Hank & Cupcakes Album Release Show 8pm
"We perform like our life depends on it, which it kinda does because we don't see ourselves doing anything else," says
Cupcakes, one half of Brooklyn-based duo HANK & CUPCAKES.
Recently named one of Time Out New York's "Must See" acts at CMJ 2010, Hank & Cupcakes captivate audiences and
dominate the stage with a unique performance and a "funky fresh sound," says the New York Post. As The Jerusalem
Post states very accurately, once they take the stage, they "create wildly invigorating music that is full of danger,
mystery, noise, and sex – all the ingredients of great rock and roll."
With Grammy Award-winning producer Mark B. Christensen (N.O.R.E., 50 Cent) at the wheel, their debut self-titled EP
has already generated plenty of underground critical buzz for its unique, uncompromising but highly addicting nature.
NYC's Dirty F*cking Hipster writes about the EP, "Right off the bat, this band introduced something sexy, something raw
and taboo. Two songs hit you in the face and before you've had time to put into perspective how awesome what's
happening really is, you've had an orgasm." Surprisingly, they're not wrong. From the opening synthesized basslines of
the New Wave disco of "Ain't No Love," the seethingly slinkiness that's a trademark of who they are hits you like a bag
full of Beth Dittos with a healthy slice of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Cupcakes' drumming lays down a bedrock back beat that's
solid enough to build a skyscraper on while she's wailing out a tough lyric with the soulfulness of an R&B diva. The 80s
funk of first single and video "Pleasure Town" is a jittery dance romp that New York Post describes as "a dunk-disco
enthused 'Love Shack'," and with good reason since it perfectly showcases Hank's popping bass mastery. The heartfelt
balladry of "Roses" and their dark and breathless cover of the Joy Division classic "She's Lost Control" round out the EP
into what The Deli pegs as "distinctive edgy sound… that is reminiscent of New York City's energy and restlessness
combined with bits of soulfulness and youthful spirit."