Hank and Cupcakes
Flush with simmering sexuality and irresistible dance pulse, Brooklyn-based Hank & Cupcakes are the coalescence of rock without guitars and pop without synthesizers. Hailing from Tel Aviv, the duo consist 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," they have been honing their explosive live performances in front of US audiences since they arrived in 2008. Fully realized now, the show is a raucous bash, where the mesmerizing Cupcakes stands to bang her drum kit only breaking the beat to catalyze a dance party with the crowd.
Rising from the Brooklyn underground, Dynasty Electric’s explosive live shows and unique blend of electro pop and psychedelic punk rock has earned the group critical praise and attention from around the globe. Fronted by the powerful and seductive vocals (and theremin) of Jenny Electrik, Dynasty Electric’s retro-futuristic pop sound is crafted by Seth Misterka (Anthony Braxton, Shy Child, Hot Chip), featuring his densely layered production and live instrumentation.
In 2009, the group caught the attention of hip-hop mogul Damon Dash and entered into the studio with legendary producer Ski Beatz (Jay-Z, Camp Lo, Curre$y), who infused their infectious electro-pop melodies with his signature beats and created a sound that quickly infiltrated the New York nightlife scene. The album, Golden Arrows, was independently released in May 2011. British music news outlet NME named “Radiation”, a track from the record as one of the “Top MP3 Downloads” during that week. Dynasty Electric was also named an “Artist to Watch” on Clear Channel’s iheart radio. The title track was featured in a Victoria’s Secret ad campaign.
In the summer of 2011, Dynasty Electric released a single “Electric Love” (with guest drummer Brian Chase from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and signed with Brooklyn-based label No Shame. Their self-titled album was produced by David Maurice (Kerli, Garbage) and features critically acclaimed turntablist DJ Logic. It was released in May 2012. The first single and video “Eye Wide Open” premiered on Nylon Blog, aired on MTV’s 120 minutes and has become a viral youtube hit. It has also been the subject of over 450 remixes world-wide through Indaba Music. The second single, “Just Like That” was featured in a Victoria’s Secret National TV commercial.
Presently, Dynasty Electric is launching their own label and events company, NewSonic, based on the success of their infamous Brooklyn warehouse parties. NewSonic, featured in BlackBook Magazine, is known for it’s diverse scene of incredible musicians, visual artists, and visionaries.
Dynasty Electric has toured Japan, Taiwan, Canada, the Dominican Republic and all over the United States. Some notable past gigs include direct support for Girltalk and Paul Oakenfold at Summerfest, tours with the Meat Puppets and Curren$y, and performances at Highline Ballroom, Bowery Ballroom, Gramercy Theater, Webster Hall, Joe’s Pub, Brooklyn Museum, Tribeca Grand Hotel, Santos Party House, SXSW, CMJ, PEX, DBMC, and Burning Man.
Atlanta-based electroacoustic band, Stokeswood, was formed in 2004 by lead vocalist and acoustic guitar player, Adam Patterson, and lead electric guitarist, Mark Godwin. The five-piece also comprises a drummer, keyboardist, and bass player. Stokeswood's independently released debut album, Carassia (2009), is like a sonic excursion between the lines of a poet's story-telling prowess. Thoughtful introspection on the human condition is amplified and challenged by the layered accents of electroacoustic guitars, pianos, synths, strings and drums. The soulful and captivating vocals of Patterson carry each melody flawlessly through the rhythms and musical harmonies of each track. From start to finish, the album sparkles with intelligent musicality and impressive originality. Their songs are layered and euphonious with stimulating idiosyncrasies. Stokeswood's sophomore album, “In the Field of the Vibrations,” showcases a vocal-centric aesthetic and an array of synthesizers and guitars that are illuminated by infectious dance beats. The evolution from jam to joyfully danceable was a natural progression over the course of the past year in the studio with Justin Mullinix of Generator Sound Studios in Atlanta. Protégé to Billy Hume, Mullinix has been dubbed the “Wonderboy of Indie Rock” for his eclectic ear and ability to cultivate a band’s sound. The new album is slated for release in March 2011.