“Band to Watch: White Mystery,” Esquire

May 6, 2013

Band to Watch: White Mystery

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After several years of maintaining one of the most hectic live performance schedules of any band working, Chicago duo White Mystery (aka sister and brother redheads Alex and Francis Scott Key White) is finally poised to make the leap from cultish regional adoration to full-blown rock stardom. Their third album, Telepathic, is a blistering set of 12 songs that find an electrifying connection between the MC5, Black Flag, and the current generation of garage revivalists that the pair came up with.

Telepathic — which they recorded, mixed, and mastered with underground garage legend Greg Ashley during a four-day break from tour — came out on April 20. (It’s the third album in a row that the pair’s released on 4/20, which is no accident.) Now they’re unveiling a YouTube playlist with a video for each song on the album, each directed by New York City-based video artist B.A. Miale and based on drawings by Debbie Allen that were used in a limited edition Telepathic coloring book. (Watch all the videos above.)

The Whites’ never-ending tour heads back to Europe at the end of May before eventually swinging back to the States, but if you live in Chicago, you can check them out at their record release show at the Hideout this Friday.

Miles Raymer is a music writer based in New York City who has contributed to the
Chicago Reader, Vice, Pitchfork, and others.

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