White Reaper Announce New Album You Deserve Love, Share "1F"

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White Reaper Announce New Album <i>You Deserve Love</i>, Share "1F"

After signing to Elektra Records and sharing a pair of new singles over the summer, Louisville, Ky., rockers White Reaper have made it official and announced their new album, You Deserve Love, out on Elektra Oct. 18. The follow-up to the band’s 2017 breakthrough The World’s Best American Band (one of Paste’s top albums of that year) is preceded by its latest single, love/road song hybrid “1F.”

“1F” finds the band preserving their garage-rock edge while introducing more pop-oriented elements: Tony Esposito’s vocals still spike and crackle like a live wire over big, brash guitars, but it’s the insistent, simplistic organ lick, old-school backing harmonies and tidy production that sound like something new. Esposito sings about the time-tested, archetypically American tale of love blossoming on the open road: “She likes to drive around with me / We love each other’s company / And all I have to do is make sure no one ever scratches her car.” Meanwhile, in the track’s Mason Mercer-directed video, White Reaper perform in a garage, sometimes bathed in green, yellow and red lights (or stomping on the corresponding-colored fruits), howling out their song in a classic convertible and eventually driving off into the sunset.

White Reaper’s new song is the third single from You Deserve Love, following May’s “Might Be Right” and July’s “Real Long Time,” which had the appearance of one-offs at the time, but are now revealed to be the LP’s lead singles. The band recorded their Elektra debut in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce, assembling what a press release describes as “a collection of smart, sharply-written songs of doubt, dislocation, and elusive and often complicated love.”

Esposito explains the album’s title in a statement, recalling that “[bassist Sam Wilkerson] had written things down he thought might be good album titles, and we were all sitting around at a bar in Nashville after we had just finished recording, vexing about what we were going to call the album.” Wilkerson continues, “I started reading them aloud at the bar, and everyone stopped me at You Deserve Love ... I think it’s cool, because it’s true for everybody. I think it’s what everybody needs to hear.”

White Reaper are spreading the love on an upcoming North American headlining tour in support of their new record, kicking things off in St. Louis on Oct. 3. The Nude Party and The Dirty Nil will provide support on separate legs, with special guests The Paranoyds, Criminal Hygiene, Wombo, Being Dead and Charles Irwin joining in on select stops.

Watch the “1F” video and a 2015 White Reaper set from the Paste archives below. Further down, you’ll find the details of You Deserve Love and the band’s tour dates. You can preorder their new album here.

You Deserve Love Album Art:

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You Deserve Love Tracklist:
01. Headwind
02. Real Long Time
03. Saturday
04. 1F
05. Hard Luck
06. Raw
07. Might Be Right
08. Eggplant
09. Ring
10. You Deserve Love

White Reaper Tour Dates:

August
27 – London, U.K. @ The Camden Assembly Pub
29 – Glasgow, U.K. @ Indian Summer Festival
31 – Stradbally, Ireland @ Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival

September
15 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riot Fest
22 – Louisville, Ky. @ Bourbon & Beyond Festival
27 – Dana Point, Calif. @ Ohana Music Festival
29 – Louisville, Ky. @ Louder than Life Festival

October
03 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Firebird  @*
04 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Vaudeville Mews  @*
05 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Amsterdam Bar & Grill @*
07 – Denver, Colo. @ Larimer Lounge  @*
08 – Billings, Mt. @ Yellowstone Valley Brewery @^
10 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Crocodile  @^
11 – Vancouver, B.C. @ The Biltmore Ballroom  @^
13 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge  @^
15 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Holy Diver  @^
16 – Berkeley, Calif. @ Cornerstone Berkeley  @^
17 – Felton, Calif. @ Felton Music Hall  @^
19 – Los, Angeles, Calif. @ Teragram Ballroom  @^ 
20 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Valley Bar  ^            
22 – Austin, Texas @ Barracuda  ^%
23 – Dallas, Texas @ Deep Ellum Art Co  ^%
24 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Hi-Tone  # ~
26 – Gainesville, Fla. @ High Dive  &#
27 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade (Hell)  &#
28 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Amo’s Southend  &#
29 – Chattanooga, Tenn. @ Songbirds South &#
31 – Washington, D.C. @ U Street  &#

November
01 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Underground Arts &#
02 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Sinclair  &#
03 – Hamden, Conn. @ The Space  &#
05 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom  &#
07 – Albany, N.Y. @ The Hollow &#
08 – Toronto, Ont. @ Horseshoe Tavern  &#
09 – Detroit, Mich. @ El Club  &#
10 – Columbus, Ohio @ A&R Music Bar  &#
11 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Smiling Moose
23 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. @ Riptide Festival

(& – The Nude Party)
(@ – The Dirty Nil)
(* – The Paranoyds)
(% – Being Dead)
(^ – Criminal Hygiene)
(# – Wombo)
(~ – Charles Irwin)

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