Record Review 

Obnoxious, white, retro-hipster garage rock is the new black, and Green Bay, Wisc., quintet Mystery Girls is at the forefront of fashion whoredom. Something In The Water is the group's second full-length, and if sixth generation MC5 rock 'n' roll mania is your bag, this disc is for you.

Chock-full of cigarette smoke-afflicted shrieks and grunts on top of a blues dirge that's reminiscent of everyone from the Rolling Stones to the John Spencer Blues Explosion, the recording wields an energy that wallows in predictability. But imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and there's air of intensity to each song that bestows the record with an endearing quality. Ignorance is bliss and the youthful and explosive presentation of songs like "Footsteps" and "You're So Blue" suggest that the group is quite happy with itself.

The harmonica-injected, closeted rockabilly steam of "Tossin' and Turnin'" and the instrumental "Blues in G" set a tone of earnestness and high-energy stage antics. Naturally these songs swell with listless tension and big finishes, which means the music is best experienced in a live setting. Mystery Girls is a group that writes straightforward and fashionably hyper rock songs that are teeming with juvenile flare.

There's no mystery surrounding the Girls' - which is actually a group full of guys - brand of spastic rock energy, just a sense of deja vu.

Mystery Girls play the Drunken Unicorn Wed., Aug. 25. 9 p.m. $5


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