What's the best thing to do on the first really chilly Saturday night of the fall season? That's easy: strap on your dancing shoes and head over to the Metro for an hour's worth of the funkiest Kentucky-bred dance music on the planet. Louisville's own VHS Or Beta, the suppliers of the funk, took the stage at the Metro as fans steadily streamed in. Moppy hair and sleeveless T-shirts were the uniform of choice for the band, who got things cooking around 10 PM amidst a dazzling array of smoke, lights, and dancy, dancy disco. The four-piece, comprised of two guitars, a bass, and drums, added a fifth member to handle some of the synth duties in order to capture the full sound of the band's debut, Le Funk.
Axeman Craig Pfunder spent the evening making sweet, dirty love to his Gibson SG. He worked his wide array of pedals to utter perfection, and had the crowd mesmerized with each note. Drummer Mark Guidry, whose kit consisted of a snare, a pair of symbols, and a synth-drum collection straight out of 1982, was worked as hard as any drummer I've ever seen. He didn't have 10 seconds to rest in the band's hour-long set, but didn't miss a beat. Mark Palgy and Zeke Buck on bass and guitar, respectively, were no slouches either, but as a unit, they were tighter than their own T-shirts (and that's tight).
VHS Or Beta treated the Metro crowd to a little taste of "Disco Paradise," as well as "Solid Gold," and "On & On" to name a few. Seeing the band live took Le Funk to a whole new level. If they come to your town, I suggest you check out VHS Or Beta.