EDITOR’S NOTE: Unlike most of the content on this site, this is actually a real interview conducted between the Blocland staff and Tony Esposito of White Reaper. We know, we can’t believe it either. We could show you the emails.
Blocland’s Elderly Correspondent Blochead digitally sits down with White Reaper’s Tony Esposito to discuss White Reapers new album The Worlds Best American Band.
I love White Reaper Does It Again and am beyond hyped for World’s Best American Band. How does it feel to be releasing a hyped second album into the world? How do you deal with fanboys like myself pestering you about it?
It’s really exciting because we’ve been finished with this shit for like an entire year.
Anything new to expect on The World’s Best American band? Is the microkorg returning?
The microkorg will NOT be returning. Couldn’t come to an agreement with the korg camp because the money they were trying to squeeze out of us was absolutely ridiculous. Not worth it.
In the press release for the upcoming album you feature a hot dog being used as a guitar foot pedal. Do you plan on using any other foods as pedals? How does the tone compare to a bratwurst or kielbasa?
A lot of tone geeks swear by the kielbasa because it sounds a little warmer but for the little guys like us, hot dogs are the cheapest and the most readily available.
Many of the readers of our websites are amateur and bedroom musicians. Do you have any fun stories behind any of your songs or the equipment that you use?
The day we finished Does It Again, we found a diary in the street. It belonged to a girl named Candy, and “I’M NOT A DIRTY RETARD, STEVEN” was written on one of the pages horizontally. It’s a very dark book. You can feel the sadness just by touching it. We bring it everywhere with us. We’ve never flown without it. This isn’t a joke.
Garage and punk seems to be really vital right now. Bands like PUP, Joyce Manor, Diarrhea Planet, Jeff Rosenstock, Ty Segall and many more are putting out tons of quality stuff. Are there any bands of that overall vibe you guys really dig? Any sleepers we should know about?
I don’t know who Jeff Rosenstock is.
There are two kinds of musicians: those who are pro-taco, and those who are pro-burrito. St. Vincent is the former. Where do you stand on this age old debate?
Chips and salsa are better than both tacos and burritos. It’s my favorite food to eat. The best place to eat chips and salsa is at a restaurant called El Nopal. They’ve got about 30 locations in northern Kentucky and southern Indiana. Would have loved to have invested on the ground floor.
You’re quality Kentucky men. Got a favorite bourbon?
Bulleit I guess? Maybe Makers? Definitely not Jim Beam.
Who is the hottest Disney Princess? Maybe answer this after some bourbon.
The Little Mermaid by far. I have a thing for red heads.
How Trumpy do you consider yourselves? Light cantaloupe, Valencia orange, or Sun’s inferno?
Spoiled banana black.
Who is the least favorite bandmate? Why is it ALWAYS the drummer?
We hate each other all the same.
Is the car dashboard on the cover of your last album from a Volvo? Because I’m pretty sure it’s a Volvo.
Did you ever stop and think “enough of this music nonsense, let’s go get real jobs like men?”
Everyday I look for work on craigslist gigs. I’m serious.
What’s your favorite city to play in?
Not sure what my favorite is but St. Louis is the WORST.
Was it fun meeting Pearl Jam? What’s your favorite Pearl Jam song? Can you introduce me to Pearl Jam?
Eddie is a very sweet man. He has given us plenty of corona and cigarettes. I’m sure he’d love to meet you.
Our website has a strict “No Virgins” philosophy. When did you learn that you were no longer a virgin?
It’s 2017 and I’m still waiting 🙁 Can you still post this?
The World’s Best American Band is out 4/7 on Polyvinyl. Pre-order it here.