Flanked by huge lollipop-like stage props, Israeli electro pop duo Hank & Cupcakes took the Brooklyn Bowl stage by storm on Friday night. Before their set, the Brooklyn Bowl went dark and their newest video “Shut Up” played over the monitors at the venue, featuring the band in a foggy shower scene. Sensuality set the tone for their set as the married couple Sagit ‘Cupcakes’ Shir (on vocals and drums) and Ariel ‘Hank’ Scherbacovsky (bass), started the show with a long sensual make out session. Once the songs started however, it was all dance party for the band and crowd alike.
Much like other electro pop groups, The Ting Tings, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, or Matt and Kim – Hank & Cupcakes brings an energetic stage show. Scherbacovsky donned in a rainbow sports coat surrounded himself with an array of pedals allowing his bass to sound alternately like a keyboard, a lead guitar, and a bass all at the same time. Shir stood behind her kit and jumped around as she crooned and wailed into her mic. She ran around the stage and interacted with Scherbacovky, occasionally coming out for another long kiss. At one point they brought out a keyboard and percussion player and singer who provided extra layer to their sound.
The most memorable moments were the single “Cocaina” off of the band’s latest LP Cash 4 Gold (2014), which had the Williamsburg crowd singing along to the infectious chorus. However, the best response came from the last song “Aint No Love” off of the band’s first LP Naked which is the perhaps the band’s biggest hit. It was a great way to end a pleasurable and energetically danceable night
Article: Steven Klett
Photos: Manish Gosalia