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Hank & Cupcakes
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Flush with simmering sexuality and irresistible dance pulse, Hank & Cupcakes are everything you would not expect them to be. Named in reference to notorious Charles ‘Hank’ Bukowski and one of his lovers ‘Cupcakes’, this Brooklyn based duo by way of Tel Aviv Israel & Melbourne Australia are the coalescence of rock without guitars and pop without synthesizers.
With their full luscious sound, breathtaking stage personas and the brutal honesty with which they play, Pedal board magician Hank commands an army of pedals with his bass guitar while powerhouse vocalist/drummer Cupcakes dominates the drums standing up while belting out emotive and groove filled vocals, making it difficult to believe there are only two people on stage. Pinpointing down to a certain genre of music is hard with this duo.
With a recklessness reminiscent of Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, an early RHCP rawness, a fun-punk Ting Tings vibe and a ‘The Kills’ raw rock sex appeal, Hank & Cupcakes are the embodiment of all of those, creating a new hybrid of music motivated by true freedom and boundless limits.
Hailed by MTV as a “Fresh new artist with an infectious blend of electro pop goodness” by Paste Magazine as “Irresistibly Danceable” and as having a “Funky Fresh Sound” by the New York Post, the powerful duo are now honing their explosive live performances in front of audiences as they tour the country in support of their third studio album ‘CHEAP THRILL’.
Queens based Raccoon Fighter have been keeping rock & roll alive in NYC since 2009. Friends since grade school, Sean Gavigan (vox/guitar) and Zac Ciancaglini (drums) have been playing in bands together for over a decade. Originally from small farm town – Vineland, NJ, the duo came up in Philadelphia and relocated to NYC in 2008 to work in recording studios and start a new band. They played their first show at the late/great Glasslands in the summer of ’09 where they met Gabe Wilhelm (vox/bass), also a Vineland native, who had relocated to do the same in ’05. Wilhelm (who was previously in Ryan Adams band The Cardinals during the making of Easy Tiger) joined on bass and instantly became a permanent fixture and collaborative songwriter. Collectively they’ve had the pleasure of working in the studio with Blonde Redhead, Real Estate, Willie Nelson, Minnie Driver and Warren Haynes to name a few. Their experience and versatility is apparent in the upcoming release Hover Craft – a perfect blend of polished punk psychedelia and lo-fi fuzzy garage bliss.
Since forming in 2009 they’ve built a solid fan base touring throughout North America with a staggering energy and out of control live show. They’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the likes of X Ambassadors, Joywave, Das Racist, Sunflower Bean, Jukebox The Ghost, Spirit Family Reunion, Ex Cops, Ski Beatz and The London Souls among many other local greats. The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 brought the band good fortune as they landed a few TV placements, including two songs on the Showtime series Shameless, beginning with the season premiere and multiple MTV spots. Their last EP – Spiral Flag, produced and recorded by the band on 4-track cassette (released on cassette) charted on CMJ at #18. The EP in the words of Alibi “comes off like a brawl between The Beatles White Album and T Rex’ The Slider” all the while putting their own modern twist on things, creating “a sound that’s both timeless and feels particularly of-the-moment”.
Hailed as “Masters of the short-form album” by Popmatters, their upcoming release Hover Craft continues on this path and raises the bar for what’s to come. Recorded at Strangeweather by comrad Rich Crescenti and mixed at Russell Street Recording by longtime confidant Alex Lipsen (Nada Surf, Phosphorescent, Okkervil River). Hover Craft is out August 26th on Papercup Music