“TRAIN SESSIONS: WHITE MYSTERY,” STATION TO STATION
Posted Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 4:20 pm
“The orange is really striking.”
That’s what Miss Alex White said of her first impression of the Station to Station train White knows from striking oranges: Along with her brother, Francis Scott Key, White is known as White Mystery, a band that’s as (in-)famous for their hard-charging, exuberant garage rock sound as for the White siblings’ bright, curly and (yes) striking orange hair.
White Mystery joined the train in their hometown of Chicago after playing the Union Station Happening. They immediately made their presence felt en route to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Happening. Their enthusiasm was infectious. Their energy was unparalleled. And when they rocked, they rocked hard.
This was the first time the White siblings had played on a moving train, and it took them a little while to adjust to the unique constraints and challenges posed by a constantly moving locomotive. Miss Alex described needing to straddle her legs wider than usual to stay upright while ripping with her guitar. (Her hand work, she said, was body memory.)
By contrast, Francis Scott found some benefit in the train’s motion. ”It worked for me,” he said. “I used the rhythm. It threw me into the beats.”
Train life agrees with them, they said. “The creativity that’s surging is hard to deny,” Miss Alex said. “We’re all blossoming together.”
“It’s really symbiotic,” her brother added.
“You wish it would last forever,” Miss Alex said.
Francis Scott agreed, but added, “The fact that it’s maybe once in a lifetime only makes it more special… We felt really privileged.”
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