Street-level garage punk full of grit and flair
Named after an Airheads flavor and made up of two gingers, White Mystery recently dropped their latest album, Hellion Blender.
Alexandra Brooks White, aka Miss Alex White, and her brother, Francis Scott Key White, are the duo of ginger kids forming White Mystery. Miss White kicked off her music career playing guitar in a punk band when she was 13, followed by a stint in a band called The Red Lights. Later, she played with Chris Saathoff in a project called Miss Alex White and Chris Playboy. After Saathoff's tragic death in a car accident, she founded Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra, dropping two albums.
In 2008, Miss White and her brother, Francis, started White Mystery. Since then, White Mystery has dropped a new album or EP every year, performed 1000 times on three continents, modeled for Levi Jeans, jammed with Robert Plant, and played on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly. They've shared the stage with Iggy Pop, Garbage, Thee Ohsees, and Patti Smith.
Tagged as everything from psychedelic punk rock to alt-rock-country-punk to grit punk, what they are is stripped down garage punk, a raw, muscular sound with beau coup immensity.
Hellion Blender contains 10 tracks, opening with "Boy Next Door," a grinding, grimy punk tune with a dirty guitar from the bowels of hell and nuclear-powered drums. "Penny Saved" flat-out surges with luminous energy, riding on Miss White's maxed-out fuzzy guitar, as her shiny, raging vocals snarl overhead.
"Paint Yo'nails" sheds the wall of sound punch, going for a Spartan melody full of throbbing tribal drums and schmoozing, brawny guitar colors.. "Ghost Signs" starts off austerely, and then ascends to rough-and-ready punk momentum on a sneering psychedelic guitar.
Hellion Blender pumps out pulverizing tones, aching with visceral impetus, like demons fleeing the pit of Tartarus. Miss White's compact, compressed voice makes her the Mistress of Sonic Advantage, making Hellion Blender equivalent to an aural grand mal seizure.
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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