Hank & Cupcakes, Van Goose

Hank & Cupcakes

Van Goose

Sat, August 5, 2017

9:00 pm

The Capitol Room

Harrisburg, PA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Hank & Cupcakes
Hank & Cupcakes
"Fresh new artist" - MTV.com

"Funky fresh sound" - New York Post

"Hard and fast yet so electro-disco, Hank & Cupcakes spin vicious pop that is just as good for rocking out as it is for dancing. They sound insanely polished, they have boundless energy…either we’re getting punked somehow or this duo is looking at quick big things." - Metromix New York

"The most fun you will have listening to any band in the new year." - Huffington Post

"When Hank & Cupcakes take the stage, their infectious energy dominates the room, generating a fierce groove that immediately has the crowd up and moving." - Flavorpill New York

“Williamsburg duo Hank & Cupcakes pumps out tight, funky indie pop with impressively sturdy hooks. ” - Time Out New York

"…irresistibly danceable" - Paste

"The distinctive edgy sound and overall attitude of this minimalist but successful duo is reminiscent of New York City’s energy and restlessness combined with bits of soulfulness and youthful spirit." - The Deli NYC

"In only a year the Brooklyn based duo known as Hank & Cupcakes have become underground music royalty in New York City." - Examiner.com New York

"Hank & Cupcakes' brand of dance music is both well-executed and catchy. Standing at the drums, Cupcakes kept the beat and remained alarmingly pitch perfect as Hank brought the funk with some incredibly skillful bass work..." - Jezebel Music

"Hank & Cupcakes manages to combine superb songwriting with the infectious rhythmic patterns of early '70s disco and funk, and audience-friendly hooks." - Hybrid Magazine

"The duo's impressive sound is so big that it's hard to believe that they are only a two piece band…This band is fun, unique, very talented, and if you get the chance to check them out live, you won't regret it." - Examiner.com Boston

Our Bio:
Hank & Cupcakes started out of Boredom. Here’s what happened:
We’d just recently returned from a crazy weird adventure in Havana, Cuba, where we’d been intensely studying Cuban Music for six months. It got a bit too crazy so we decided to go back to Tel Aviv, wrap up our lives and relocate to New York. We didn’t know anyone, we had no plan, it was just a hunch.

We weren’t taking on any new projects during this transition period, so one day I said to Hank, “Let’s just have a rehearsal and see what happens.” We knew there was no point in recruiting more musicians since we were going to leave anyway, so it was just us: Hank on the bass and me, Cupcakes, on the vocals & drums, fucking around.

One rehearsal led to another and another until Hank eventually said about a week later: “Why don’t we just rehearse everyday?” We didn’t plan on becoming a bass & drums duo, we thought that once we’d arrive to NYC we’d meet more musicians and form a ‘proper’ band, but during those few months of intense daily rehearsing, a sound was developing that was different and it became clear that this there was nothing missing.

We arrived in NYC late 2008 and were blown away by this magnificent inspiring city and it’s inhabitants. We had no idea what to do or how to start so the first thing we did was rent a daily slot at a rehearsal studio. The city was like a turbo engine in our creative process and new songs were fast to come. We had no idea who to talk to about booking a show and how the whole ‘business’ worked but after writing email after email, combing the city for venues we finally booked our first show at the end of 2008. There were 13 people there including Hank’s parents who were visiting and a handful of (the only) people we knew and the other band who played with us that night. The excitement of playing in New York City started such a fire in our bones that we didn’t stop and played every single show we were offered, hauling our gear in the subway and through the snow since we didn’t want to spend money on taxis. It came to a point where we were playing 3-4 shows a week in NYC alone. We then decided to spread our wings and started playing out of the city as much as we could. A weekend turned into a week which turned into a month and so on. Since arriving to the U.S, we’ve played hundreds of shows all over the country including some really awesome festivals and clubs.

We’re forever grateful to all the people who believe in us, to all our fans who come to our shows and to New York City for being an endless source of inspiration. See you soon on the road!

xx
Hank & Cupcakes
Van Goose
Van Goose
I'm Van Goose AKA Shlomi Lavie AKA Kroovi AKA Yon Yonson (what can one do). I'm a multi instrumentalist, producer, engineer, solo artist and performer.

Throughout my career, I've performed and recorded with hundreds of artists, bands and toured the world. These days I'm mainly focusing on producing records as well recording my own music.

Among the artists I've worked, recorded and performed with are Marcy Playrgound, Dolchnakov Brigade, Habiluim, Berry Sakharoff, Nanuchka, Hank & Cupcakes, Arik Einstein, Dan Aykroyd, Yonatan Gat(Monotonix), Ryan Gosling, Radiator King
Venue Information:
The Capitol Room
1110 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17102
http://www.harrisburgarts.com