Plenty of bands in the last decade have pitched in their rendition of American garage rock revival, but few do it with the enthusiasm of White Mystery—and few manage to make it feel as fresh. Bursting with energy beyond its de facto formula of fuzzy guitars cranked to maximum volume, the Chicago brother-sister duo sounds downright unhinged and fiery as its members’ shared redheaded manes. On the new Blood & Venom, Alex White’s soaring, reverb-drenched vocals steal the show, and her gutsy belting on the band’s de facto theme song, “White Mystery,” is just one of the album’s many highlights. Surprising for a band whose skuzzy R&B is at turns immediate and grating, The Strange Boys’ 2009 effort, The Strange Boys And Girls Club, was one of the year’s most rewarding listens. 2010’s Be Brave is nearly just as rollicking, a dusty romp through deep-seated and folky rock ’n’ roll. A new album, Live Music, is on the horizon, and the group’s live show is a heady mix of shout-out-loud singing and twisting bodies.

Updated 06/20/2011. See the original article here.


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