July 30, 2008

HECUBA: FROM ALIENS TO AUDIO — SIR, THE RELEASE OF THE DUO’S NEW EP

by Marissa Tinloy


Hecuba the band originated on the set of a film: young Alabama choir-boy meets Tunisian songstress while conceptualizing an alien abduction. Jon Beasley was casting and Isabelle Albuquerque was slated to be the leading lady destined for a journey to outer space. That was Brooklyn in 2003. Since then, the cat-and-mouse duo, whose record poster is glibly reminiscent of fuzzy-faced Tom and Jerry—they have a song by the same name—have come West and sent their recreationally revolutionary sounds vibing into the music world via Echo Park, Los Angeles.

The duo, rising from the energy of Isabelle and Jon, recently released their first EP, Sir, a conglomeration of fresh, zinging sounds;