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Hank and Cupcakes
bus to pleasure town
by: Susi Muhr - October 5, 2009

Butt-shaking and heartbreaking at the same time, Hank and Cupcakes’ distinctively beat-driven electro-pop bursts with fresh bass hook lines, sexy grooves and remarkably multifaceted vocals. The duo’s new album, “Pleasure Town” has hit potential built around their immediate and straight-forward sound and offers an amazing mix of emotive power and freethinker attitudes, exploding into stirring electro fantasies. Their very own signature can be found in their version of Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control”, one of the best covers I’ve heard in a long time. Résumé: Go buy this baby!

Let’s start at the very beginning: When did you get together as Hank and Cupcakes?
A year and a half ago

Was it your first project, or have you played in other bands before?
We have been making music individually and together for the last 9 years but have never done anything that has a resemblance to what we are doing now – this is undiscovered territory!

Your new EP “Pleasure Town” is out now. Thinking back, what was the recording process like?
It was very exiting because we recorded in an all-analog process which is completely different from the way we have recorded until now. There’s no saving takes, no fixing mistakes and it all has to happen then and there.

Is there any ritual or peculiarity when it comes to songwriting and recording we should know about?
After the session we usually smother ourselves in maple syrup and go chasing squirrels in central park.

What’s your very own favorite song on the EP and why?
We really like all the songs but She’s Lost Control is special to us because it brought us a step forward in our musical language. Being a cover song it allowed us to be more of an interpreter, as opposed to carrying the entire emotional weight of an original song and that’s something we enjoyed immensely.

What or who is it that inspires you to make such music?
We are usually inspired by strong raw energy of living. It can be anything, it can be a person we meet in the street, it can be a great band we see, it can be good food. This project was born from a need we had for creating something new at a turning point in our life. We had just come back to Israel after living in Cuba and decided we wanted to head to New York, everything was changing for us and that inspired us to begin a new musical journey.

Imagine your tracks were chosen to be the soundtrack of a movie. Which one would it be?
Boogie Nights

I saw you played quite a few shows in Tel Aviv – how was your music received there? Would you say there are any differences to your American audience?
It was received really well. The audience in Tel Aviv is great, they pretty much dug it like they do here (Except for the Hebrew cheering of course!)



 
 

"This project was born from a need we had for creating something new at a turning point in our life. We had just come back to Israel after living in Cuba and decided we wanted to head to New York, everything was changing for us and that inspired us to begin a new musical journey."


Hank and Cupcakes
"Pleasure Town"


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what it is

Beat-driven electro-pop with soulful female vocals.