white mystery brings you a heavy dose of punk

    the coolest brother-sister duo

    by · September 14, 2015

    Photo by Diane Alexander White

    Brother and sister duo, White Mystery, plays the kind of punky, garage rock and roll that we don’t see much these days. Unlike most of the synth-heavy, electronically inspired songs that flood the music scene today, White Mystery is defined by the gritty electric-guitar riffs, wildly thrashed drums, and high-energy vocals reminiscent of older decades. Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White are the siblings behind the stage name, and both Whites have long, gloriously curly, red Afros that perfectly match their musical aesthetic.

    Most recently, the two produced a first feature-length film and accompanying soundtrack titled, White Mystery “THAT WAS AWESOME.” We caught up with the wild-haired, punky duo to ask some questions about the music and their inspirations.

    How would you describe your band’s aesthetic?
    “American Warrior”

    How did you guys get started?
    Back in the ’80s, when we were born. White Mystery, the band, was founded on April 20, 2008!

    What is/are your biggest influences(s)? Can be musical or non-musical.
    Musical influences
    1. The MC5
    2. Marc Bolan/T.Rex
    3. Tina Turner
    4. The Cramps
    5. Iron Maiden

    Visual Artists 1. Andy Warhol 2. Jasper Johns 3. Shepard Fairey/OBEY 4. Ben Venom 5. Frank Frazetta

    Heroes 1. Our mom, photographer Diane Alexander White
    2. Captain Falcon 3. Conan the Barbarian 4. Patton 5. James Brown

    What would you be doing if not making music?
    Francis: Actor/Director
    Alex: Furniture Designer, Efficiency Consultant, Cartoonist

    What is the proudest moment in your musical career thus far?
    Jamming on a parade float with Sir Richard Branson this summer. Check it out!

    Whose musical career are you most inspired by? Whose would you want to emulate?
    John Dwyer from Thee Ohsees.

    What is a phrase that best describes your approach to life?
    “Respect yourself, love your family, question authority.”

    How do you hope to grow your creative career?
    To go where no band has gone before.

    What’s next for the band?
    Outerspace, hair-product line, 24-hour streaming reality TV show, and an upcoming White Mystery Tour.

    Tour dates:

    9/24/2015 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL10/3/2015 Moonlight Fest at Ace of Cups Columbus, OH10/19/2015 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI10/21/2015 Hideout* Chicago10/22/2015 Cattivo* Pittsburgh, PA10/23/2015 House Party* Allentown, PA10/24/2015 TUFF WEEKEND! The Acheron* Brooklyn, NY10/25/2015 Brighton Bar* Long Branch, NJ10/26/2015 Strange Matter* Richmond, VA10/27/2015 Tiger Mountain* Asheville10/28/2015 Drunken Unicorn* Atlanta, GA10/29/2015 Queen Ave. Art Collective* Nashville, TN10/30/2015 116 E. Mobile Florence, AL10/31/2015 One Eyed Jack’s^ New Orleans, LA

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