White Reaper: Asking For A Ride

White Reaper

HI-FI (Indianapolis, IN)

On the second night of the Asking For A Ride Tour, White Reaper performed a sold-out show at the HI-FI in Indianapolis, Indiana. The tour is in support of the band’s 4th full-length album, Asking For A Ride, which arrived on January 27th, 2023 after the tease of three singles. White Reaper had time to explore a more true-to-self sound since their raging 2019 album, You Deserve Love. The band shows their sensitive side in the acoustic rock song “Pages,” the first single from the new full-length.

The Louisville band played their hometown the night before the Indianapolis show, and the energy had not depleted even a little. They kicked things off with the new album’s title track and went directly into the second song, “Bozo.” Lead singer Tony Esposito was a fireball of energy and passion, singing every word with his entire chest. Watching the band start their set was like watching them lose their minds in the most poetic way. It felt as though the room got louder as the night progressed, with fans jumping and fist-pumping during the performance of the band’s hit song, “Might Be Right,” from their 2019 album, You Deserve Love. It was as if everyone in the room was letting out all of their pent up energy – like White Reaper’s music was their therapy.

The encore consisted of “Judy French” which is arguably the song that put White Reaper on the map with its sassy verses and strong melodic chorus. The song derives from their 2017 record, The World’s Best American Band, an album title that might just become a fact for this midwest punk-rock group. After a night of head-banging and scream-singing, the crowd fizzled out into the cool February night.

photos & review by Haley Struwe