Flush with simmering sexuality and irresistible dance pulse, Brooklyn-based Hank & Cupcakes are the coalescence of rock without guitars and pop without synthesizers. Hailing from Tel Aviv, the duo consist of powerhouse vocalist/drummer Cupcakes and bassist/pedal board magician Hank. Named in reference to Charles “Hank” Bukowski and one of his real-life lovers “Cupcakes,” they have been honing their explosive live performances in front of US audiences since they arrived in 2008. Fully realized now, the show is a raucous bash, where the mesmerizing Cupcakes stands to bang her drum kit only breaking the beat to catalyze a dance party with the crowd.
Hank & Cupcakes recorded their debut album with Swedish producer Ludwig Boss at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin where landmark records from U2, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, R.E.M. & many more were made. First single “Sweet Potion,” which premiered today with MTV Hive, is the perfect balance of Hank’s cool progression on the bass and Cupcakes’ lyrical hooks and percussive assault. They are offering it as a free MP3 in advance of a brand new EP release October 22nd on BMG Rights Management.
Don’t miss the duo when they take their magnetic live show on the road this month in anticipation of a 2013 album release that will further showcase their postmodern brand of disco pop.
Download: Hank & Cupcakes – “Sweet Potion”
10/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
10/19: Pittston, PA @ The Rattler
10/20: NYC Wreckroom CMJ showcase @ Fontana’s
10/23: Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
10/24: Charleston, SC @ The Sparrow
10/25: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits Live
10/26: Miami, FL @ The Stage
10/27: Tampa, FL @ Czar
10/28: Sarasota, FL @ Shamrock
10/31: Saratoga Springs, NY @ Putnam Den
11/1: Buffalo, NY @ Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar
11/2: Rochester, NY @ Bugjar
11/3: Harrisburg, PA @ HMAC
11/6: Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
11/7: Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird
11/8: Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
11/9: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
12/8: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge