Reese Van Riper

Reese Van Riper

 Newark, New Jersey, USA
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Reese Van Riper is truly a modern day legacy of a rock band. Their history and music has been passed on through one family’s blood, sweat, and musical ability for 87 years. Now in it's 3rd generation Reese Van Riper has round up a growing posse over the country with non-stop touring and promotion.

Biography

"Dirty, gritty and raw! A waltz down a dusty dirt path looking over your back comes to mind when I listen to these guys especially their song Pitchfork. Listen now you definitely won't regret it!" - NJ Music Scene

Inside a defunct hay barn on the outskirts of Crawford County Pennsylvania the stale aroma of rotting wood is subdued by the overwhelming stench of guano. This place where once an old family mill was based upon has now become a congregation for nocturnal scavengers. For some stepping into such a place would shoot chills up ones spine. However Reese Van Riper says it's the only place in the world where he can truly think in silence. Here is where Reese found revelation and began his own march of progress.

2011 saw many changes for Reese Van Riper. Not only by adding two members/friends to enhance the artistic vision of the band but also touring extensively for the first time nationwide as a full band. The trio didn't just cover 3,000 miles in March on their "Wise & Cool 2011" tour, where they headlined at the 12 Annual Texas Rockfest in Austin, TX. They also covered over 6,000 miles in 15 days this past July on their "Ghost Oil Tour 2011". They continue to set the benchmark for independently run, funded, and organized bands as they are currently booking dates for their "Week Long Bender 2011" tour in November.

The three piece consists of bassist Matt Kearns (ex-Loreane Drive), Drummer Greg Infante (ex-The Murder & The Harlot) and of course Reese himself. The three having grown up with each other have an undeniable chemistry on and off the stage. When the band takes the stage Reese stands a towering 6'7" and automatically commands the audience with his presence alone. As the guys feed off their energy, the crowd becomes a sea of electricity and like a wave just about to crest the momentum crashes upon them. Taking all of those factors into mind is what makes Reese Van Riper an on stage powerhouse.

Lyrics

Whiskey Queen

Written By: Reese Van Riper

she flaunts her whiskey pocket
a damsel on her knees
she sways and lays her hair down
god knocks me off my feet

corrupts the mind and flesh now
she lights my cigarette
hair pull quick smack and lash now
i don't have one regret

she's my whiskey queen
she's my whiskey queen

hope her father musters mercy
for all our dirty deeds
hell the cross wont save me
for she's not yet 13

she's my whiskey queen
she's my whiskey queen

She Sang

Written By: Reese Van Riper

a stone
substituted for a heart

hands
given strength for above

sit sit sit (six six six)
sit yourself down (the devils in town)

gone gone gone
gone around you

thats when she did sing
la ladee da da da

grace
the sky like an open wound

taste
the steel in the blood forced by spoon

knees knees knees
tattered and bruised

locked locked locked
lock jawed too

thats when she did sing
la ladee da da da

Discography

Reese Van Riper as a whole has over 350 copyrighted songs and has an extensive 10 album discography stretching from every generation of the 87 year old band.

Reese Van Riper's albums "The Paper Mache Bandits", "Sleep Well Dolly", and "2:53" can be found for sale on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and other online distributors.

Their new EP "The Paper Mache Bandits"
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-paper-mache-bandits-ep/id456303103

also available for download is their E.P. "2:53"
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/2-53-ep/id411509199

also available for download is "Sleep Well Dolly"
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sleep-well-dolly/id338640447

Reese Van Riper is also currently getting radio play on independent and college radio stations all over the country.

Set List

::Reese Van Riper sets vary due to time limitation & audience demographic::

::Short Set::
Pitchfork
Tar On My Arms
Your Life
Promenade
Same Old Shit
Lucy
Hoodoo Rising
Whiskey Queen

::Long Set::
Pitchfork
Tar On My Arms
Your Life
Better Days
Promenade
Save You
Same Old Shit
Call Me A Bastard
Swing
Lucy
Hoodoo Rising
Whiskey Queen

::Reese Van Riper sets vary due to time limitation & audience demographic::