photo by Jason Saldana
This post has been a long time in the making. I received New Mystery Girls’ newest album “Crawl Through Your Hair” a few months back. After the 1st listen , I was ready to name it as Album of the Month and still am , the problem was that I couldn’t find any of the songs up on line for sharing, so I’ve waited for that to happen and as the weeks roll on by I’ve realized you might not not be able to listen to the new album, but there are songs for you to listen to. So to the band, my apologies for taking so long to get this post up. If you take just a few minutes out of your day, and give a listen to New Mystery Girl, you will hear a voice that will make you a beliver in the power of rock ‘n’ roll. Chrissy is a modern day torch bearer , carrying on the tradition of Joan Jett, The Ronettes with a sweet dose of The Dolls. Great sound and I consider myself a big fan and I seriously encourage you to follow these links and pick up the new album “Crawl Through Your Hair!)
Meet- New Mystery Girl
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
Chrissy: We-ell…Eric (Hisaw – guitar) and I had been playing together in each others solo projects which were more acoustic oriented for a few years plugging the dusty little one horse towns of Texas and the southwest. What I had grown up on and what had really pulsated with me growing up though was rock’n’roll and I needed to get back to that. Finding people who wanted to start a band was not an easy task but I knew Eric would be on board because he just loves to play guitar and loves rock’n’roll as well so I started writing, came up with a name inspired by The New York Dolls song “Who Are The Mystery Girls”. After recording our debut CD “Twist City” with a few different “ringers” around ATX we found rhythm players as we needed for gigs. We went through several players before we found Bobby Daniel and Hector Munoz as a solid rhythm section.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
Chrissy/Eric: New York Dolls, Joan Jett, Rolling Stones, Ronettes, The Kinks, David Bowie, The Gun Club, The Clash
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
We got to make “Crawl Through Your Hair” at The Bubble here in Austin with Frenchie Smith producing. It was, for lack of a better description – magical. We blew through 7 songs basic tracks in one day, laid down some guitar, organ & percussion overdubs the second day and sewed up mixing the third day and never felt rushed or disappointed. We recently got to bill with Sylvain Sylvain which kicked ass! Also we’ve played with the Woggles and The Bluebonnets, a project headed by Kathy Valentine. I guess that’s a plural “thing” which ain’t bad. Ha! ha!
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
Continue to write, record and play with more of our heros.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Sons of Hercules – Different Kind of Ugly, This Is The Sonics, Temples – Sun Structures, Javier Escovedo – City Lights, Mary Weiss – Dangerous Game, Daddy Long Legs – Rides Tonight, Chuck Prophet – Let Freedom Ring
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Social media is a great tool but can be a pain so we tend to keep it to facebook and reverb nation. What’s great is being able to post about our shows, hear about others – I dig going out to hear bands around town – that’s where the line of the web and real life intertwine nicely and can bring people together (you have to get off couch to make it work!).
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
We do because it feels good to know we’ve reached people and made them feel something – anything. Many people who really dig music are similar (and sometimes are) musicians in that what they do is more out of passion than a paycheck. That said we don’t bathe in it….time is a’wastin’…got music to make, gigs to book – gotta groove
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
Save the mortal soul! Most definitely…at least mine
Any last thoughts for your fans….
Live your life with passion, lust and adventure and you’ll never feel like you’ve wasted your time. Thanks to all the people on this planet who wake up, tune in to the sights, sounds and dreams of their peers as well as their own for that is what keeps the magic alive. No! We’re not a bunch of new age hippies…we just dig rock’n’roll with great enthusiasm 😉