Miss Alex White
Miss Alex White is the stage name for Alexandra Brooks White, a musician from Chicago, Illinois, and founder of Missile X Records born April 30, 1985. Her projects have included Miss Alex White and Chris Playboy (a collaboration with Chris Saathoff), the Hot Machines, Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra, and White Mystery, a collaboration with her younger brother, drummer Francis Scott Key White.
White began playing guitar at age 15, after being motivated by hearing The Who. White began playing under the pseudonym “Miss Alex White” and released her first music in 2003. Her project, Miss Alex White and Chris Playboy (Chris Saathoff) made several recordings together. Saathoff died in a car accident on February 13, 2004 and White was responsible for creating the Chris Saathoff Foundation following his death. Soon after, she formed Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra. The group recorded two albums with producer Jim Diamond and released both albums on In The Red Records.
With White Mystery
White founded her current group, White Mystery, with her brother Francis on April 20, 2008. White Mystery is known for their relentless tour schedule in which White claims to have played 300 shows in the band’s first three years. The group has played with national acts such as Garbage, Shonen Knife, The Stooges and Weezer. They played on a parade float with Sir Richard Branson for the grand opening of Virgin Hotels Chicago. The group has released 5 full-length albums as of 2015.
White’s signature guitar is her Fireglo Rickenbacker 330, a guitar that she has mainly used for all of her projects. She is also sponsored by Orange Amplifiers.
In 2014 White Mystery was featured in an expansive Levi’s ad campaign, with their images being used in such magazines as Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Pitchfork.
White cites Poison Ivy from The Cramps as being one of her biggest influences. White said in a 2011 interview, “Poison Ivy is definitely my guitar role model. She’s a beautiful redheaded woman who was who she was. Her relationship with Lux was similar to Francis and me; they could hang out for hours and not get sick of each other.” She also lists Patti Smith, The MC5 and Garbage as other influences to her sound and style.
- "Dubble Dragon" (White Mystery Band LP/CD 2014)
- "Telepathic" (White Mystery Band LP/CD 2013)
- "People Power" (Perpetrator LP/CD 2012)
- "Blood & Venom" (White Mystery Band LP/CD 2011)
- "White Mystery" (White Mystery Band LP/CD 2010)
- "Take a Walk" (Whistler Records 7" 2009)
- "Power Glove" (HoZac Hook Up Club 7" 2009)
- "Wicker Park Strangler" (Rubber Vomit 7" 2010)
Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra:
- "SPACE & TIME" (LP/CD In The Red Records 2007)
- "Miss Alex White And The Red Orchestra" (LP/CD In The Red Records 2005)
Candy Apple Killings
- "Leather for Liquor" (Solid Sex Lovie Doll 7" 2006)
Miss Alex White and Chris Playboy:
- Miss Alex White and Chris Playboy Live (LP, In The Red Records, 2006)
- Miss Alex White and Chris Playboy (7", Missile X Records 2003)
- Hot Machines 2 (7", Dusty Medical Records, 2006)
- Hole In My Heart (7", Cass Records, 2005)
- Maybe Chicago Compilation (Criminal IQ Records 2003)
- "Can't Feel" on skateboard video, "That's Life" (Foundation/Tum Yeto, 2003)
Missile X Records
- "Young Monsters" Miss Alex White & Chris Playboy (7")
- "Cold River" The Dirges (7")
- "Spend the Night in a Haunted House" The Spits (7")
Full Length Movie
- "That Was Awesome" Self Produced 2015