Saturday, June 9
Have you caught the V.D. yet? There’s this bug going around that infected Spin Nightclub on Saturday as Vibe Dial ushered the crowd back to the ’60s with an offbeat selection of early Pink Floyd, the Yardbirds and others. Each nostalgic cut resulted in a “gee-I-haven’t-heard-this-song-in-ages” set of fiery, bona fide rockers (yes, V.D. burns).
Nick Mallers drummed like a wild man, cementing the groovy atmosphere, while his father, Bill Mallers (on keys), laid it down as only a vet who grew up in the era could have. Ryan Brown took off with ear-splitting lead guitar work that had at least one fan playing air guitar the whole night. Chris Potts nailed the bass parts and sat deftly between Brown’s face-melting guitar and Maller’s spine-shaking drums. Drew Bean, rock ’n’ roll incarnate, fronted the band with a voice that had no ceiling.
In addition to sounding like freshly pressed vinyl, the band looked like they stepped off a time machine. A couple tie-dyes and lots of vintage equipment authenticated their style.
Among the best cuts of the night were the harmonized “You Keep Me Hanging On” by the Vanilla Fudge and T-Rex’s “Children of the Revolution.” Within two songs, the previously empty dance floor filled up, obscuring the band with pumping fists. Despite some feedback issues that plagued the set, the quintet marched on to the Badfinger anthem “No Matter What” and the Kinks’ “Picture Book.” Vibe Dial closed out the set with Deep Purple’s “Hush” and left the crowd in hedonistic disarray as they sallied on to meet and compliment the band.
This particular V.D. is incurable, and symptoms include headbanging and nostalgia with feelings of political outspokenness.