Hank and Cupcakes
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
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Hank and Cupcakes
For fans of Yeah Yeah Yeah's, The Gossip and Ting Tings.
Brooklyn's Hank & Cupcakes are the coalescence of rock without guitars and pop without synthesizers. Hailing from Tel Aviv, the duo consists of powerhouse vocalist/drummer Cupcakes and bassist/pedal board magician Hank. Named in reference to Charles "Hank" Bukowski and one of his real-life lovers "Cupcakes," the two are known for their explosive live performance, which finds the mesmerizing Cupcakes standing to bang on her drum kit, only breaking the beat to catalyze a wild dance party with the crowd. Fresh off of a US tour, the duo has kept busy spreading their infectious energy across the country.
"Hank and Cupcakes are, as the name implies, two people, Cupcakes, a charming girl and Hank, a handsome guy from Israel-by-way-of-Australia. When they get onstage, and she starts commanding her drumsticks and shimmying her shoulders, presiding over her drum kit like a Greek temple goddess, they become so much more. Their records pluck up handfuls of good-time soul and darkened '80s pop, stringing them all together with Cupcakes' ribbonlike vocals and Hank's masterful manning of bass-gone-electro, creating so much sound you wonder just how they pull it off." BrightestYoungThings
"And if you haven't heard the band's infectious blend of electro-pop goodness, then look no further than their latest video. In the trippy performance video, the duo jam out to their new record while decked in super sick outfits. As colorful lights flash and fill the space, Cupcakes bangs on a freestanding drum, Hank does his thing on the bass, and the pair truly "dance like no one's watching". And yes, like you, we've always thought that phrase was kinda cheesy, but just watch this video and TRY to tell us that line doesn't directly apply." MTV Buzzworthy
"Perched behind her drums, Cupcakes let out the pop-rock beats and lyrics with husband Hank handling bass and sample duties. It's pretty thick music for only two people and it works fantasically well. Catchy choruses, energetic performances with Cupcakes sometimes standing on top of the drums and Hank roaming into the crowd." Vibes Music
"When Hank & Cupcakes take the stage, their infectious energy dominates the room, generating a fierce groove that immediately has the crowd up and moving. First time fans may find themselves scrutinizing the stage, looking in vain for the guitar player that seems to be filling out the band's sound, but it's just Hank & Cupcakes." Flavorpill New York
MISSION ZERO is frequently asked the same two questions: “Are you guys twins?” and “Where’s the rest of the band?” Creating lush, shiny indie pop that fills a room, siblings Chenot and David Keith (no, they’re not twins) start with massive percussion and haunting vocals and flesh out their sound with both live and pre-programmed synth and guitar. As WPKN Radio put it,“They sound much bigger than a duo.”
In 2010, lead singer (and guitar and synth player) Chenot was inspired to write an album of solo pop. “I asked my brother to play drums and produce the record,” she says, “and eventually it was clear that we work so telepathically as musicians that we should make this solo project into a real band, and start touring.” That first album was followed by 2013’s Sky Candy EP, a collaborative effort that blends David’s fresh nonconformity as an arranger with Chenot’s pop sensibility. “The songwriting is basically now 50/50,” says drummer David, and their third album, People in Glass Yachts (May 2015), credits both brother and sister as writers on every track. Of their musical bond, Chenot explains: “Take two people with shared DNA, add a lifetime of common musical influences and experiences, and you have bandmates who make scarily similar choices in live performance… and the vocal blend of blood relatives is about more than pitch; it’s shared timing and inflection. It’s magical.”
The siblings have played separately and together all over the world in a variety of bands (including David’s current gigs with rock icon Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night). As Mission Zero, they’ve headlined at the world famous Whisky A Go Go, and opened for national acts Great Good Fine OK, Paperwhite, Jimmy Destri (of Blondie), Dreamers, Moon Honey, and Hank & Cupcakes. In 2016 they won the fan-voted title of "Best Indie Pop Band" in New England via The Deli New England's online poll, and with both east coast and west coast tours each year, plus David's growing status in Europe, their worldwide fan base keeps expanding.
Mission Zero has been compared to duos Phantogram and the Eurythmics, as they combine live and digital elements to create music that embodies the power and freedom the siblings feel by going it (mostly) alone and keeping total creative control of their art. Coming from a musical family, the duo has never doubted that music was their path, and with each album, their goal of making their livelihoods solely by making music comes closer. “We’re happiest up on stage together,” confesses Chenot, “doing what we were always meant to do.” Mission Zero is currently recording their upcoming album, Kit Cobra, to be released in the spring of 2017.