Hear ye, hear ye, Dublab brings back some “Good Times” from Silent Movie Theater. Almost two years ago, Dublab screened videos from its VisionVersion series on a warm summer night—the series in which they take awesome bands to sweet spots around town and tape them singing their song. That night capped with Hecuba performing live to capture its “Good Times.” We were there, too, and it makes us nostalgic sort of like that LCD Soundsystem song but with different words—”I was there when people threw streamers at Hecuba and Iz still had hair…”—in our own version of history as its being written.
The Hecuba VisionVersion was directed by Trevin Matcek and Saul Levitz. Trevin also directed the Excepter and Baby Dee VisionVersions, and Saul directed VisionVersions for Peter Walker and Health. All of which we remember fondly as strangeness captured by unique strangers.
The song “Good Times” made its way onto Hecuba’s Paradise last year. “Good Times” falls into a deep mantra in which “vibes” and “times” become interchangeable over a steamy repetitive beat. The song’s about music, a force which comforts and releases us when we crawl into its dark void and bounce our bodies around inside. What else is cool about this jam? It picks up the “Good Times” torch ignited by Chic in the ’70s to describe the need and effect of letting loose to the groove—but in Hecuba’s deadpan delivery of joyful revelry.
The idea is basic and essential. Why do I go to the club? What do the club do for me? I am having a good time now. I need to have a good time. What does time mean to you people?! And just like Plato wondered—what is good?—we can ponder philosophy in da club. Maybe moving our hips gets the brain juices flowin’.
It just so happens Hecuba recently emerged from a three month seclusion in Malibu, writing and recording new songs for their second album to be. They’ve got new hairdos, but we’ll probably wear the same clothes we wore two years ago next time we see them.