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MUSIC FEATURE//WHITE MYSTERY Much of White Mystery’s creative process takes place on the road during the months leading up to their yearly releases. The siblings take equal charge of the material. Being poetic, Francis writes many of the lyrics while Alex matches words with melodies. Occasionally, a song will relate directly to an experience, as is such with “Jungle Cat,” a track off their 2013 Telepathic: Midnight claws, witch of my love, under darkness heat whispers fire, craving thunder, prowlers stalk, fearless heroes clash eternal. Jungle cat rawr! Far from any jungle, Alex and Francis found themselves driving through Tornado Alley when beset by a crazy storm. “Texas and Oklahoma have really intense weather. As lighting crashed across the sky and hail hit the car, we decided to write a song,” Alex said. As a majority of White Mystery’s music is written during the winter months in preparation for their yearly output, the material often betrays a darker theme than the melody suggests. Despite some occasional darkness, however, White Mystery’s mission could not be more upbeat. “Our goal with White Mystery is to make a positive impact on the world,” Alex explained. “A lot of pop culture depresses people, [but] you can be a good person and make rock and roll music.” Alex and Francis take inspiration from the many happy coincidences and supportive individuals they have encountered throughout their careers. This enduring positivity fuels the magnanimous goals set for White Mystery in the coming years. Short-term, the siblings would like to play a new continent— topping the list are Australia and Asia. Long term, however, as Alex expressed, White Mystery intends to sew cultural and musical vitality. Lofty though their professional goals may be, personally, Alex aspires to an even higher mission. “My main goal in life is to obtain Nirvana,” she admitted candidly. “I guess I’ll know if I get there, it might be in the end, but I’ll know.” With all that Alex and Francis have achieved in the past few years, there is little doubt that one day she’ll realize that goal too. Until then fans, friends, and family are left to wonder what will become of White Mystery once they reach their 10-year mark. Laughing cryptically Alex said, “Well, that’s the real mystery.” Photography by Diane White 70 <strong>CUSP</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER ’14 ISSUE
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