Last Thursday saw noisey four piece White Reaper take to Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms on their first UK tour, supporting beach-pop Canadians Alvvays, fresh off the back of releasing their debut album White Reaper Does It Again. Before the show, we had a chat with the band about touring and their forthcoming work.
You’ve had quite a year so far, including releasing your debut album. What’ve been some of the highlights?
Being able to tour the UK for the first time has been incredible, and we had those songs [on the album] waiting for a long time, it was good to put them in the world. We had a great reaction, it was amazing. Being able to tour and make impressions on people everywhere. I love leaving my house.
You spend quite a lot of time of tour.
I don’t know. Not enough.
Is there anything you miss? Any home comforts?
Nope. Not at all.
Okay – I hate to ask this question, but what’s the best show you’ve ever played?
Forecastle. It was our first somewhat major festival and in our hometown. We played Dallas one time and there was no one there but we did really well. That was on our first West Coast tour, that was awesome. Our shows with Twin Peaks were amazing because their crowd was a rocking crowd, that whole tour was really fun.
How’s the UK treating you?
It’s been great so far, a lot of fun. Last night, we were at a gas station getting some beer, and this lady came in and started screaming. There was a line and she just cut across it and this guy had a four pack of Fosters and she just knocked it out his hand and I’m shocked it didn’t spray all over the ground, and she was going on about how everyone was racist, and screaming at Gavin [the band’s tour manager]. Gavin tried to tell her to calm down and she would not calm down. And then as she was leaving she said, “you’re fine though”, and she kisses me on the cheek and she kisses Nick on the lips. That was the weirdest thing so far.
Is it particularly different playing shows here?
The crowds are more observant. I feel like they’re generally more conservative. We’ve never played a headlining show here so we don’t really know, and we don’t really have a lot of fans here yet. We’re very loud, I don’t think the crowds like it very much.
How does it feel to finally have your debut album out there?
Good. Great. We like it a lot better than the thing we put out before that. We think we’ve gotten better since then, we’re happy about it. I honestly feel like we’re twice as good as when we recorded that because it was so long ago. When we get home, we’re on tour till December, we’re going to try and put new music out as soon as we can.
So if there new work on the way?
Oh yeah. Always on the way.
Do you feel there’s been any more pressure on you now you’re on a label?
There hasn’t been a lot of pressure honestly, we’re just as eager as them to put stuff out. They’re pretty chill. They let us do whatever we want, and they sent us over here.
How much can you tell us about the new work?
It’s probably gonna be louder, it’s probably gonna be more simple. It’s hard to describe. It’s like more simple but also more complex, I don’t know. I’ve been listening to our set every night and thinking what I want to change or add. There’s going to be a lot more keys in our new stuff.
And what are your plans for the rest of the year?
Tour. Touring. This is our first tour with Alvvays, then we’re doing a Canadian tour with them. Then we’re doing a US tour with together PANGEA. Touring. And eating a lot of chicken.