It's been an incredibly busy past few months for Brooklyn's incomparable dance-pop duo HANK & CUPCAKES. The pair spent this last August in Berlin recording their full-length debut (tentatively scheduled for an early spring release) with producer Ludwig Boss (A Band of Horses) at the legendary Hansa Studios (David Bowie, R.E.M., Nick Cave, KT Tunstall, Depeche Mode, Iggy Pop, U2). From there, the band who Time Out New York calls a "must see", embarked on cross-country tour including dates at CMJ.
Hank & Cupcakes show no signs of slowing down as they close out 2011 with a slew of newly announced US shows, including a supporting slot in New York City on New Year's Eve performing with the inimitable Deadmau5. Additionally, early 2012 sees the band poised to take over Europe and the Middle East, with several dates abroad in January and February (tour dates below).
Incessant action and whirlwind touring are nothing new to Hank & Cupcakes, who formed in Tel Aviv just prior to moving to Cuba where they spent six months of musical exploration. The duo ended up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn almost two years ago, drawn by what Cupcakes describes as "the music, the streets, the energy, the electricity and the nonstop movement of NYC... We feel we can't just sit still here and have the urge to be in constant musical motion." But if these two feel drawn to NYC, it's clear that the city strongly reciprocates that very sentiment.
Their self-titled EP burst with insanely tight, danceable songs that earned praise from MTV ("fresh new artist"), Paste, URB Magazine, Village Voice, New York Post, and Time Out New York among others. Huffington Post named the band one of the 15 Musical Acts Positioned to Break Out in 2011 and looking back, it's clear that it has indeed been a banner year for Hank & Cupcakes. The upcoming year certainly looks to be just as promising for the duo as the last, and these shows are absolutely worth catching - as Huffington Post said, "the most fun you will have listening to any band in the new year - guaranteed!"
Hank & Cupcakes tour dates
12.16.11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Vertigo Room at The Complex
12.17.11 - Reno, NV @ Centric at Commrow
12.18.11 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim
12.20.11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos w/ Halt L.A. FIM, Mo-Odds, California Lions
12.21.11 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan Hotel
12.22.11 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan Hotel 12.27.11 - New York, NY @ WIP Dropout Party w/ Shoot The Freek & Velta
12.31.11 - New York, NY @ Pier 36 w/ Deadmau5
1.18.2012 - Malmo, Sweden @ Debaser
1.21.2012 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
1.26.2012 - Tel Aviv, Israel @ Levontin 7
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