Band Crush: White Mystery
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?
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.
1. The MC5
3. Tina Turner
4. The Cramps
5. Iron Maiden
1. Andy Warhol
2. Jasper Johns
3. Shepard Fairey/OBEY
4. Ben Venom
5. Frank Frazetta
1. Our mom, photographer Diane Alexander White
2. Captain Falcon
3. Conan the Barbarian
5. James Brown
What would you be doing if not making music?
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.
9/24/2015 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
10/3/2015 Moonlight Fest at Ace of Cups Columbus, OH
10/19/2015 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
10/21/2015 Hideout* Chicago
10/22/2015 Cattivo* Pittsburgh, PA
10/23/2015 House Party* Allentown, PA
10/24/2015 TUFF WEEKEND! The Acheron* Brooklyn, NY
10/25/2015 Brighton Bar* Long Branch, NJ
10/26/2015 Strange Matter* Richmond, VA
10/27/2015 Tiger Mountain* Asheville
10/28/2015 Drunken Unicorn* Atlanta, GA
10/29/2015 Queen Ave. Art Collective* Nashville, TN
10/30/2015 116 E. Mobile Florence, AL
10/31/2015 One Eyed Jack’s^ New Orleans, LA