Louisville garage-rock outfit White Reaper release their second album, The World’s Best American Band, next month. True to its title, the record collects the band’s classic rock influences into a half-hour of beer-swilling, riff-fueled nuggets — including “The Stack,” which EW is thrilled to premiere below.
While frontman Tony Esposito says the group devised most of the album in the studio during their February 2016 sessions — they only came armed with “a couple voice memos” — the origins of “The Stack” go way back. “The idea was born when I was trying to figure out the last record,” Esposito tells EW, referring to 2015’s White Reaper Does It Again. “I had [keyboardist] Ryan [Hater] over at my house. I had just turned 21, so I went to the gas station and got a six-pack of tall boys. We were watching old clips of Burt Sugarman’s Midnight Special — Heart and the Cars and a bunch of cool stuff like that.”
Esposito explains that he was “writing down words” of things he saw around him in his basement when Hater said, “If you make the girls dance, the boys will dance with them.” “I thought that was really cool,” he says. “It was something I had in the back of my mind for a really long time, but I had not idea what to do with it. It ended up being the chorus for ‘The Stack.'”
The World’s Best American Band, due out April 7, is “very Burt Sugarman,” according to Esposito, and draws on White Reaper’s “classic rock radio” inspirations, from Van Halen to Bruce Springsteen to Blondie.
Hear “The Stack” above.