“Sister, brother duo are White Mystery,” Missoulian

April 05, 2013 6:15 am  •  By Cory Walsh



Stage presence is often a missing element with rock bands, but not White Mystery.

The Chicago brother-sister duo both sport oversized mops of curly red hair that bob back and forth as they grind out jagged-edge garage rock.

Beyond the look, though, is solid, no-frills rock. Alex White can belt a melody in that late ’60s rock style, when the vocalists weren’t too far removed their rhythm and blues inspirations.

Her guitar playing, too, is a flipbook of punk-garage riffs and chord progressions, driven along by Francis White’s drumming. “Toxic Sugar,” a track off their last album, “People Power,” is as good a description of the band as you could hope to generate: The songwriting is tight and memorable, while leaving plenty of room for fuzzed-out breakdowns.

They’re set to release a new album, “Telepathic,” to be release on April 20.

This preview has studiously avoided the “S word,” but fans of White Stripes’ early work should check out White Mystery with Organs, Magpies, Haunted Maze and Boys, 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, at the VFW, 245 W. Main St., in Missoula. Admission is $5, and $7 for under 21.

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