You’re invited! to VHS or Beta.
Who: VHS or Beta
What: A countdown party! For the next week or so, Donnybrook is previewing VHS or Beta’s Dec. 6th show at the Bluebird with nibblets of Angora Holly Polo‘s interview with Mark Guidry, smeared with tasty photography by 28 Deep. Bam!
Why: VHS or Beta found some photos 28 Deep took of them on the interweb; they loved ‘em so much, they called her people. Click on the photo above to check out the rest of her amazing photos! She’ll also be following them around like a Rolling Stone photographer when they get here – pret-ty rockstar. So she hooked us up with an interview.
How: Interviews happen with two people talking to each other. Sometimes we write things down.
In a nutshell:
VHS or Beta started out playing noise rock and indie electronic dance music, frequently compared to tons of bands like the Cure and Duran Duran, though their influences are more like a Skin Graft Records, Melt Banana crazy cacophony bash to the head.
Since 2005′s Le Funk and 2004′s Night on Fire were uber dancey/uber indie, they just so happened to get caught up in that whole post punk funk, Franz Ferdinand/Bloc Party tidal wave; now 2007′s Bring on the Comets is just a smidgen dancey. It’s like dancing in your chair, maybe. Or having a secret, middle-of-the-night dance party in a library. But in a rocking kind of way.
Right now, they’re experiencing a Death Cab moment: they just drastically changed their sound into something more mainstream and rocky. Of course, this triggered their death-like spiral of plummeting stars on the e-pages of Pitchfork media. So that’s what’s going on with them. How about you? Did you take care of that rash?
What people are saying:
People seem to be reborn into VHS or Beta cult members after attending their live shows, although the discerning Professor Honeydew wasn’t impressed. People of importance who dig on them: Julio, Allie, Laurie of course, and my friend Greg. People who hate on them: Professor Honeydew, Pitchfork.
So stay tuned this week and the next for delicious, wholesome chunks of interview with drummer Mark Guidry. It’s good for you!