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Love can be expressed in many ways. For Hank & Cupcakes, love is expressed through funky bass lines, catchy lyrics, and powerful hooks. The Tel Aviv natives are a pop duo who came to America to create their own kind of success story.
After deciding to make a major change in their lives, the two determined musicians chanced everything to move to the United States with one hope in mind: making it big. Never being in the country before, the band tried their luck and moved to the Empire State.
‚??We‚??ve never been in Brooklyn before, so it was really a blind kind of gamble,‚?Ě said Cupcakes, singer and drummer of the band. ‚??We just had this instinct that New York would be the place for us.‚?Ě
As it turns out, it was. Since 2008, Hank & Cupcakes have seen their share of success: touring all over the country, recording a debut album, and even recently signing a record deal with BMG Records.
Their music can be described by some as funky or catchy pop, but to really capture their unique style, one must experience a live performance by them. During any show, Hank can be seen delivering groovy bass lines while managing sound effects on his pedal board. Cupcakes stands by his side, banging on her drum kit while singing memorable melodies, pumping up the audience and inspiring dancing.
From the beginning, the group hadn‚??t planned on being a duo. Instead, it was something that just kind of happened, and worked.
‚??It wasn‚??t really a decision,‚?Ě explained Cupcakes. ‚??When we started the band, we were still in Tel Aviv, and there was no point in putting a band together with other musicians if we were about to leave. We started rehearsing together like crazy every day, and the sounds that were emerging were really cool, so by the time we came to New York, we realized that we don‚??t really need more musicians in the band.‚?Ě
The duo, named after famous American writer Charles ‚??Hank‚?Ě Bukowski and his real-life lover, Cupcakes, uses the band as a place to express their creative energy. Inspired by the busy life of the city, the band utilizes everyday New York to create their songs.
‚??We get inspired by our surroundings and the energy of the city,‚?Ě Cupcakes said. ‚??The bouncing energy inside us makes it come out somehow. Hank & Cupcakes has been a nice outlet for that (energy).‚?Ě
Hank & Cupcakes don‚??t regret their move to New York, as they have flourished in the comfort and acceptance that the American music scene has given them. Cupcakes talked about the unique music scene in America.
‚??We love that it‚??s so huge here and endless in opportunity. We could basically tour all year round and never hit the same place twice because the country‚??s so big. New York and the United States in general have such a beautiful music culture. There is a beautiful hospitality towards touring bands that we‚??ve noticed. It‚??s very deep in culture here, where it‚??s not so deep in Israel.‚?Ě
Joined by the Betty Harlot Band, Hank & Cupcakes will be performing songs from their debut album ‚??Ain‚??t No Love‚?Ě on Feb. 14 at The Rattler (137 N. Main St., Pittston). The night will include complimentary wine from 7-8 p.m. sponsored by the Betty Harlot Band and a special Valentine‚??s Day dinner.
‚??We actually play in Pennsylvania a lot,‚?Ě Cupcakes remarked. ‚??People there really let loose and go crazy and wild. That‚??s the way we like it.‚?Ě
Hank & Cupcakes / Betty Harlot Band: Feb. 14, 10 p.m., The Rattler (137 N. Main St., Pittston). $5

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