ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Ain’t No’ sound like Hank & Cupcakes

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First Posted: 7/1/2013

Brooklyn (by way of Tel Aviv, Israel) duo Hank & Cupcakes gained a following with their edgy stage presence and undeniable beats on their visceral, spirited “Ain’t No Love” EP. After parting ways with their label last month, their independently-released full-length album, “Naked,” reveals a dynamic set of songs, from the frenzied bass lines and crashing drums of “See Through” to the pastel sound and candied lyrics pounding forward from the heart on “Tame a Fool.”

Bass-driven “Jersey Girl” takes the new working-class anthem to the dance floor with a playful jingle of percussion rising under Cupcakes’ dive bar croon. “Hit” pulses with her hypnotizing staccato. “Naked” takes a gorgeous mess of bass pedals and drums and tumbles them into multi-faceted dance rock gems.

After two rousing performances in NEPA and an exclusive interview and photo shoot with The Weekender, Hank & Cupcakes just announced a 55-date tour that begins at The Rattler (137 N. Main St., Pittston) on Thursday, July 18. Come see the couple, whose video for “Ain’t No Love” recently premiered on MTV Buzzworthy, and learn what all the fuss is about before the rest of the world catches on.

Hank & Cupcakes ‘Naked’ Rating: W W W W

-Kait Burrier, Weekender Correspondent