THE OTHER PAPER: Sweaty, fun-loving sibs

Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 6:45 pm | Updated: 10:44 am, Thu Jul 14, 2011.

The guitar-and-drums garage-rock duo is alive and well, as White Mystery proved at the Summit on Friday.

It’s been a decade plus since the White Stripes and Black Keys proved you can rock out and still tour comfortably in a Toyota Tercel. Many of the lesser-known duos on the indie circuit are pretty good, but most are somewhat lacking.

The siblings of White Mystery, however, nailed it Friday night. The songs were tight and furiously played, as both guitarist Alex White, the sister, and drummer Francis, the brother, turned themselves into a blur of sweaty bodies and Little Orphan Annie afros.

The duo tore through a set of two-minute numbers without a clunker among them. What initially piqued interest from these ears proved as true onstage as well as on record: You can file White Mystery under “garage rock,” but its sound is not so easily pigeonholed.

White Mystery crafts the sort of song that owes much more to youthful exuberance and the joy of making a tuneful racket than it does to following convention.

Alex and Francis were, dare I say it, fun, which is a commodity too few bands seem concerned with. They also seem like the touring types, and hopefully the crowd at the Summit was enthusiastic enough to convince them to keep Columbus in their sights.

Rick Allen.  Read the full article here!

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