Diane Alexander White
Francis and Alex White, aka White Mystery
Even when the weather doesn't behave, Chicago rock fans can always tell that spring has sprung when a new album arrives from Gossip Wolf
's favorite flame-haired sibling garage duo, White Mystery
. When Alex and Francis White drop the new F.Y.M.S.
(aka Fuck Your Mouth Shut
), it'll make 2017 the eighth year in a row they've put out a record (or in one case a movie soundtrack) on April 20. (That's 4/20—as in pot o'clock—for all you nonjokers, nonsmokers, and non-midnight tokers out there.) The Whites have decided to introduce the album to the world by sharing its raging title track a few weeks early, and as usual this wolf is super down with the band's blistering chops and thundering rhythms—and on this particular jammer, Alex switches from Greek to potty-mouthed English at the drop of a chorus! Sophocles would be impressed!
White Mystery can be counted on for more than clockwork-regular release dates, of course—they're one of the city's hardest-working live acts, and as usual they've got a busy spring planned. This Saturday they play at 1st Ward as part of Burger Records' annual Burger Revolution
celebration (whose shows happen on five continents this year). They share the bill with headliners the Yolks and openers Motorcycle (whose lineup includes members of the Lemons and Twin Hits); Orwells front man Mario Cuomo DJs. Next week White Mystery will play a spate of shows at SXSW, and in April they'll tour the west coast with Chicago's own Twin Peaks and Madrid four-piece Hinds