indefatigable push-pit the whole night.

Scroll for a gallery from the show, including a fun opening set from quirky indie-psych rockers Mamalarky, below.