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White Mystery Is Chicago Grit at it's Finest

Updated: Dec 24, 2018

With a thriving rock music scene, Chicago has been housing one of the most talked about bands for a very long time.

The Chicago born and bred duo of sister and brother Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White have produced a beautiful incestuous bouncing punk rock baby called White Mystery. That Baby has grown to be a true hardcore 10 year old Chicago kid. Miss Alex White has the stripped down sometimes raspy vocals reminiscent of Courtney Love, if Love had, had more talent and drive. Francis Scott Key White has a sardonic ominous voice akin to Gibby Haynes, that will give you chills.

White Mystery has a thru and thru DIY punk attitude and moxie. Mixed with the stripped down naked sonic sound of 90’s Chicago grunge. These attributes along with the at time sarcastic and tongue in cheek lyrics that harkens back to bands like The Waitresses an the Aquabats you have a true original sound that is unapologetically genre bending and no nonsense.

There is a deep down in your face thoughtfulness that you don’t easily find in today’s musical landscape. And lets face it “Fuck your mouth shut” is an amazing possible title for so many things, in this day and age they have used it in a very apropos manner on their 2017 album of the same name.

On their 2018 album Hellion Blender (yes they release a new album every year on 4/20 and have done so for the past 10 years) opens with a gnarly guitar solo leading up to Miss Alex White’s shiny vocals. On “Paint yon nails” we get a 70’s psychedelic tune where she seems to channel Grace Slick. The track “Goody two shoes” is an alt rock country punk love song that will piss you off and break your heart, but empower you all at the same time. It’s a 2:42 whirlwind of emotions with a sound track and it epitomizes the title, it takes your heart and your brain and puts them into a jar with whirring razor sharp blades and shreds them both and mixes them together for a smooth tasty result.

This is a big year for White Mystery. It’s the duo’s ten year anniversary and they have played 1000 shows across the world backing musical icons and even played on a parade float with royalty (Sir Richard Branson), if that’s not the hardworking Chicago grit I know and love I don’t know what is. If you haven’t seen White Mystery live, what the fuck are you doing with your life? Get off Facebook and go see some live music and don’t hold your fucking phone up during the whole show, live in the moment and enjoy the show. Below is an extended interview with the band....

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