White Mystery

by Jason McMackin

Unlike more predictable writers seeking an uptick in internet traffic, I am going to forego the mention of the White Stripes or this brother/sister duo’s flaming red mounds of curlicued hair as I discuss the merits of Chicago garage rock honchos White Mystery. Ask anyone except the dudes in Yes or Dream Theater: Rock and roll isn’t a mathematical equation requiring a solution. WM’s brand of scuzzy, fuzzed-out tuneage is more akin to the energy residing in a kindergarten classroom on finger-paint day: controlled chaos. Their latest track, “People Power,” is a tour de garage that gallops on the force of drummer Francis’s never-ending, Keith Moon-esque flagellating. Admittedly, garage rock is derivative, but that often drives its players to bang the skins harder and holler with gusto, as WM does. That energy translates into spontaneous lip-biting and/or hip-shaking (the Ringwald is a foregone conclusion for me). Miss Alex White’s lyrics are playful and hooky and stick like pitch. On the Animals-esque “Party,” she sings, “I have an idea/Let’s have a party” for two minutes before suggesting we take to the four cardinal directions for said party. Like any good dance music, the lyrical content isn’t the point, the party is.


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